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16 Exciting Photos from Aurora: Lights of Convergence

A visual tour of the luminous displays from Meadows students , faculty and alums

It was a scintillating space. On a crisp night in Dallas, the freshly minted fall weather was sending clouds across a big moon, the Dallas Arts District hosted a mind-blowingly vibrant night of art. This was the 2013 Aurora festival on Friday, October 18: nineteen blocks of glowing installations from dozens of artists. There were glowing orbs, skeletons dancing, and great oscillating eyeballs. Among the artists that presented, as we teased last week , were the luminous works of Meadows students, faculty and alums.

Our photographer Kim Leeson was on hand to capture the busy night. Among the photos, you’ll see glimpses of the following scenes:

"Skull and Bones Sketch": The presentation was a collaborative mixed-media and live performance piece by: Millicent Johnnie, SMU Meadows Division of Dance assistant professor; Ira Greenberg, director, SMU Center of Creative Computation; Yong Bakos, visiting professor, SMU Center of Creative Computation; and Martin Sweidel, associate dean for administrative affairs, SMU Meadows School of the Arts; with the Skull and Bone Collective and the Hathaway Academy of Ballet.

"Watchin' me Watchin' you" by Don Relyea (B.F.A. Printmaking and B.B.S. Management Information Systems, ’92), adjunct professor, SMU Center of Creative Computation. Relyea employed a giant eye that scanned Aurora fans.  Using facial recognition, that eye transformed the Aurora patrons’ faces into live sketches. One of many exciting melds of tech and art at the fest.

"Transition" by Eric Trich, former SMU Meadows student with Meadows Art student Jordan Castilleja. Viewers were able to download a free app, and point their smart phones at the sculpture to see into new worlds.

"Echoes" by Michael Christopher Matson, Meadows alumnus
The fiery cones radiated patterns and painted the space around them new colors and shapes.

There was also Brittany Ransom and Melissa Tran’s collaborative piece, which was a Cronenberg-esque sensory experience of body and mind that featured ants coursing over a human body. The ants followed scented ink—a tattoo of the human body’s nervous system. All-around, a wildly exciting night of art in Dallas.

SEE ALSO: Meadows Lights Up 2013 Aurora in Downtown

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