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AURORA 2015


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 Carson Chan, Tim Goosens, Julia Kagansky, Joshua King, Aja Martin, Shane Pennington. 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.

Aurora 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.

Memo Atken: Simple Harmonic Motion

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.


SPONSORS


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.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS


3_Search: Sense/Coalescence
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Ange: Mood Swinging



Bettina Pousttchi: Double Monument for Flavin and Tatlin X
Courtesy Buchmann Galerie Berli



Carmen Menza & The AfterImage Collective: The Theory of Chance
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Dan Bodan: National Express
Photo © Casey Reid



DGDG, Slik Stockings, The Color Condition: Social Studies & Other To-Dos
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Emily Goodrum: Ascend
Photo © Casey Reid



Fabiano Mixo: Woman without Mandolin
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Inside Out Collective: Nothing Stays Put
Photo Courtesy of Zhulong Gallery



James Geurts: Periphery
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Jevan Chowdhury: Moving Cities



Joao Beira: Luxate



Jose Simoes: How the Portuguese eat the (white bread toast)
Photo Courtesy of the Artist



Kate Firth: Amity of Ch$nge
Photo © Josh Blaylock



Liz Magic Laser: Like You
Photo © Casey Reid



Mari Hidalgo King: Valley of the Giants
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Michael Alexander Morris: Invocations



Nomi Ruiz & Martin(e) Gutierrez: Origin
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya: Throne “2”
Photo © Casey Reid



Pavitra Wickramasinghe: Gone



Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky: Midnight Star Market



Roen: Voluntary Apnea



Sarah Grass: Mirror Therapy (Sterilized)



Scott Oldner: Fast Food Extinction
Photo © Nate Rehlander



The Principals: Snowblind
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Varvara & Mar: Binoculars to… Binoculars from…
Photo Copyright Scogin Mayo


Andreas Greiner: Toccata for Pyrocystis Fusiformi



Anne Katrine Senstad: Sonoptic Parallels



Bike Friendly Cedars: The Lights of Aurora Ride
Photo © Carl Sullivan



Carolyn Sortor: Transmembrane Pressure



Dan Rule: Landscapes
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Don Relyea & Steven Visneau: In Harmony
Photo © Nate Rehlander



Emily Roysdon: Sense and Sense



Frances Bagley: Witness



James Clar: Pixelated Serenity
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Janeil Engelstad: Darkness Descends Slowly; Light Wraps Itself Around Us (Heaven is Now)



Jim Lively: 4,827 Mornings



John Dombroski: The Broadcast Project



Juan Pedro Freyre: JPFS TOTAL



Laserist Tom Harman: Inspired by Dali
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Luiz Roque: O Novo Monumento



Matthew Jensen: You Are The Center of Something



Mirjamsvideos: AERO
Photo © Josh Casey



Ofri Cnaani: ⌘D (Command+Duplicate)



Olga Guse: The Astronaut



Picaroon: Global Sounds
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Ricardo Castro: Hora Magica



Ryan Whittier Hale: Undulating Landscape



Saul Sánchez: Larghetto para tres movimientos



Sean Miller: Abri
Photo © Stevan-Koye



Tori Wranes: Troll Atlantic 2015



Veronika Georgieva & Stephen Shanabrook: Memory Lane
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Andy Graydon & Pete Bjordahl: Proximate Park
Photo © Casey Rei



Art Conspiracy: Alternate Views
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Caitlin Berrigan: Transfers



Cynthia Mulcahy: Kite Boy
Photo © Josh Blaylock



Delia Gonzalez: In Remembrance



Elissa Stafford: The Golden Book Part I
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Erica Felicella: Traveling to Together



Francine Thirteen: 4 Marys & The King
Photo © Michael Nguyen



James Connolly: RGB.VGA.VOLT
Photo © Casey Reid



Jeremy Shaw: Introduction to The Memory Personality
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Jitish Kallat: Infinitum (here after here)



Jon Vogt: Cornersection
Photo © Josh Blaylock



Julianne Aguilar: Falling Theme



Liss LaFleur: You Belong to Me
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Lynne Marsh: Fanfare
Photo © Josh Blaylock



Memo Akten: Simple Harmonic Motion
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Niko Princen: In The Event of Fire
Photo © Josh Blaylock



Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya: Shopping List
Photo © Cilla Sutfin



Patrick Romeo: CamoYou



Renata Kaminska: One or Thing



Rick Hutton: GOBO PROJECTIONS



Sahra Motalebi: Ibex [diagrams for an empty stage]



Scenocosme: Urban Lights Contacts
Photo © Scogin Mayo



St. Elsewhere
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Undervolt & Co.
Photo © Scogin Mayo



Zipora Fried: You Can Have Me Back









Mark

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