Friday, October 18, 2013
5 must-see Aurora installations Friday night
Don't miss this free lights show Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight.
DOWNTOWN DALLAS Do you ever wish you could revisit that mouth-dropped-open, “I can’t believe I’m seeing this” experience of total awe you had the first time you went to an amusement park or the State Fair?
We’ve got just the thing: For both adults and kids, the cutting-edge new-media event Aurora, taking place the evening of October 18, definitely has the potential to induce that same kind of untethered glee. It’s inspired by international contemporary art experiences such as Nuit Blanche (various cities) and Vivid Sydney (Australia).
The Arts District and adjacent Klyde Warren Park will glow with light-based exhibits and visual installations, with more than 90 works of art occupying building walls, outdoor spaces and unexpected spots throughout the district. All will reflect on this year’s theme, “Light of Convergence,” illuminating the “dichotomy between awareness of the individual and the greater whole.”
There’ll also be music by Somebody’s Darling, Alpha Rev and others; dance; Aurora “lounges” with cocktails, light bites and entertainment; and other food and beverage offerings.
Finally, the Omni Dallas Hotel across downtown, at Lamar and Young streets, will get into the act with what’s billed as “the largest video canvas in Dallas,” featuring 10 video artworks on four curved outside walls.
Here are the Top 5 Aurora installations we’re looking forward to seeing.
1. GETTING WILY WITH THE WYLY: The New York art collective 3_Search is planning a video art piece, Blueprints and Perspectives, that it says will use the Wyly Theatre as a canvas, transforming the 12-story cube into a storyboard of interactive scenes. Based on some of 3_Search’s previous work, which you can find on YouTube, expect to be amazed.
2. THE ROBOTIC CHAIR: In Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, artist Max Dean will present this combination of sculpture and performance, in which a wooden chair falls apart and magically reassembles itself, facilitated by a custom-built robot.
3. POND-ERINGS: At the AT&T Performing Arts Center Reflecting Pool, artistic team AudioPixel will create Arbor Borealis, a “forest of light” moving hologram, from a three-dimensional grid of illuminated LED spheres. Visitors will see “waves of dynamic color.”
4. CONNECTIVITY: This looping video work, by choreographer and video artist Jeffrey Curtis, will be projected onto the north wall of the Meyerson Symphony Center. It aims to “explore and subvert the ability of new media to connect to people,” organizers say.
5. POINTS OF LIFE: This LED light installation, a specially designed stage curtain for Dallas City Performance Hall, is by Aurora co-founder Shane Pennington, aiming for a “surreal sensory experience.” Jazz vocalist Kally Price will perform live behind the curtain, along with accordionist Dan Cantrell and double-bassist Daniel Fabricant.
The event is October 18 from 7 p.m. to midnight (Arts District Fall Block Party starts at 6 p.m., with Aurora illuminations beginning at 7 p.m.) in the Dallas Arts District along Flora Street in downtown Dallas, and at Klyde Warren Park atop Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Free admission. Public lots and garages will be open for parking in and near the district; $3-$25. Public transportation: DART Pearl Street and St. Paul Street light-rail stations (dart.org). dallasaurora.com.