Harbor Voices ’My name translated is Strength’ is a collection of ancestral and recent stories of immigration and origin and connects stories of the past to stories of the present in immersive community collaborative public art installations. We strengthen community bonds by finding parallels in our common story and celebrate cultural diversity in harbor communities.
Pneuhaus ‘Compound Camera’ is an immersive environment exploring the mechanism of sight. The multifaceted inflatable structure is comprised of 109 pinhole camera, each of which share a slightly different viewport from one another. From a single vantage point, viewers experience a mode of vision that can be compared to being inside a fly's eye.
Izobrulo Polylight Ilya Sobol Ivan Kabalin ‘HeartHug’ takes the hugging experience between people and visualizes it to the city. When spectators hug beneath the sculpture, the heart will light up. The more people hug, the brighter the heart will shine.
Vanessa Hafenbrädl Ellen Oliver ‘Antipode Tunnel’ is a collaboration between two artists across continents. Vanessa Hafenbrädl is a visual artist specializing in projection and video from Germany, and dancer/choreographer Ellen Oliver, a Boston local. The haunting shadow of the dancer is intended to mimic hybrid creatures that embody the hopes and fears of human beings as it relates to a timeless feeling of escapism. The intention of this piece is to provide viewers with an experience that can expand their habitual views of the world.
Stephen Gleason Drew Andre Tristan Walker ‘INSOUND’ is an immersive light and sound installation where visitors can experience what it might be like to be inside of a piece of music. How the music sounds depends on how one moves through installation. To this end, rather than passively listening to music, ‘INSOUND’ invites visitors to actively listen and reinvent the music.
Andrew Hlynsky ’Lumaplane One’ strives to combine physical interaction, fluid patterns and light that will be displayed on a large interactive LED table. This piece invites a collaboration with the goal of bringing together strangers to create a single unified creative experience.
Max Schaffer As a queer person, bathrooms are a constant reminder that one does not fit in. But traditional “gendered” signage is persistent even in the most liberal cities, despite being so simple & cheap to update. ‘me(n)w(o)me(n)’ shows the true fluidity of seemingly permanent institutions, the range of diversity hidden within our binaries, and the ease with which we can break free from them with just a little creativity.
Jessie Klein Brian Paulding 'A Conversation’ uses the template of a building in downtown Boston to create a painting while listening to a music composition by Brian Paulding. The work is projected in animation on the building facade. An original score is composed in response to the painting creating a conversation between music, art, and space.
Sarah Brophy Inspired by plant life that manages to thrive in hostile environments, ‘Resistance Garden’ examines what it means to exist and adapt to life in a place where the odds are against you. By flourishing under adverse and severe circumstances, species such as Witch Hazel and Purple Saxifrage subvert the traditional meaning of femininity and delicacy that have long been associated with flowers. Positioned opposite of the patriotic Victory Gardens, Resistance Garden stands strongly in defiance of a system that seeks to devalue female bodies and limit access to basic needs.
Oompa ‘Catcall, Shouldercheck’ is a multi-media concert experience brought to you by Boston’s own Oompa. The piece explores the intersections of class, blackness, queerness, fatness, and the way that joy becomes a revolutionary experience when in the body of people at those intersections.
Stephanie Houten ’PLAY’ is an interactive audiovisual installation that is activated through the triggering of buttons by passerby. Users explore rhythm and improvisation with this installation, creating collaborative and impromptu sequences that are both visual and musical.
Brushstrokes on the Wall
Mitsuko Nakagawa ’Brushstrokes on the Wall’ attempts to explore how it is sometimes hard to express voices inside of ourselves. These visual presentation of brushstrokes are abstract forms of voices which are not heard in the society.
Black Math ‘Digital Playground’ is a playful experiment exploring simple physics and music aiming to create a fun and exciting interactive experience. By projection mapping the surface of the building, Black Math introduces numerous gravity-affected balls to the environment. As the balls free fall through the environment, they collide with architectural elements of the building, each producing a distinct tone based on a musical scale, which would contribute to a continuously evolving soundscape.
Together with Another
Yuqiao Qin Danni Huang ‘Together with Another’ is a projection based installation that physically separates multiple users on its two sides, while still allowing its users to virtually interact with each other. Thus, the interaction between the people on the two sides become an experience the complexities of one on one relationships.
