The second day of Paseo Project’s 2018 festival continues to explore SPACE – both inner and outer space. A series of immersive and participatory art installations harness art, science and technology as tools for the contemplation of space, offering a view of society in sync with nature and the universe. The nexus for The PASEO 2018 is the Space Cloud, an inflated pavilion designed by a Spanish architectural team that serves as a gigantic illuminated nerve center for the weekend events. It is located in Kit Carson Park.
Here’s a quick guide to help you see it all, organized by location:.
The Space Cloud in Kit Carson Park
The Space Cloud is a product of Espacio La Nube, a design/architectural team in Madrid, Spain. This is the first showing in the USA of the 10,000 sq ft inflatable pavilion.
Push Pull Turn by Parker Laughlin Jennings of Santa Fe is a social experiment requiring investigation, communication, and participation. You’ll start in outer space and end up right here in Taos.
Noise Aquarium by Victoria Vesna in collaboration with Dr. Alfred Vendl and Martina Fröschl of UCLA is an animated projection of plankton from the oceans of the world. It comes with a warning message to humankind of the devastating effects of noise and waste on ocean life.
Cosmic Systems by Rodrigo Carvahal of Portugal invites visitors to interact with sound and visuals in a dance with swarming particles. Each hour, dancers from Ballet Taos will perform within Cosmic System.
Interium by Noisefold with Cory Metcalf from Colorado brings otherworldly landscapes and the visceral presence of alien life to the participating audience through virtual reality.
COSMOS: Total Universe by New York artists Rekha and CHiKA combine south-Asian electronic sounds with a geometric light performance for an unforgettable dance experience. 10-11:30pm nightly.
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.
Indigenous Cosmology Meets Particle Physics by Projecting Particles Collective projects a live video painting on to a tipi to express indigenous and western explorations of the universe.
Civic Plaza Drive
Gleamscape by Audio Pixel (Erin O’Brien) lets everyone play with musical instruments to send ripples of color and 3D patterns across an immersive landscape of LEDs in Parr Field.
GLOWpod – (G)rowing (L)ife on (O)ther (W)orlds by The Social Media Workgroup directed by Andrea Polli from UNM Albuquerque. The piece invites participants into a space between a greenhouse and an extra-terrestrial nursery: a sphere-shaped room that immerses visitors in living plants and spectacular responsive lighting displays.
“2U” by Bill 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.
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. Merging poetry, film, performance, and surveillance, this group of artworks explores the human experience of living together in space and time. The four artworks:
- No Grounds by Sarah Ashkin is a lightly scripted, audience participatory performance about people’s relationship to property.
- Private Party by Anaïs Duplan is a live film shoot that includes the audience and explores the friction between technology and intimacy.
- Live Stream by Christine Howard Sandoval 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) is an audience-generated sound performance based on video projection of the nearby Chevron Questa Mine Superfund site.
The plaza is transformed nightly with light and sound, including a dance party under the stars curated by DJ Oliver. Food trucks and installations from local galleries activate the heart of the historic district.
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.