The most epic artist mixer of all time with over 60 artists will take place during Spark! After Dark on May 19 at Mesa Arts Center. Inspired by the worst song ever written by The Killers, JAMovement has curated an evening of jamming out, meeting strangers, and collaborative art-making. Artists from diverse mediums were paired up to create 60 second projects with complete strangers. The evening will also feature selected performances by Nicole Olson and Rembrandt Quiballo, Liliana Gomez and Rashaad Thomas, Michael Pfister, and JAMovement as well as interactive painting, video art,and installations by Jenny Gerena, Sharon McCaron, Keyaanna Pausch, Sydney Jackson and Kaleena Newman, and Eunique Yazzie!
About the Curator:
Julie Akerly is an advocate for dance in the Metro-Phoenix area. In 2014 she began the Phoenix Dance Observe and co-founded [nueBOX], a residency program that supports local artists. She has experience curating interdisciplinary arts events and has worked on producing events such as Sizzle Series with Rhetorical Galleries, and other events with Trunk Space, Oh My Ears, and Four Chambers Press. She started Experimental Art Night & was a curator for [nueBOX] during the Spark! Festival of Creativity in 2017. During Spark! After Dark, Julie will continue to create an evening that represents multiple artistic mediums in a relaxed and social atmosphere!
Zoetic means of or pertaining to life. The life of the party, the loneliness that follows, the rememberance of the lives we have lived, the loves we have formed and the love we have lost. This work is a reflection on love and time and is inspired by the work of Brazilian Artist, Valeska Soares.
An interactive media playback system that features original datamoshed videos (pixel art) using an Xbox Kinect sensor and MAX coding. You simply dance or move towards the display to control the video duration of a datamosh dancer.
Eunique Yazzie will be painting a large box illuminated with colors, lights, and movement. She will create an interactive piece for people to be able to walk in a see, hear and feel.
Rashaad Thomas & Liliana Gomez
Are we humans? (or) Are we d(answers)?
What are we, humans or are we dancers? To be human is to be a dancer. To be a dancer is to be human. There is no need to choose a side on the binary continuum. Both are the d(answer) as one, Nirvana/ Samadhi.
Nicole L Olson & Rebrandt Quibalo
As we usher in the new millennium, media culture continues to be the prevailing arbiter of our social and political life. Images proliferated by mass mediums such as television, film and the Internet influence our perception of the world and profoundly touch our deepest values. Mass media now provides the communal symbols and stories that constitute our social environment. This multi-medium piece, using film and dance performance, will be addressing the distorted objectification of women in our society through the use of mass media.
Kaleena Newman & Sydney Jackson
Live Chalk Art & an excerpt from "The Third Artist"
Working with SPARK attendees, we will be creating chalk art based on outlines of human movement shapes. They will also show a short excerpt from their upcoming work The Third Artist, which explores what happens when two interdisciplinary artists combine forces to create art greater than each of them.
Can you see my voice? Is an interactive installation that uses the participants voice to activate the visuals that are being projected onto the surrounding tulle.
Torn in Two...Seeking to be Whole
Klee, an experimental jazz group will be performing original improvisatory music with three movement artists searching for the point where movement and music negotiate what it means to be simultaneously independant/dependant beings. The aim of our project is to ask the question what is the line between chaos and order? The point where we as artists are able to break away from the cognitive demands of creation and embody intuition.
A visual collection of 60 second video clips
Bobby Brown, Susan-Norton-Scott & Allyson Yoder
Elisa Cavallero & Coley Curry
Chelsea Rose Neiss & Mario Yniguez
Shannon Phillips & Danae Barnes
Bryn Corbett & Sukie Keita
Angelica Lara & Bobby Brown
Molly W. Schenck & Katharine Leigh Simpson
Ben Soto & Kayla Tomooka
Crystal Cruz, Shannon Schumann, Morgan Moondust & Benjamin Soto
Angelica Lara, Brandon Trieu & Miriam Baker
Allyson Yoder & Justin Stewart
Lauren Luliano & Miriam Baker
Angelica Lara & Candy Jimenez
Gretchen Bickert & Jaime Glasser
Therosia Reynolds & Kayla Tomooka
Dinner for Breakfast
Geoff Gildner & Shannon Phillips
Stephanie Shumway & Merle Harlan
Miguel Pedraza & Justin Stewart
Michelle Marji & Mohammad Alzubairi
Ada McCartney & Dori Honovi