THE PASEO 2019 FESTIVAL OVERVIEW
September 13 @ 7:00 pm - September 14 @ 11:00 pm UTC+0| Free
WHEN: Friday-Saturday, September 13-14, 2019
WHERE: Downtown Historic District, Taos, New Mexico
The PASEO is a free, immersive, nighttime art festival that brings installation, projection, and performance art to Taos, New Mexico. The PASEO is unique in Taos thanks to its presentation of art forms that are not often found in galleries: art that does not hang on a wall, art that is participatory and transforms public spaces. Art on view not only engrosses audiences visually and aurally; visitors are invited to touch it, activate it, dance with it, step inside of it. This participatory nature encourages audiences to engage with one another in a communal experience. Each year, the festival welcomes approximately 6,000 visitors over two nights, and approximately 500 local youth participate in its education program. The festival and all programs are offered to the public 100% free of charge.
As it has successfully done for the past five years, the 2019 PASEO festival will activate public spaces of the Taos Historic District over two nights, September 13-14, 2019, from sunset to 11pm. The PASEO 2019 theme is “Connections,” featuring work that celebrates, contemplates, or questions our interactions with each other, nature, or the world. The festival will feature approximately 20 works, ranging from low-tech to new media, but united by their active engagement with the public and with place, whether projecting on Taos’s adobe walls or highlighting its historic acequias. Featured artists will be both local and international, selected through an open call process as well as invitations from the curator, J. Matthew Thomas, guided by an advisory committee with curatorial expertise in public, new media, conceptual, and participatory artwork.
Artistic Director/Curator: J. Matthew Thomas
Curatorial advisers: Anita McKeown, Agnes Chavez, Christina Sporrong, Erin Elder, and Christian Ristow.
Meet the entire PASEO 2018 festival team.
Photo credit: Cristopher Cichocki, PASEO 2018: Circular Dimensions. Photo by Lance Gerber