Last week Arts Center staff met with Steve Dietz, president and artistic director of northern.lights.mn. Northern.lights.mn is a roving, collaborative, interactive media-oriented arts agency from the Twin Cities for the world. It presents innovative art in the public sphere, both physical and virtual, focusing on artists creatively using technology, both old and new, to engender new relations between audience and artwork and more broadly between citizenry and their built environment.
With piles of accolades under his belt and successful projects completed, Dietz came to help us dream up what we could envision for the Art Park. Looking at Public Art through his eyes gave staff, board, JP Cozby of Red Plum Media (the owner of the “Wall”), Mayor Katie Andersen and Jamestown Tourism director Searle Swedlund a look at art opportunities that take advantage of new technologies. In our digital world, new art forms are born daily and we want to utilize them to activate the park in all seasons.
I left the meeting energized, excited and a bit bewildered. Through the magic of video, 3-D digital projection and cutting edge artistry we discussed ways to make the “wall” a virtual canvas. Imagine leaping buffalo, northern lights, community concerts, sporting games, movies, games and more. Even in his short visit, Dietz gave us important input and perspective. Our park plans were beginning to look like a mishmash of incoherent features. Taking into account so many voices we were trying to combine too many good ideas into one plan. We are refocusing our approach with an eye to artistic cohesion–after all we want the Park itself to be a Work of Art.
As of today, the landscape architect is finalizing plans for the hard-scape walkways and defined spaces. We have identified three major artist-designed opportunities (Stage, Fire Feature and Digital Program). Of course there will be many smaller artist opportunities and we also discussed some exciting avenues to engage Jamestown’s residents in creating art for the park.
Here are some videos that will help you dream up what 3-D digital projection mapping can make possible. What do you imagine could be here? Feel free to chime in. Send us your thoughts at: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Culture Builds Community blog is submitted (almost) weekly by The Arts Center Gallery Manager Sally Jeppson. She would love to hear your comments here or email email@example.com.