At some museums, the art is now on the outside

By Jane L. Levere
In October, during the Blink festival, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will transform its facade into an art display with sound, video projection and LED technology. CINCINNATI | OCTOBER 12-15, 2017. Credit Blink
This October, Cincinnati will host its first Blink festival, an evening art event with large-scale media and interactive art that will animate buildings throughout 20 city blocks. Brave Berlin, a local design studio, is overseeing the creation of animated installations for the facades of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Contemporary Arts Center. The trend dates back centuries: to 18th-century “son et lumière” shows and fireworks spectacles with wall-like sets in Europe, according to Erkki Huhtamo, a professor in the department of design media arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. Today’s technology includes projection mapping techniques that can display images and animations on a surface that is not flat or white. []ink]
Vivid Sydney 2016: “The Matter of Painting” by Danny Rose at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Credit Destination NSW

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