Save your spot! Registration is required for anyone spending the night to save your camp spot. If you are just there for the day or for the Saturday night show, registration is not required.
Each year, we orient our collaborative projects around a theme. This year, that theme is “The Digital Frontier”, celebrating the pioneering spirit of those who push the bounds of possibility by innovating on the frontier of technology.
Our basic framework is to provide an overarching design theme “Explore recurring historical themes of human progress on the frontiers of innovation, layering the past with the future”, and then recruit artists, technologists, scientists, and designers to take on aspects of that theme, playing with technologically-infused, sensing, interactive and self-illuminated sculptural elements.
As a central orienting piece for the larger group collaboration, we will create three to-scale facades of historic frontier buildings similar to those in the town of Skyomish, with a boardwalk animated by controllable LEDS and the facade surfaces animated with projected videos of life-sized “ghosts” of pioneering figures. The goal is to create the experience of walking on the boardwalk with these historical figures in a “digital frontier” – where the audience participant becomes a part of the community of innovators along the walk. Please see concept design.
In the past two years our group projects focused on leveraging technology as a creative medium to create life-like interactivity embedded in nature. In brainstorming for 2018, we decided to engage more with the history of Skykomish as a frontier town, and turn our attention to the transformative impact humans have on nature as they expand new frontiers through technology. We seek to layer new creative technologies for innovation such as controllable LEDs, laser cutters, and projection mapping, over turn of the century technologies such as trains and telegraphs, to evoke an awareness and interest in the recurring historical themes of human progress on the frontier. We further seek to celebrate the intrepid spirit of pioneers who have created new territories for exploration and human progress in the Pacific Northwest over the past century, and will continue to do so in years to come.
Part I shows overview of the Electric Sky event, and Part II shows the “Wondering Woods” art.
Electric Sky is shaping up to be fabulous event! Find our lists of participating people and projects in the ArtsTechNW Spokin community. (Spokin is our networking tool for creative, collaborative communities.)
- Electric Sky Community: https://spokin.org/in/ArtsTechNW/event/ElectricSky2017
- Wondering Woods Opening Night Party Details: https://spokin.org/in/ArtsTechNW/event/WonderingWoodsOpeningNightParty
You can add yourself and your project(s) to the community and join the conversation by requesting to join ArtsTechNW.
- Go to the ArtsTechNW community in Spokin: https://spokin.org/in/ArtsTechNW, and click on “Request to Join” in the upper right.
Call for Artists & Tech Creatives “Wondering Woods” Grant Proposals
We our focusing this years’ group collaboration around the theme “The Wondering Woods”. Help us explore the question: what if the trees could talk? What if the forest was a living, conscious, interactive being? We have small grants (200$-1000$) and free tickets to support participating creatives. If interested, please learn more about the theme and check out our application. Due date is May 1st.
Seeking Workshop Proposals
What would you like to learn? What would you like to share? If you want to propose a workshop please email shelly at totallylegitllc dot com.
Get involved! We are looking for help with our group meal, signs, promotion, reception, opening party bar, path layout, and so forth. You’ll meet great people, and active volunteers get a free ticket! please email shelly at totallylegitllc dot com to ask about how you might want to volunteer.
We are very excited to announce our third Electric Sky will be in the Skykomish Ball Park this summer June 8-11th. Can’t wait to see you all there!
[crossposted on recreationallightandmagic.com] Our Luminous Garden project was so popular this summer we adapted the group installation to be an indoor show, displayed the winter of 2016/2017 at the Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, and in the Skykomish Maloney Store. The theme was “taking a walk in an otherworldly garden”. At the Maloney Store, we had a pop-up maker lab in the back of the show, so we could continually add new pieces to the show over the course of the month.
Participating Artists and Technology Creatives
Andy Tomacelli :: Beanne Hull :: Bee Wilkerson :: Ben Flaster :: Betsy Morris :: Brad Traynoff :: Bryan Ressler :: Chis D’Annunzio :: David Hull :: Greg Larson :: Jeff Larson :: Josh Lind :: Lea Willingham :: Marz :: Nicole Kistler :: Sarah Lavin :: Shelly Farnham
This show is an evolving, large-scale collaborative installation that originally emerged from Electric Sky 2016.
We were very excited to be able to bring the Luminous Garden for a one month show back to the town of Skykomish in the historic Maloney Store. It was a great way to engage with the locals who weren’t able to check it out this summer or while it was in Seattle. We even had the local school students visit for an impromptu workshop.
Thanks very much to the town of Skykomish for letting us have the show in the Maloney Store!
The Luminous Garden, originally created for Electric Sky, went on the road this summer, with appearances at Lusio in Volunteer Park and at Arts-a-Glow at Burien. Since Electric Sky is a smaller event (more of an artists’ retreat and exhibition for locals in the Sky Valley), this was a great opportunity to share the experience with a much broader audience. Thousands of people have now walked through our otherworldly garden, and by all appearances it has been very well received! Thanks to the producers of Lusio and Arts-a-Glow for the opportunity to share this work.
You will also find the garden at a winter, indoor installation at the Vermillion, an art gallery and bar in Capitol Hill, in Seattle. Keep your eyes open for posts about that event in December.
Please see our summary slideshow of the experience, which simulates taking a walk through the garden: http://www.slideshare.net/ShellyDFarnhamPhD/take-a-virtual-walk-through-the-luminous-garden
Our basic framework was to provide an overarching experiential design theme “taking a walk in an otherworldly garden arboretum”, and then recruit other artists, technologists, scientists, and designers to take on aspects of that theme, playing with technologically infused, interactive and self-illuminated organic objects or sculptural garden elements.
A primary goal was to foster interdisciplinary collaboration through a larger group installation, and we feel we were quite successful. We had 19 participating projects and over 80 artists, technologists, and designers actively collaborating, learning from each other and creating inspiring works. It was very well received by locals in Skykomish at Electric Sky, and later enjoyed by thousands when installed later in the summer at Lusio (Volunteer Park) and Arts-a-Glow (Burien).
Note from Shelly Farnham, our event producer, to event attendees in the Facebook on June 20:
FANTASTIC everyone I cannot thank you all enough. Despite the rain I left the event feeling it really couldn’t have gone better. I think, while the rain scared a few folks off, for those who stayed we probably were even more focused on our projects. The garden looked sooo beautiful! And the interpretive signs had just the right touch of humor. Thanks so much to everyone for really pulling it together!