Mixed Me­dia The Taos Paseo Fes­ti­val

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - — Michael Abatemarco


Santa Fe may have the new me­dia fest Cur­rents, but Taos has the Paseo, which brings out­door pro­jec­tion, per­for­mance art, in­ter­ac­tive and im­mer­sive art in­stal­la­tions, and more to the city’s high desert streets each fall.

This year’s Paseo fes­ti­val, which takes place on Fri­day and Satur­day, Sept. 13 and 14, brings lo­cal, na­tional, and in­ter­na­tional artists to­gether un­der the theme “Con­nec­tions.”

Parisian artist An­tonin Fourneau brings his Waterlight Graf­fiti project, an in­ter­ac­tive wall of thou­sands of LEDs lit up when sprayed or brushed with wa­ter. Tag the wall to your heart’s con­tent on this ephemeral in­stal­la­tion, and watch your cre­ations fade as the wa­ter evap­o­rates and the lights go out.

Re­gional artists Brit­ney A. King and Jen­nifer Nev-Diaz in­vite the pub­lic to par­tic­i­pate in a play­fully con­ceived im­mer­sive video en­vi­ron­ment in

El Agave. The artists explore the ex­pe­ri­ence of women of color and the connection be­tween cul­ture and land, as well as to each other, in a set­ting meant to in­duce con­ver­sa­tion and in­ter­ac­tion.

The Paseo Project, which spon­sors the event, hosts res­i­dent artists each year. The 2019 artists in res­i­dence — Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Saul Garcia Lopez/La Saula, and Bal­itron­ica Gómez of the trans­dis­ci­plinary arts or­ga­ni­za­tion La Pocha Nos­tra — pre­sent The En­chi­lada Western (A Liv­ing Mu­seum of Fetishized Iden­ti­ties), an in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance and art in­stal­la­tion. The event was born from a pre-fes­ti­val work­shop com­posed of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional performers, and in­cludes mu­sic, video pro­jec­tion, and “taxi­der­mied an­i­mals.” The project en­gages the au­di­ence in a high tech, rave-like at­mos­phere, and brings aware­ness about the ways peo­ple and na­ture have been ex­oti­cized by Western cul­ture.

Other artists in­clude Ryon Gesink of Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, who cre­ates ki­netic, mo­bile sculp­tures and whose work has been fea­tured at the an­nual Burn­ing Man fes­ti­val in Ne­vada’s Black Rock Desert; Cait­lyn Au, a Taos-based artist whose project When Shout­ing Pro­duces No Echo isa site-spe­cific, in­ter­ac­tive work that ex­plores the theme of di­as­pora through video pro­jec­tion in a built en­vi­ron­ment; and Am­ber Vasquez and Taos Youth Bal­let, whose dance per­for­mance ex­plores the phys­i­cal, spir­i­tual, and emo­tional con­nec­tions be­tween peo­ple, and was chore­ographed with the bound­aries of the Paseo fes­ti­val in mind.

The fes­ti­val takes place in the his­toric down­town dis­trict, start­ing at 7:30 p.m. (sun­set) on both days and run­ning to 11 p.m. There is no cost to at­tend. For more in­for­ma­tion, contact the Paseo Project at 575-613-0601 and visit paseo­pro­ject.org for a com­plete sched­ule of events and times.

Artists from La Pocha Nos­tra ap­pear in The En­chi­lada Western at the Paseo Fes­ti­val

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