Posts Tagged ‘Fairmount Park Art Association’

2018 Festival Spotlight: Shakespeare in the Fringe

Posted August 21st, 2018

No theater is more timeless than the work of Shakespeare. The artists behind these Festival shows honor the Bard of Avon’s legacy with new twists on his immortal classics.  

As You Like It
Indecorous Theatre Productions
Do you like the woods? Do you like crossdressing lesbian princesses? Do you like people who are incapable of expressing their deepest emotions? Then pack a picnic and join us for this unconventional production of Shakespeare’s greatest romantic comedy As You Like It in the gorgeous Spring Gardens Community Garden.
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Long Trouble
Svaha Theatre Collective
Adapted from William Shakespeare and John Fletcher’s Henry VIII, this new work calls attention to the trials and tribulations of Queen Catherine, her daughter Mary, and her lady-in-waiting Anne Boleyn.
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A Few Questions With Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Creator Of Open Air

Posted May 24th, 2012

Lozano-Hemmer on a rooftop.

One of the biggest surprises of the upcoming Live Arts Festival this September will be one seen by everybody in Philly—not just ticket holders. Every night, from September 20th until October 14th, Open Air, a major visual art installation, will light up the skies, created by a series of high-powered searchlights installed on a half mile stretch of Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Download the right app and call in, and the lights will not only dance to the sound of your voice, but they’ll change their layout so that you, from where you’re standing, will have the best view.

This world premiere project, commissioned by the Association for Public Art (formerly Fairmount Park Art Association), and co-presented by the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (us!), is designed by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The Mexican-Canadian bills himself as an electronic artist who develops large-scale interactive installations that are at the intersection of visual art, architecture, and performance art. His work has been featured at all the important places! (Including the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.) We caught up with him to gain more perspective on this unique installation, and the process of the artist.

All these lights will be looking for you!

Live Arts: Why is the show named Open Air?

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: It is a piece about making the air an open platform for participation, like a free, open space for expression using electronic technologies and powerful lights that take over the sky over Philly, a city with a tradition of free speech.

LA: Why did you choose the various technologies you did for Open Air?

RL: There are three main technologies, all with a military background: searchlights, Internet and GPS.

Searchlights were used in the 19th century to signal the arrival of modernity, to make visible a new energy called electricity. Then they were used at war for anti aircraft surveillance and after the second world war for Victory parades. Now we associate them with corporate shows or the opening of a new mall. I seek to use them to amplify the voice of participants to an urban scale, to use them architecturally to create a visible communication matrix.

The internet likewise has a military history, as it was developed by the Pentagon for distributed communication and control. For Open Air, the network is the means through which people can participate at a distance, and with the advent of the smartphone, they can do so from their own personal device.

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