Aurora Transforms Dallas in Light

Aurora Transforms Dallas in Light

2nd Feb 2016

Last month, a public light festival transformed Dallas, TX, into an all encompassing light, sound and performance experience. Aurora illuminated the Dallas Arts District on October 16 with 80 local, national and international artists participating.

"Aurora completely pushed the boundaries of what is possible in the Dallas Arts District,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “It reshaped for the tens of thousands of people how art can be experienced."

The six curators organized five independent sections under a common theme of unity, and work spanned from light installations to live performances and interactive exhibits. Here are a few of our favorites.

Joao Beira: Luxate

Audiovisual Installation and Dance Performance

'Luxate' is a new audiovisual installation and dance performance exploring the perception of light and space awareness. Activated by motion, Luxate morphs from an AV installation to a dance performance, generating a live dialogue between the performers and the environment beyond the screen.

Anne Katrine Senstad: Sonoptic Parallels

Mixed Media installation

Sonoptic Parallels was accompanied with music by the electronic sound pioneer C.C. Hennix. The immersive projection installation environment consists of video projections, sound, multiple semi transparent and double-sided mirrored plexi glass pieces hanging on a wire system strung between the railings of the second level of the church.

The Principals: Snowblind


First shown at The New Museum in New York City, 'Snowblind', created by The Principals is an ethereal installation of cloud architecture that asks how our built environment will evolve with us into new territories. A free-standing structure encapsulates gradient cloud forms that alter color through visitors’ movements.

Aurora 2015 Curators:

  • Aja Martin Director of Zhulong Gallery, Dallas
  • Tim Goossens Adjunct Curator at Clocktower; Director at envoy enterprises; Adjunct Faculty at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York City
  • Carson Chan Independent Curator, Writer and Editor-at-Large of 032c magazine, Berlin
  • Shane Pennington
  • Joshua King
  • Julia Kaganskiy Director of New Inc. at the New Museum, New York City
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