STEAM MONSTER DESIGN CHALLENGE
The Paseo Youth Program for 2017 is called the STEAM Monster Design Challenge and revolves around the work of our featured Paseo artist Motomichi Nakamura. This Taos county call for middle and high school student submissions is based on Motomichi’s Tiny People and Giant Monster series in which he incorporates the monster theme as a mythological character to explore environmental issues. Winners of the challenge will have their monsters projected on to buildings around the plaza alongside the artist’s work.
Motomichi says, “I believe my imagination was influenced by the Japanese Shinto, the native animistic religion of Japan that’s based on the idea that all things in nature are inhabited by spirits that can sometimes become supernatural monsters. My idea for PASEO is that the various monsters will come visit Taos from various places just for the night and play around. Also, I always like the idea that the digital projection doesn’t leave any physical trace after the installation which kind of reminds me of ghosts, spirits or mythical creatures.” Based on Motomichi’s work with 2D animation and character design, participants will create and submit their own original monsters.
Through an online STEMarts Design Tool, workshops and school performances, local teachers will guide students through the process of designing STEAM Monsters which will be displayed on our website. Winners of the challenge will have their monsters projected on to buildings around the plaza alongside the artist’s work.