The Paseo Project will transform the Taos community with art on September 13 and 14, 2019. “The transformation,” director of the STEMarts@PASEO youth program Agnes Chavez states, “will be temporary on that weekend in Taos Historic District––but lasting in the minds and outlooks of hundreds of Taos students.”
Involving the youth and residents of Taos is central to the Paseo Project’s mission. For the sixth year, STEMarts@PASEO, an educational model developed by Chavez, takes Paseo’s experimental artists into Taos schools. In 2019, Chavez has paired seven artists with ten Taos public schools to involve over 1,000 youth of Taos in pre-festival activities. The program provides art and science teachers and their students with the STEMarts Curriculum Tool––an art-focused and socially engaged application of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)––and the empowering experience of being part of an international collaboration.
Meet Agnes Chavez, STEMarts Youth Program Director
Agnes Chavez is an interdisciplinary sci-artist and educator. She collaborates with artists, scientists, teachers and youth to create sensorial experiences that explore our relationship with art, science, technology and nature as a process and tool for personal and social change. Agnes is currently working on a commissioned art installation titled Fluidic Data at the CERN Data Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
Meet the artists of STEMarts@PASEO 2019
Antonin Fourneau, Paris, France
Antonin bring his world-renowned installation, Waterlight Graffiti, to the streets of Taos for the PASEO 2019. Waterlight Graffiti uses a new kind of reactive material that allows viewers to draw or write ephemeral messages––light graffiti–– on a wall of LEDs with a basic environment-friendly atomizer.
For the Paseo youth program, Antonin will be visiting Taos Charter School to give students a behind-the-scenes look at how this installation is made and show them more examples of his innovative artworks. In preparation for the artist’s visit, students will practice Dishu, water street calligraphy, and do a lesson on conductivity and water, inspired by the artists work.
Andy Wagener, New York
Andy brings CLOUDNET to PASEO 2019. CLOUDNET is an ode to the vast fishing communities that have helped build and sustain Cadiz Bay (Spain) throughout its history. Using a wide variety of netting utilized in fishing, CLOUDNET is activated by the movement of the observer, as pulses of light energize the cloud from within. It also shares the stories and hardships of local fishermen today via recorded interviews, highlighting the devastating phenomenon of ‘ghost fishing’ where lost, dumped or abandoned fishing gear continues to ensnare fish and marine organisms.
For the PASEO youth program, Andy will be visiting Anansi Charter School to share his process for creating project installations around complex social and environmental issues. Students will create napkin sketches for their own eco-installation, applying the artist’s approach to raising awareness to environmental challenges.
Alison Johnson and Thomas Vause/Digital Ant Media, Santa Fe, NM
This art co-op presents Visual Audio for PASEO 2019. It is an interactive audio-visual projection inviting the audience to create vector art using their voices. The visuals, controlled by the amplitude and tone of audio, take audience members on a unique and abstract visual journey of their voice.
For the Paseo youth program Alison and Thomas will travel to Questa and Penasco Middle Schools to perform their installation for the entire student bodies. They will also lead one artist demo at Taos International School. Students will explore the science of waves and the environmental and cultural battle for water preservation and water rights.
Britney A. King and Jennifer Nev-Diaz, Diné / Chippewa Cree, Albuquerque, NM
This female art duo presents El Agave, is an immersive interactive environment, for PASEO 2019. 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
For the Paseo youth program, Britney and Jenn will lead a two-day ‘Water is Life Arduino and Microcontroller’ workshop with students from Peñasco Middle School. They will visit Taos Day School and Taos Middle School for one-hour demos to share their process and demonstrate how they create art experiences that explore the connection between culture, land, and the art of interaction.
Corwin Levi, Harrisville, NH
Corwin presents a video projection created from iterations of a hand-drawn, stop-motion animation titled So Many of Us. Each video loops indefinitely, speaking to our interconnectedness and the fragility of both the individual and the group.
For the Paseo youth program, Corwin will visit Taos Integrated School of the Arts (TISA) to share his techniques in creating projection installations from hand-drawn, stop-motion animation inspired by astronomy. Students will create their own animations showing connections to the sky.
Lothario Areski, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
The artist presents hors-affichage, a game installation that questions the way video games are traditionally displayed, for PASEO 2019. The gameplay of hors-affichage resides in the tension between the visible and the invisible, the reachable and the unreachable, forcing the player to enter a state of chase where he/she is constantly on the move and on the look-out for elements outside his/her field of view.
For the Paseo youth program, Lothario will present at Taos High School theatre to give a behind the scenes demo of the technology behind the hors-affichage installation. The artist will show a small prototype of the installation and explain how it works. Students will explore his work in advance to deepen the learning experience.
Ryon Gesink, Oakland, CA
Gesink brings Numinous Eye Arch to PASEO 2019. It is a large steel archway with a giant spotlight eye at its apex and multiple fire elements that will light the pathway for festival goers.
For the Paseo youth program, Ryon will talk at Taos Cyber Magnet School. He will show examples of his large-scale fire installations and share his process and experiences. Students will try out STEAM activities related to the artist’s work in advance of their upcoming Robotics class to inspire creativity in their STEM learning.
Meet the STEMarts@PASEO team
Learn more about STEMarts@PASEO
Agnes Chavez’s STEMarts Lab
Paseo Project’s 2019 STEMarts@PASEO program
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