Furen Dai This project consists of 50 handmade lanterns in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Dai interviewed around 50 residence of the the Boston area with four questions commonly used on The VISA Application for the United States.
Ethan Vogt & Giovanna Casimiro To celebrate the beginning of the Old Corner Bookstore's third century of continuous use, artists Ethan Vogt, Giovanna Casimiro and a technical team created an Augmented Reality (A.R.) invention that reveals the past and envisions its future.
Karim Badwan ’Aurora’ is an animated and immersive light display that will consist of 24 color changing LED fixtures installed along the wall of Macy’s under the canopy on Summer Street. Visitors experienced a vivid and unpredictable illumination of pulsating colors.
Cindy Sherman Bishop, Andrew Ringler & Phillip Gedarovich Boston’s Spring Lane was transformed into ‘Wellspring Fords,’ a communal watering hole that encompasses the days of Shamut peninsula before the Pilgrims to the present day.
Pamela Hersch ’Revision’ is a site-specific projection mapping that aims to capture the audience by witnessing the slow changes of texture, color, and subtle juxtaposition of raw footage on a historic Boston facade. The piece begins with the original state of the building, then adds texture, color, fire, water, and air, and eventually returns to the beginning. Pamela’s work subtly incorporates the element of music by setting the pace of “revision” to Schubert’s Impromptu, Op. 90 in G Flat Major.
Devon Bryant ’Geometric Sequences’ uses morphing shapes as a playful intervention of the mundane orthogonal geometries of the existing architecture. In this way, Geometric Sequences attempts to animate the inanimate.
Sam Okerstrom-Lang ’Skin of a House’ is a site specific projection mapped screening based off of the exterior. The artist approach was to observe and peek behind the curtain in order to extenuate a type of breathing and living that happens within the building. As a result this practice influences the behavior of the facade and how it would act as skin to the living organism of its architecture.
Lady Elizabeth Pabon & Meta Movements ’Connection Through Projection’ brings Havana, Cuba to streets of Downtown Crossing, Boston. Live stream video projections of dancers in Havana, Cuba lead crowds of visitors in Timba lines, a type of dance which fuses numerous cuban dance styles including salsa, casino, afro-cuban, son, and cuban contemporary.
Gary Halliwell, Christina Zwart, and Ian Condry ’Disco Dogs’ invites visitors to dance away the stress over the state of contemporary America. A mobile disco unit roams the streets of ILLUMINUS 2017 providing emergency dance to all who need it. Look out for the Disco Dogs dancing above the crowds.
Vanessa Till Hooper The installation highlights the global need for clean, affordable light and draws our attention to the importance of the intersection between design and technology that is critical in developing renewable energy sources.
Tristan Rudat, Patrick Ryan & Slime Bubble ’Alien TV's’ 20th Century Time Machine Television transport's viewers through a re-contextualized century of media. Sound and video transport folks through one of the craziest times in recorded history.
Zoe Dance Zoé Dance nurtures the art of dance, dance theatre and performance through accessible performance venues, educates the public and creates social awareness through themes explored in repertory.
Fish McGill, Nathan Thomas Wilson & Saul Baizman ’Anything is Popsicle!’ is an installation of screens housed within popsicle shapes. Each popsicle screen features a different animated robot, animal, or character dancing within the frozen treat when a viewer approaches.
Reynaliz Herrera ’Ideas, Not Theories & its Bicycle Orchestra’ presents a larger scale adaptation of the original bicycle music featured in Reynaliz's theatrical percussion show "Ideas, Not Theories." The musical, acrobatic, theatrical performance features 8 percussionists drumming on 6 bicycles used as musical instruments. The result is a one-of-a-kind, quirky and engaging experience for everyone.
Jeff Lieberman ’Slow dance’ is a picture frame that makes real objects appear to move in slow motion. By taking advantage of the limits of human visual perception, this optical illusion sculpture appears to be doing the impossible — right before your eyes. Slow Dance combines technology, science, and art, in order to remind us of the natural mystery, beauty, and wonder that surround us every day.
Peter DiMuro ’Public Displays of Motion’ along with guests from The Dance Complex illuminate a path in and among the streets, alleys, windows and doorways of downtown Boston, with movement installations, dances to watch and dances to participate in along the way.
Tercieux Matthieu & Cart'1 By means of hijacked tools coming from the universe of video games like the kinect or the wiimote, the artist Cart’1 can then realize graffiti in video projection by rediscovering sensations and effects similar to the bombs of spray.
Tim Hall ’Words for the Soul’ is a roving poetry installation where Tim Hall performs original works for audiences at the festival. Catch Tim moving through the crowd and performing at several different locations throughout the night - bringing small pockets and quiet streets of the festival to life with his words and passion.
George Fifield is the founding director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which programs numerous art and technology projects, including the Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Jamaica Plain and two large public LED screens in downtown Boston, Art on the Marquee, on the 80 foot video marquee in front of the Boston Convention Center and the Harbor Island Welcome Center screens in the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. Last year, Boston Cyberarts has curated The Augmented Landscape, large augmented reality sculptures at The Salem Maritime National Historic Site. He was executive co-producer for The Electronic Canvas, a documentary on the history of the media arts that aired on PBS in 2000. Fifield writes on a variety of media, technology and art topics for numerous publications. In 2006, the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Boston Chapter honored Fifield with the First Annual Special Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Arts Community. In 2007 the Boston Cyberarts Festival was the recipient of the Commonwealth Award in the category of Creative Economy.
Maggie Cavallo is a curator and educator based in Boston, MA dedicated to providing dynamic learning experiences with, through and for the arts. Recent projects include Beyond the Lesson Plan: A Dialogue on Teaching and Learning in the Arts and Standard Practice an exhibition of recent work by Joanna Tam both at Montserrat College of Art, re: no subject featuring the photographs of Vela Oma, Genesis Baez, Todd Danforth and DEAD ART STAR at UMASS Amherst and The Highest Closet, featuring work by Sarah Hill, Hayley Morgenstern, Creighton Paecht Baxter and Jessica Borusky at the 301 Gallery. Cavallo is also the co-founder of Alter Projects, a social-hybrid company that provides arts programming and consultation to corporate clients, non-profit organizations and artists themselves. Clients include the AIDS Action Committee, the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston and Illuminus. Cavallo was the Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art from 2010-2015 and is currently acting as a researcher and Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she is co-developing a course on Public Art and Learning. She received a BA in Media, Society and the Arts from SUNY Purchase and an Ed.M in Arts in Education from Harvard University.