On October 18th, 2013, the 3rd edition of Aurora, themed ‘Light of Convergence’, presented a groundbreaking public art exhibition of interactive video projection, performance, light and sound across 68-acres of Dallas cityscape. Over 90 artworks by both local and international artists transformed the expansive Dallas Arts District into a welcoming and immersive space for art enjoyment and interaction in the public realm.
The iconic architecture of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre served as a projection screen for Aurora 2013’s featured art installation Blueprints and Perspectives by the art collective 3_Search, a forest of LED bulbs was created for Audiopixel’s installation Arbor Borealis, and Shane Pennington’s Points of Life presented an awe-inspiring stage-curtain made from a programmable grid of LED lights, combined with the live music performance of Jazz vocalist Kally Price, accordionist Dan Cantrell and double bassist Daniel Fabricant.
With over 30,000 attendees at the free and public event, Aurora 2013 was widely successful in illuminating its audience with conversation and creative exchange.
For the first time in 2013, Aurora included an educational component, the Aurora Artist Talk, organized by The Dallas Morning News. Participants of the talk included New York artist John Ensor Parker and curator Leo Kuelbs of 3_Search, who created along with Glowing Bulbs the massive light-art projection, Blueprints and Perspectives. Interviewed by Dr. Charissa N. Terranova, they discussed on the history, meaning and physics of light art, and unearthed the significance of light installation in the context of contemporary public art today.
The consistent expansion of the Aurora project and programming is a testament to how successful partnerships can enhance artistic experience on a local and global level. Many warm and heartfelt thanks to all of our donors and in-kind contributors as well as the individuals who helped to bring Aurora 2013 to life.
3_Search, Aaron Wilson, AudioPixel, Agence5970, Alan Dunning & Paul Woodrow, Alejandra Avalos, Carolina Mont UTB, Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Alison Jardine, Angel Cabrales, Anne Katrine Senstad, Big Thought & Booker T, Bike Friendly Cedars, Booker T Washington, Brad Ford Smith, Brittany Ransom, & Melissa Tran, BTW Students, Carmen Menza, Carolina Mont UTB, Carolyn Sortor, Christopher Gonzales, Cindy Thomas, Claire Ashley, Don Relyea, Dwayne Carter, Eduardo Valeriano UTB, Eric Trich, Erik & Scott, Nicole Horn, Frank Campagna, Galleri Urbane Dallas & Marfa, German Juarez UTB, H I X X, Hal Samples, Jacobus Capone, James Clar, Jason Presley Marsh, Jeff Sharpe & Bill Burgess, Jeffrey Curtis, Jeremy McKane, Johannes Boekhoudt, John Barker, Joshua King, June Covington, Justin Ginsberg, Karine Fleurima, Kayla Escobedo, Kris Swenson, Kyle Kondas, Danielle Georgiou, Letitia Huckaby, Leyla Rodriguez & Cristian Straub, Mackenzie McMahon, Mari Hidalgo, Maria Lozano UTB, Mattheiu Brooks (aka VJ Anomolee) , Max Dean, Raffaello D’Andrea, Matt Donovan, Michael Christopher Matson, Milan Bender, Millicent Johnnie, Ira Greenberg, Skull & Bones Collective, & CCC, SMU, Mona Kasra, Morehshin Allahyari, Andrew Blanton, Nicholas Mayfield–BTW, OLDNER DAWSON, Peter William Holden, Shane Pennington, Kally Price, Dan Cantrell, Daniel Fabricant, Randy Roberts Potts, RE Cox and Jeff Gibbons, Ren Rowland, Robin Myrick and Willie Baronet, Sara Lovas, Sara Sun, Sean Miller, Simon Longo/Dithernoise, Simple Civilian (A.I.R. CAMP), Slik Stockings & Emily Loving, Syncrolite, Synerjunk, Terry Ward a.k.a. GrumpyVisualArtist, The Color Condition, Timothy Harding, Gregory Ruppe, Tiny Thumbs, Tony Collins, Tramaine Townsend, Trent Straughan, Bianca Camarillo UTB, Walk the Light