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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.


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.


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


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