PASEO 2019 Overview

Ryon Gesink, The Numinous Eye Arch

The PASEO 2019 Festival Overview

PASEO 2019’s theme is “Connections.” A series of immersive and participatory art installations that celebrate, contemplate, and question our interactions with each other, nature, and the world. The festival features more than 30 works, ranging from low-tech to new media, all united by their active engagement with the public and with place, whether projecting on Taos’s adobe walls or highlighting its historic acequias.

Artistic Director/Curator: J. Matt Thomas
Festival Manager: Rita O’Connell
Meet the entire PASEO 2019 festival team.


Below is a quick guide to PASEO 2019, organized by location. Note the installations that are part of Paseo Project’s Aceqia Aquî project, new in 2019. You can also print a PASEO 2019 map brochure (12 x 20″ and 5.2MB PDF). Or print as a four-page 8.5 x 11″ PDF (1.7MB)

paseo 2019 mapTaos Plaza

[18] Soundscape: The Audio Vortex by Katie Osborne of Taos is a sculpture of a gigantic set of fully functional headphones. They have a fantastical sense about them; a supersized object like something from Alice in Wonderland or James and the Giant Peach. Soundscape pulls people in and allows them to escape for a bit through music.

[22] Waterlight Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau from France is an interactive artwork in the form of a wall of thousands of LEDs illuminating in contact with water. The public is invited to express itself on this luminous surface by drawing or writing with a brush or a spray.

[9] hors-affichage by Lothario Areski from Mexico. In French, hors-affichage means “outside display.” It is a game installation based on deconstruction; it questions the way video games are traditionally displayed, opposing planar vs volumetric displays and thus challenging the space in which video games can be deployed.

[5] Create by Vagrant Heart of Taos will create a hands-on experience mimicking the use of spray paint and the combination of light effects upon a 3D graffiti lettering sculpture.

[7] Empowering Clerks Network Office Hours by New Yorker Ori Alon is an international organization issuing various official documents such as Forgiver’s Licenses, Joy Permits, Open Carry permits for musical instruments, Alternative Street Signs, OK Parent Award, Apology Declaration, Relationship Order Form, DIY Certificate of Recognition, Refurbished Report Cards, Adults Special Achievement Stickers and more.

[11] Miniature Opera Project: #1 UNKNOWN, a journey was created by Texas artist Marco Buongiorno Nardelli. In the Miniature Opera Project, space becomes an interactive score; its audience creates unique musical sequences by making choices about connective paths on a physical art piece. The libretto for the miniature opera UNKNOWN, a journey is composed by the following words: TRANSFORM, ILLUMINATE, FLOURISH, SYNTHESIZE, EVOLVE, LISTEN, ENVISION, STEW, PITCH, FAIL, PRUNE, and DIG.

[i] wUNDER by Twirl, A Play and Discovery Space: Nikki Ross, Nina Silfverberg, Anais Rumfelt. What magic lies beneath our feet? What we perceive is only the tippy top of a vast network of invisible connections that create and support life, including our own. Explore the connected-ness of the natural world from the (under) ground up.

Kit Carson Park

[19] Tonglen by Ryan Mathern of Georgia is a placid face of segmented, polished metal, eyes calm and lips pursed, supported by a neck armature containing two volumes, a diamond and a heart. People can contract and expand a bellows, causing the face to exhale — a prayer engine of steel and breath.

[21] Visual Audio by Alison Johnson and Thomas Vause of Santa Fe is an interactive audio-visual projection. Audience members of all ages can create vector art using their voices. The visual output is manipulated through the amplitude and tone of the audio input in real time.

[3] cityBEAT (Taos) by Lindsey Piscitell, Ariana Vassilopoulou, Regina Cantu de Alba (from New York, NY, Mexico City, Mexico; Nicosia, Cypress). It is comprised of 270 lazer cut triangles, 50 feet of vacuum tube, 30 yards of velvet and silk and 3,000+ neopixels, and is supported by two custom fabricated micro controllers and touch capacitive sensors. It draws the user to engage not only with the light sculpture but those around them as well.  

27] Acequia Madre by Rica Maestas of Albuquerque is a series of surreal sunset and evening tours of the Acequia Madre led by the most infamous acequia mother of all, La Llorona, conducted in collaboration with Tessa Cordova and Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte. A Paseo Acequia Aquî installation.

