Denver loves to put on a show, and come late August, that certainly will hold true.Major public artworks by high-powered artists. Here in Denver! It's an honor just to be able to help pay for them.
Some grassroots art-related projects will spring from the community here, but for the most part the major public artworks timed for the Democratic National Convention will be by high-powered artists from locales as varied as Hungary, South Korea and New York.
Between the Invisible Museum - a free-form arts advocacy group in Denver - and the Denver 2008 Host Committee, that includes works with a political edge, social commentary and plain star power.Political edge, social commentary and plain star power. We are so lucky, Denvereens.
* The Invisible Museum [a free form arts advocacy group in Denver, in case you've forgotten or haven't thrown up yet--ed.] working with the Design Council, is bringing Hungarian artist Peter Kozma here for 10 days in April to find locations toSo we're talkin' giant slide show here.
film. . . .
Kozma uses a Pani Slide projection system to then beam complex images of buildings and natural forms onto other buildings, streets and plazas.
Organizers want Kozma to create 16 works, beaming two a night for eight nights before, during and after the convention.Chandler got to watch a Powerpoint (sorry, PowerPoint) presentation of a slideshow. Perks of a critic.
The location being discussed at this time is Union Station, said Marina Graves, a founder and board member of the Invisible Museum. A PowerPoint of Kozma's work showed brilliant colors and geometrically influenced shapes projected so it appeared people could walk through them.
The cost? Graves said that a project Kozma did in Budapest cost about $240,000. No estimate yet for work for Denver, the artist's first in the U.S.D-blog estimate: more than $240,000.
The lineup includes another light-projection project [can there ever be too many?--ed.], this one by Krzysztof Wodiczko, who would work with Denver's Road Home organization and homeless veterans. DJ Spooky is expected to bring his new sound and video work, Terra Nova: The Antarctic Suite - he spent a month there capturing the sights and sounds of breaking ice - to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and, later, to a high school.And later still, to a Dumpster™.
Seoul-based architect Minsuk Cho and his firm, Mass Studios, will build a temporary pavilion in City Park to house public discourse.You mean Denver doesn't even have a House of Public Discourse yet? Fucking cowtown.
And there's the 2008 Cinemocracy Film Festival, which has a call out for short films (up to five minutes in length) to be submitted online. The 10 top vote-getters will be brought to Denver for a screening during the convention and the top film will have a berth at this fall's Starz Denver Film Festival.You might remember Cinemocracy. Anyway, what's the bill on this balls-up?
The cost? Goldenberg said the host committee had set aside about $200,000for cultural programming, which needs serious augmenting. . . .Obviously, since right now they can afford about three-quarters of a Hungarian slide show. But Chandler is reassuring:
As late August approaches, I'd bet that Denver's arts communities will step forward with more for all to see.Yay.
Update: No, Ben Vereen is not a Denvereen.