Aurora 2015

October 16, 2015; 7pm–2am

Carson Chan
Tim Goossens
Julia Kaganskiy
Aja Martin

On October 16, 2015, Aurora creators teamed with → AT&T Performing Arts Center to present the fourth edition of their one-night, district-wide contemporary art event.

Crowds attending Aurora-Powered by Reliant in the Dallas Arts District set a new record for attendance. Early estimates indicate 50,000 people poured into downtown to take in the expansive light, sound, performance and new media event that stretched across the 68-acre district.

‘Aurora 2015: All Together Now’ // Video by → Paperlyte Films

This year’s event featured 80 international, national and local artists. The 19-block Dallas Arts District was divided into sections, curated by six renowned Curators. One section included art created by the talented students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, whose campus sits in the district.

This is the first year that Aurora was presented by its founders, Shane Pennington and Joshua King, and the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. The Center and the founders joined forces to create a sustainable platform so Aurora could grow in scope and quality this year, and in the future.

Aurora2015_Curator-Panel-at-Dallas-Foundation-Reception_photo-credit_Scogin-MayoAurora founders and guest curators. (from left to right:) Carson Chan, Julia Kagansky, Aja Martin, Joshua King, Shane Pennington and Tim Goossens. Photo Copyright Scogin Mayo

Among the major installations was a new version of the video projection by artist collective 3_search. To the voice of an opera singer performing below, the images projected onto the Wyly Theatre made the cube-shaped building appear to contort, rise, and fall.

At nearby mixed-use, high-rise One Arts Plaza, artist Memo Akten projected a series of beams two miles into the sky, which created music when the lasers crossed and amazed the audience below.
And a few blocks away, visitors could walk down “Memory Lane,” a long line of projected images of Dallas in the last century, provided by people from across North Texas.

Aurora2015_Memo-Akten_Simple-Harmonic-Motion_photo-credit_Scogin-Mayo_1Memo Atken: Simple Harmonic Motion. Photo credit Scogin Mayo

This year’s Aurora included installations at a number of neighboring cultural and commercial institutions including the Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas City Performance Hall, Klyde Warren Park, Trammel Crow Center and the new HALL Arts. Installations were also created in the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, St. Paul’s Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church.


Aurora was made possible through the generosity of supporters including Presenting Sponsor Reliant Founding Media Partner The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Foundation, CBS 11, Neiman Marcus, City of Dallas and more (please click here for a complete list of Aurora 2015 sponsors).

Participating Artists 2015: