About The PASEO Pop-ups
While the fall outdoor art festival is The Paseo Project’s main focus, occasionally an opportunity arises to introduce the Taos community to a new media or performance artist. Here are some of the Paseo Pop-ups presented as preludes to the festival.
April 6-8, 2018
The Encore Gallery of Taos Center for the Arts
Water is Community Storytelling Installation
In partnership with SOMOS, the literary society of Taos, a “Water is Community” storytelling project gathered water samples and stories from within Taos’s watershed neighborhoods. Poet Ariana Kramer and four community ‘story and water collectors’ (Christalyn Concha, Miguel Santistevan, Jim O’Donnell, and Olivia Romo) gathered stories and vials of water from the community to learn what water means to people in Taos. On the weekend of April 6-8, the results were on display at the Encore Gallery of Taos Center for the Arts. The opening reception on April 6 included spoken word and poetry readings. A closing celebration and a water blessing on April 8 brought all water samples together in one vessel for release back to the Rio Grande. This pop-up was sponsored by The LOR Foundation.
June 24, 2016
Harwood Museum of Art
New Media New Mexico Experimental Video Night
The PASEO, in partnership with the museum and Currents New Media Festival, presented a free evening of innovative videos that reflected the large variety of ways artists are employing technology for artistic exploration. A post-film projection by Taos artist Oliver Bell started immediately after the screening. Titled Light Throws, the piece used multiple projections on the museum’s front façade. The audience participated in creating the virtual graffiti.
May 5, 2016
Taos Community Auditorium
Film screening: TROUBLEMAKERS, The Story of Land Art
The screening was a fundraiser for Taos Fall Arts Festival, The Taos Environmental Film Festival, and The PASEO. The film is described by director James Crump: “Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists who sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest.” An after-screening roundtable discussion was moderated by Harwood Museum of Art curator, Liz Neely. Special guests were Nina Elder (Santa Fe Art Institute) and Sky Madden (Museum of Outdoor Art), both intimately involved with land art in New Mexico.
December 5, 2015
The Harwood Museum of Art
Sponsored by the Harwood Museum of Art, Los Alamos National Laboratory, STEMarts LAB and The PASEO this presentation happened during Lighting Ledoux, a holiday tradition in Taos. Conceived by STEMArts founder and new media artist, Agnes Chavez, this unique LAB combined particle physics and projection art. To kick off the workshop students learn about particle physics through the Atlas Virtual Tour at CERN with physicist Steve Goldfarb. They create storyboards and learn to use projection art to develop creative visualizations of the physics concepts. The LAB concluded with a live projection performance for the Lighting of Ledoux. Students from Carla Chavez’s Biology class at Taos High School participated as did five teens from Taos Academy.
October 24, 2015
Oo-oonah Art Center at Taos Pueblo
Halloween Kids Carnival
The Oo-oonah art program was founded in 1984 and provides wonderful traditional arts programming to all children. The event included fun Halloween carnival games with prizes, as well as mini workshops and demos for kids. Through STEMartsLab, Agnes Chavez and Melanie Redmond demonstrated a video mapping software by collecting images from participants throughout the day which were transformed and projected on to the exterior building at dark. Liz Neely created mini ghosts and bats with her 3D printer and talked about the applications of 3D printers for young and old alike.
August 6, 2015
The Luna Chapel on Kit Carson Road
STEMarts Lab and Nettrice Gaskins Projection
Digital Media artist Dr. Nettrice R. Gaskins, a Paseo 2015 artist, conducted a youth workshop that culminated with a free outdoor projection piece on the Luna Chapel on the Couse-Sharp Historic Site property. The chapel was built in 1835 as a family sanctuary and purchased in 1909 by Joseph Sharp, one of the founders of Taos Society of Artists, to be his art studio. Nettrice worked for several years in K-12 and post-secondary education, community media and technology before enrolling at Georgia Tech where she received a doctorate in Digital Media in 2014. Her model for ‘techno-vernacular creativity’ is an area of practice that investigates the characteristics of this production and its application in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).
June 20, 2015
David Anthony Fine Art on Kit Carson Road
STEAM Frontiers: From New Mexico to the Edge of the Universe
Presentation of work and panel discussion for New Media New Mexico. A distinguished group of artists/educators in the expanding field of STEM education collaborated on a Paseo Pop-up event Through interactive demonstrations and discussion, artists Andrea Polli, Agnes Chavez, and Christina Sporrong introduced a learning approach that crosses the frontier between formal and informal learning, expanding the typical curriculum to include design and creativity.
December 6, 2014
Shree Yoga Courtyard on Ledoux Street
The Taos We Want!
The PASEO’s first Paseo Pop-Up appeared at the annual Lighting of Ledoux community event. Placed in the courtyard of Shree Yoga, this participatory piece invited the community to help activate their town with comments and affirmations.