[30] Spinning with Water Wisdom by Juanita J. Lavadie, Olivia Romo and David García of Taos and Española. Artists and participants listen and stories while spinning and weaving recycled cloth. They will produce a 5-foot round woven mat of handspun cloth. In collaboration with: Taos Valley Acequia Association, Judy Torres and Taos youth. A Paseo Acequia Aquî installation. 

[28] The Knot, the Loom, and the Relationship by xiili sarkela, Olivia Romo, Suldano Abdiruhman of Taos and Ramah, New Mexico uses textile-based languages to honor and protect our water and culture. Viewers help local artisans and weavers create woven blue wool handkerchiefs and small colcha tapestries, tokens of our relationship to the water and to the story-keepers. A Paseo Acequia Aquî installation. 

[2] 1:44 Turquoise Portal by Harlan Emil Gruber of Oakdale, New York is a 24-by-20-foot geometric structure made of a steel frame with a plywood exterior and a wood and plywood raised floor. The Quasar Wave Transducer low frequency feedback device housed below the floor plays sounds of healing.

Civic Plaza Drive

[26] With Open Arms We Welcomed That Which Would Destroy Us by Christian Ristow of Taos is a sculpture of a seated robot deity. From a distance, it is beautiful and seductive, yet on closer inspection it reveals its true nature. It is not evil; it’s a robot. It has its own directives. And like any god, we created it and gave it its power.

13] Numinous Eye Arch by Ryon Gesink of Oakland California welcomes guests to PASEO 2019 with multiple fire elements lighting the pathway for the PASEO.

[14] Our Top 100: Taos by Jody Servon of Boone, North Carolina is a participatory project in which community members share a song and a memory associated with that song in written form. Each song is added to a community-specific playlist that is played on a loop for all to hear at each location, and online.

[12] Mitt Uthus by Christina Sporrong of Taos is a contemplative installation by contrasting the beauty and simplicity of an outhouse with the images that mirror our complex tech-oriented world today. Maybe in this slightly absurd and juxtaposed setting, one can get closer to the fundamental law of nature that everything is indeed impermanent, and can see that everything is ingested and excreted in a never-ending cycle.

[10] Lay With Me, 2019 by physically handicapped artist Jessica Blinkhorn of Atlanta places the artist in a hospital bed in an open space. During the performance, her caregiver will perform a live transfer — removing her body from her wheelchair to rest in the hospital bed. Individuals are encouraged to get into the bed and lay with her for a moment.

[8] The Enchilada Western Museum of Fetishized Identities by art cooperative, La Pocha Nostra (Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Saul Garcia Lopez/La Saula, Balitronica Gómez) from San Francisco, presents a living dioramas enacting all of the extreme performance personas that reveal the contradictions of Taos, including “white Indians,” “fake shamans,” “tourists on steroids” and “fetishized identities.” La Pocha Nostra is Paseo Project’s 2019 Artist in Residence and has worked with Taos locals to create this performance.

[j] UNM-Taos: Tripping the Light Fantastic: Heather Marie Bergerson, Seth D. Myers, Sarah Stolar, and Enrico Trujillo. Choreograph your own screendance experience. Activate sensors by moving your body; videos of dancers leaping, floating, and twisting in the air are triggered in real time and projected large-scale.

Bent Street and John Dunn Walkway

[32] Implied Line, El Linaje Implícito by Ruben Olguin of Roswell, New Mexico is a video installation along “The Old Ditch,” which used to run through the old town/plaza area of Taos village. The video highlights the balance of the ecosystem and reliance on rainwater. A Paseo Acequia Aquî installation.

[16] Scanners is by Bill Dolson of Santa Fe. In Scanners, outdoor video installations project geometric computer animations onto vegetation and terrain. Scanners replicates and models a significant process of modernity, the creation of lines of demarcation, division, and segmentation; the gridding of the natural world. These artworks provide a visceral experience of the mechanisms and limitations of this method of understanding nature.

[24] what we are /what we could/BE MORE:Words of Becoming by Jerry Wellman of Santa Fe invites participants to be involved in the activity of building their very own talisman. This is an exhibit on how art, universal values and activism can intersect. It’s the idea that art practice can have a different kind of vibrancy around it and can speak back; that art can be active rather than passive.

[6] El Agave by Britney King and Jennifer Nev-Diaz of Albuquerque is an immersive interactive environment that incorporates the use of video mapping projection and sensors to allow audiences to elicit a response from the Agave sculpture. As participants walk through the space, their proximity, speed, and height will inform the programming language to create correlating visuals and audio. TÓ ÉÍ ÍÍNÁ ÁT’É (water is life) — it connects us; cleanses us, fosters growth, and nurtures the world around us.