Teresita Cochran ’Boston 2070’ is a temporal sculpture, representing the cityscape of downtown Boston as it faces the inevitable future of dramatic sea level rise. The artwork shows a representation of the Boston skyline encased in a solid block of ice, surrounded by standing heat lamps. When a guest approaches the sculpture they trigger one heat lamp to turn on, when more people surround the sculpture, more heat lamps will turn on, exculpating the melting of the block of ice revealing the cityscape within. As the ice melts it fills up a basin of water, and when the ice is completely melted there will be a sea of water surrounding the city at the height of projected sea level rise in 2070, illustrating what effect one can have on Boston and the environment.
Back to the Drawing Board
Philip Knodle Mac Pierce Jake Kassen ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ is an interactive kinetic sculpture that translates the nature of public discourse into an object. The piece invites the public to write or draw on a transparent medium that works its way through a series of rollers to a stack of lenses akin to an overhead projector.
When the Sea Rises
Destiny Polk ‘When the Sea Rises’ inspired by the James Baldwin quote, “The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out,” is a video performance artwork exploring the importance of keeping faith in one another. The film features the artist herself as well as other dancers moving within different spaces to confront our weaknesses, fears and shortcomings. It tells a story of not giving up on each other despite how hard and how heavy life can get.
New American Scholar
JennyMae Kho, Emerson College Inspired by the rich literary history of Boston and the Old Corner Bookstore, this projection of light and sound explores the passions of writers and activists such as Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. By remixing their texts for today, we rediscover work that remains as relevant and revolutionary as it was almost 200 years ago
Light It Up
Summer Street Brass Band ‘Light it Up’ is a light and music instillation that captures the sounds of each brass instrument and produces a visual representation of the music in real time, as they performing popular jazz, funk, and latin tunes.
Eric Corriel ‘Targeted’ is a site-specific interactive video installation that aims to make the invisible visceral by making the experience of being targeted felt by everyone, not just the usual suspects.
Xinye Lin Inspired by William Blake’s poem To See a World…, ‘Zero’ uses topological models as prototypes to explore and illustrate the Multi-dimensional space and the Parallel universe within the human mind.
Alexandre Simionescu ‘Inner Reflectance’ is an interactive art installation reacting to the visitors presence by propagating color flares onto the canopy. Each each participant who lifts their arms can paint the canvas, moving the color and paint with gesture and motion.
Randal Thurston, Suffolk University ‘Arrival’ is a projection artwork comprised of photographs, historical documents, maps and student developed text. The piece works to bring to the forefront a theme of Neighborhood, specifically within the building site and the Suffolk community.
Studio HHH ‘Serpentine’ is an original site specific public artwork designed for the Atrium at 100 Federal in Downtown Boston, commissioned by Boston Properties. The sculpture consists of eight individual hanging elements, enveloped in projection mapped video art. The movement and color crossing all surfaces folds the individual elements together into a singular whole, creating a serpentine like form arcing through the large glass hall.
Vanessa Hafenbrädl ‘Erlinde’ evolved out of an interest in creating creatures of a hybrid nature that project the fears and hopes of human beings with a contemporary relevance to current international politics, as well as a timeless projection of escapism. The audience will delve into a dreamlike underwater world, surrounded by mythical hybrid figures that beckon, call as well as accuse, only to realize that maybe some of the figures are real and seem strangely familiar.
Flycycle ‘Lightning Bug’ is an interactive bike rack intended to delight the cyclist and add creative illumination to an often overlooked urban artifact. This installation asks what more a bike rack could be beyond its accepted form and function. What would it mean to have smart bike racks all over our cities and towns?
The Other Side
Pamela Hersch ‘The Other Side’ is an animated, site-specific piece. The moving, visual language of the animation is inspired by the architecture of the atrium at 100 Federal Street. The content is intended to be experienced as an extension of the structure coming to life. The work aims to give viewers a reason to pause for a moment—whether they are spending time in the great atrium or just passing through—as they see something that exceeds the ordinary.
Use Your VOTE
Anna Farrington With ‘Use Your VOTE,’ artist Anna Farrighton wants to remind viewers of all the people who made voting possible, hopefully inspiring them to use their vote to express their views. We have a patriotic duty to respect the efforts of those who worked tirelessly to create our democracy, and a duty to exercise the rights that they provided us.