It's happening once again. And, this time, it's even more fun, thought-provoking and visceral than before. The 2019 Paseo, bringing national and international artists to Taos, is …
It's happening once again. And, this time, it's even more fun, thought-provoking and visceral than before. The 2019 Paseo, bringing national and international artists to Taos, is planned September 13-14. This year's theme is "Connections."
Executive director Matt Thomas explains, "The Paseo 2019 highlights a key ethos of the organization - connections. This year we again take over the streets of Taos, transforming art and community. The artists and installations selected will again inspire and engage, while reminding us of the greater importance of connecting with each other, our physical world and, most importantly, ourselves. Paseo 2019 will feature the wild and wonderful to the quiet and contemplative."
An international call for entries was conducted during the winter of 2018-19. Hundreds of entries came in from all over New Mexico, the nation and the world.
A few highlighted artists coming to The Paseo 2019 are …
La Pocha Nostra (Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Saul Garcia Lopez/La Saula, and Balitronica Gómez), from San Francisco, California, is the featured Paseo 2019 artist-in-residence.
La Pocha Nostra is a transdisciplinary arts organization that provides a support network and forum for artists of various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds. "We are devoted to erasing the borders between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator," a statement reads. "For over 25 years, La Pocha Nostra has intensely focused on the notion of collaboration across national borders, race, gender and generation as an act of radical citizen diplomacy and as a means to create ephemeral communities of rebel artists."
Antonin Fourneau, Paris, France, Waterlight Graffiti
Fourneau's entry is an interactive artwork in the form of a wall of thousands of LEDs illuminating in contact with water. The public is invited to express itself on this luminous surface by drawing or writing with a brush or a spray. The concept is based on a simple physical principle - using water as an electricity conductor. Comparable to a switch, the LEDs light up at the slightest touch with the water and go out as the water evaporates.
Jessica Elaine Blinkhorn, Atlanta, Georgia, "Lay with Me," 2019
Blinkhorn's work advocates for individuals who are living within the disabled community. Their performances are situated around routines common to individuals living with disabilities, as well as the perceived differences between the able-bodied and the disabled. During the performance, the artist will be in a hospital bed in an open space and her caregiver will perform a live transfer -- removing her body from her wheelchair to rest in the hospital bed. Individuals are encouraged to get into the bed and lay with her for a moment in order to participate and subsequently educate themselves.
Britney A. King (Diné/Chippewa Cree) and Jennifer Nev-Diaz (Chicana), Albuquerque.
"TÓ ÉÍ ÍÍNÁ ÁT'É water is life -- it connects us, cleanses us, fosters growth and nurtures the world around us," a statement reads. El Agave is an immersive interactive environment that invites audiences into a participatory and conversational environment. Through the use of video-mapping projection and sensors, El Agave is a playground-like space that encourages playfulness, thoughtfulness and exchange of ideas. It is an opportunity to curate the experience as women of color and embrace the connection between culture, land and the art of interaction.
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