Kit Carson Road

[25] When Shouting Produces No Echo by Caitlyn Au of Taos reinterprets the mid-autumn tradition of moon viewing in the context of diasporic experience. In reframing the custom of moon viewing, it expands notions of tradition, authenticity, and ownership. Tucked into the built environment and hidden in plain sight, the projections are non-spectacles. They do not solicit attention; rather, they are stumbled upon and discovered, engaging viewers’ sense of curiosity and delight.

Paseo del Pueblo Norte

[17] So Many of Us by Corwin Levi of Harrisville, New Hampshire is a series of immersive video projections. The animations speak to our interconnectedness and the fragility of us individually and as a group.

[4] CLOUDNET by Andy Wagener of New York is a dynamic light and sound structure that is activated by the movement of observers and passersby. As thunderous booms echo from its core, for a moment, participants can experience on a small scale what it’s like to control the uncontrollable.

[1] *HUGS* by Robyn Sanford from Cochella Valley, California is a large, soft sculpture spelling out the word “hugs” surrounded by asterisks. It is interactive, inviting viewers to touch, hug, and photograph themselves with the word. *HUGS* is a reference to the prevalence of physical signifier terms used in virtual communication.

[29] Telepoem Booth® Acequia del Madre by Elizabeth Hellstern and Owen William Fritts of Cerrillos New Mexico invites viwers to dial a Telepoem number on the rotary phone in a vintage telephone booth and listen to the voices of regional poets reading work that highlights the importance of Taos’ water culture. A collaboration with Ariana Kramer. A Paseo Acequia Aquî installation. 

[31] Irrigation by Ayrton Chapman of Los Lunas is a film documenting the first irrigation utilizing the acequia system on a small scale farm. A Paseo Acequia Aquî installation.

Roaming Performances

[20] Taos Un/Connected by Amber Vasquez and Taos Youth Ballet in Taos is a roaming dance performance piece exploring the unique and ever-changing qualities of human relationships. From comfortable friendship or the awkwardness of new love to the isolating “connectedness” that social media can create. Dancers will both speak and dance as they travel in a train of movement. 

[23] We by Colton White of Dallas Texas is an interactive performance piece that involves confrontation of the self and the unknown as it creates an experience of comfort through illusion.

[15] Rotisserie Rickshaw by Russell Bauer & Ayrton Chapman, NM. A specialized propane grill and sculptural research project. It harnesses the convection of hot air to turn a turbine that drives the spit.



[a] El Gamal : “Light, Shadows and Ships” New works by Zoë Stiler

[b] Harwood Museum of Art:  Art opening for Jonathan Blaustein, “Party City is the Devil”. Friday, 4-6pm. On view through Nov. 10th. 

[c] John Dunn Walkway : A block party with glam trash fashions, light show, foodcarts, and installations by local artists.

[d] Wilder Nightingale Fine Art Featuring Meredith Garcia “Black and White” Opening reception, Friday 6-8pm.  Learn more here

[e] Revolt Gallery : Art opening for Neil Goss, “Biocentric Interconnectedness”, a participatory and time-based textile performance. The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio plays live in the front yard, Friday, 8-11pm.,

Also on view: Armond Lara Exhibition highlights. The Armond Lara Exhibition opens September 19th, however during the PASEO weekend they will have a teaser show with some of his work that will be in his solo show along with works by other Contemporary Native American Artist some of whom are Local Taos Pueblo artists.

[f] SOMOS: Postcards to Your Future Self. Connect with yourself across space and time. Who will you be in the future? What will you want to remember?

[g] Studio 107-B : Honoring Our Sacred Acequias and Water with spectacular cutting edge art happenings by: Light and sound wizard Sasha Vom Dorp; Artist/Educator/ Farmer Miguel Santistevan, PhD; and Artist/ Activist Máye Torres. Expect the Soul to Be Moved.

[h] TrueKids1: “Acequia Stories”, a Stagecoach Foundation & True Kids 1 collaboration in partnership with digital artist Morgan Barnard, of Santa Fe. Students from local Taos high schools worked with Barnard to create site-specific projection mapping installations based on community interviews about our acequias.

[k] Rock House Parking Lot : Food trucks, drinks, and live music Come check out a whole new space in the heart of Taos.

At the Stables Gallery the Harry Nadler Estate Exhibition will be on view all weekend. Curated by FaraHNHeight Fine Art.