The theme of the PASEO 2018 Festival was SPACE, exploring inner and outer space, artistically, socially and scientifically. From self identity to space exploration to human impact on the environment our definition of who we are, where we come from and where we are going are in a state of flux. As powerful scientific instruments and new media tools expand our senses, allowing us to see into the farthest corners of the universe and the invisible spaces within our bodies and minds, we begin to grasp the enormous power and potential of humanity. Further, with quantum physics and astrophysics revealing an interdependent universe in line with indigenous worldviews, we have an unprecedented opportunity for intercultural exchange and cooperation. PASEO artists have created immersive and participatory installations that bring together new technologies, scientific explorations and socio-cultural themes. PASEO 2018’s festival forefronted the role of art, science and technology in contemplating our place in nature and re-imagining society. Participants’ senses were activated, curiosities stimulated, and minds transported to a wondrous universe in flux.
Artistic Director/Curator: Agnes Chavez
Curatorial contributor: Anita McKeown
Meet the entire PASEO 2018 festival team.
Below is a quick guide, organized by location.
The Space Cloud in Kit Carson Park
The Space Cloud by design/architectural team Espacio La Nube of Madrid, Spain, is an inflatable pavilion made of air and light housing multiple events and installations.
Artists featured inside the Space Cloud:
Noise Aquarium by Victoria Vesna in collaboration with Dr. Alfred Vendl, with Martina Fröschl and Glenn Bristol from California, projects animated 3D models of plankton obtained with scientific imaging techniques and interactive sound. This beautiful and haunting installation aims to raise consciousness about the underwater noise pollution that threatens our oceans. Generously sponsored by Andrea Szekeres and Taos Land and Film.
Cosmic Systems by VISIOPHONE of Portugal invites visitors to interact with sound and visuals in a dance with swarming particles. Each hour, Ballet Taos will perform an Inertia and Motion dance intervention responding to this interactive projection.
Interium by Noisefold with Cory Metcalf from Taos and Colorado brings otherworldly landscapes and the visceral presence of alien life to the participating audience through virtual reality. Generously sponsored by Common Fire.
Conformation by Reilly Donovan from Seattle, Washington creates virtual realities where users immerse themselves in a world of constantly moving and changing abstract geometries. Strap on your headset and get ready to paint in 3D space with virtual reality!
COSMOS: Total Universe by New York artists DJ Rekha and Chika combine south-Asian electronic sounds with a geometric light performance for an unforgettable dance experience. 10-11:30pm nightly.
Push Pull Turn by Parker Laughlin Jennings of Santa Fe is a social experiment combining investigation, communication, and participation with GPS satellite technology. You’ll start in outer space and end up right here in Taos.
Landscape Re-Invention Society by Nemcatacoa Teatro of Bogota/ABQ performs a mobile spectacle that intervenes space with a physical theater language on stilts. Silent figures move from Space Cloud courtyard and through the streets and passageways of Civic Plaza Drive re-inventing the architecture and space.
More Kit Carson Park Installations
Circular Dimensions by Cristopher Cichocki of Coachella Valley, California is a multi-sensory installation environment featuring a live laboratory of “microscopic video paintings” performed with digital microscopes. Generously sponsored by the Ken Price Family and Dino-Lite.
Indigenous Cosmology Meets Particle Physics by Projecting Particles Collective performs a live Tagtool painting on to the outside of a tipi to express indigenous and western explorations of the universe, while the audience participates in the weaving of a dreamcatcher inside. Exclusively sponsored by Kit Carson Electric Cooperative.
Civic Plaza Drive
Gleamscape by AudioPixel lets everyone play with musical instruments to send ripples of color and 3D patterns across an immersive landscape of LEDs in Parr Field. Generously sponsored by Anthony Skvarla.
GLOWpod – (G)rowing (L)ife on (O)ther (W)orlds by The Social Media Workgroup from UNM Albuquerque invites participants into a space between a greenhouse and an extra-terrestrial nursery. Enter and use the goggles to gather information and stories about the life inside. In collaboration with Red Willow Farm, Taos Pueblo.
“2U” by Billie Mitchell of Santa Fe gives the illusion of looking into a virtual mirror. Walk into “2U,” see yourself in an altered reality, and if you like, receive a picture of yourself too.
Cross-Pollination Portraits is by local artists Heather Bergerson, Sarah Stolar, Enrico Trujillo and the community of the UNM-Taos Digital Media Arts and Fine Art Departments. Through coding and the use of electronic gaming equipment, the audience engages in the digital weaving of unique human features into oneness.
We Are All Space in Time, curated by Erin Elder, is a collection of four site-responsive interactions, installations, and experiments that acknowledge the complexities of coexistence. The four artworks:
- No Grounds by Sarah Ashkin (Santa Fe) is a lightly scripted, audience participatory performance about people’s relationship to property.
- Private Party by Anaïs Duplan (Jacmel, Haiti) is a live film shoot that includes the audience and explores the friction between technology and intimacy. Performers from Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte.
- Live Stream by Christine Howard Sandoval (Brooklyn NY) is a live-streamed performance using surveillance technology to channel disappearing waterways in and around Taos.
- CauseLines: Coherence/Interference by Winter Count (Ginger Dunnill, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Dylan McLaughlin, all from Turtle Island) is an audience-generated sound performance based on video projection of the nearby Chevron Questa Mine Superfund site.
Colorful Cosmos by Twirl Play and Discovery Place (Taos) explores the universe through a multi-faceted approach to the art of the Mandala, a symbolic representation of the cosmos.
All Roads Lead to the Same Place by Ollie Bell (Taos) combines multiple projections to bring Teresina Lane (northwest corner of the plaza) into a multi-dimensional space.
A dance party under the stars curated by DJ Oliver transformed the plaza nightly with light and sound. Food trucks and installations from local galleries activated the heart of the historic district.
Studio 107B on Taos Plaza featured internationally renowned photographer and teacher Miguel Gandert, UNM Professor Tim Castillo, Embudo Poet Levi Romero and the UNM Inter-disciplinary Media Arts Department. A light projection/installation using historical Taos photographs, music, and film clips was also on display
On September 15th El Gamal hosted an Art Opening featuring Zoe Stiler – a sanctuary within light, illuminating and connecting us to the truth of beauty and nature.
Her work in paper brings the elements together in illuminated chandelier like sculptures.
Kit Carson Road
Celebration of art with gallery openings and evening displays.
John Dunn Walkway and Bent Street
A Grand Block Party, with glam trash fashions on display, light show, and food carts and installations by a few local artists:
Taos Water Protectors by ManifeSTATION Station is an interactive installation involving video projections, typewriters, and poetry, all feeding into a living, growing sound bath about our water crisis.
For the fifth year, The PASEO was a platform for random acts of art.