Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Omni Hotel in Dallas becomes drive-in movie theater for one night
The fantastic "Expanded Cinema" returns for a second year.
DALLAS Last September when the Video Association of Dallas decided to use the Omni Hotel in downtown as a canvas for multimedia art, there was no guarantee it would work. Teams didn't even test the audio and visual elements together before the premiere.
But, alas, the project known as “Expanded Cinema” was an overwhelming success that unified modern media and fine art in an unprecedented way. The event is returning October 4, to kick off the 26th Annual VideoFest.
“In our second year, the artists have a more sophisticated and nuanced take on using the Omni walls,” said Bart Weiss, founder of the Video Association of Dallas. “Broadening that canvas out beyond its borders will, in essence, expand ‘Expanded Cinema.’”
This year, the VAD recruited 13 artists from around the nation, including two students from Booker T. Washington High School, to create a short video that will be displayed across all four sides of the Omni. As the videos play, 91.7-FM KXT radio station will simultaneously broadcast the soundtrack to the performance.
The theme is “MultipliCity,” an ode to both the diversity and connectivity of city culture, according to the show’s curator Mona Kasra.
“The 21st century, urban life resembles a fragmented, complex tapestry,” said Kasra. “The city itself serves as a complex canvas depicting a diverse range of relationships, architectures, cultures and backgrounds, enabling city dwellers to build multilayered narratives within their urban surroundings.”
Craft & Growler will host a pre-party on Thursday, September 19 in advance of “Expanded Cinema: MultipliCity.” The official watching party will be Friday, October 4 at Hickory House Barbecue about a mile south of the Omni. Large speakers will be set up in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant where viewers can bring lawn chairs or cars to view the show, which begins promptly at 8 p.m. There will be an after party at Texas Theatre at 9:30 p.m.
Patrons are encouraged to find a good watching spot anywhere in the city and treat “Expanded Cinema” like a drive-in movie, according to press representative Kelly Kitchens. Tune your radio to KXT and "enjoy the show," she said. See the full list of artists below.
"Expand Cinema: MultipliCity" artists include:
- Morehshin Allahyari (Dallas) with sound collaborator Andrew Blanton
- Michele Jaquis (Los Angeles)
- Kyle Kondas (Dallas)
- Jonathan Monaghan (Brooklyn, NY) with music collaborator Evan Samek
- Mike Morris (Dallas)
- Luke Savisky (Austin) with video editor David Bartner and production manager Paige Swift
- Nina Schawanse (New Orleans)
- Kelly Sears (Los Angeles)
- Carolyn Sortor (Dallas)
- Jenny Vogel (New York) with sound editing collaborator Andrew Blanton
- Bart Weiss (Dallas) with graphics collaborator Mark Clive and music collaborator Micah Hayes
- Christian Salinas and Kyra-Michelle Jacobs, student at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, with faculty advisor Niloo Jalilvand (Dallas)
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