the paseo outdoor art festival
Local and International Artists Transforms Taos at The PASEO
When: September 13 & 14, 2019
Where: Taos Historic District
More information: Visit the Paseo Project website
Save the date! Local, national and international artists present immersive and participatory art installations that harness art, science and technology for multi-sensory experiences. The streets of Taos Historic District will be filled with performances, light projections, and sound experiments to engage the community with thought-provoking and playful art for public sharing. Pre- and post-festival workshops and parties are planned. 2019 artist line-up will be posted in spring.
The PASEO’s 2019 theme is “Connections,” featuring work that celebrates, contemplates, or questions our interactions with each other, nature, or the world
Check out highlights from last year’s event….
Local, national and international artists convened in Taos to participate in The PASEO 2018 festival on September 14 and 15, 2018. The theme for 2018 was “Space.” A series of immersive and participatory art installations harnessed art, science and technology as tools for the contemplation of space, offering a view of society in sync with nature and the universe. Artistic Director Agnes Chavez promised, “Festival participants’ senses will be activated, curiosities stimulated, and minds transported to a wondrous universe in flux. We are thrilled to once again activate the streets of Taos with our 5th annual PASEO festival that engages our community and visitors in a participatory and multisensory experience.”
The nexus for The PASEO 2018 was the Space Cloud, an inflated pavilion designed by a Spanish architectural team that served as a gigantic illuminated nerve center for the weekend events. Within the Space Cloud a sci-artist projected an enlarged animated plankton while a New Mexico-based artist asked the Taos community to come together to explore its world from outer space. Another dozen artists and art collectives were introduced to add thought-provoking and playful art for public sharing.
Meet a few of the 20+ artists coming to The PASEO 2018:
Espacio La Nube with Hugo Cifre, Álvaro Gomis García and Miguel Ángel Maure Blesa
This award-winning design team from Madrid creates inflatable architecture. In their first appearance in the USA they will bring Space Cloud, an innovative 10,000 sq.ft. pavilion with an integrated LED lighting system to Kit Carson Park. It will be the site of multiple art installations and performances and a pre-festival STEAM Day for 300 Taos County students. The designers will improvise custom lighting effects throughout the festival to respond to the changing events and installations.
Victoria Vesna in collaboration with Dr. Alfred Vendl and Martina Fröschl
Los Angeles, California
Noise Aquarium spotlights animated 3D models of plankton obtained with scientific imaging techniques. The artist projects the plankton as large as whales inside the Space Cloud. UCLA professor Vesna works with biologists, chemists, nano-toxicologists and an animator toward a common goal – to raise consciousness about the underwater pollution that threatens the biodiversity of our most precious and life-giving resource: the oceans of the world.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This local artist creates social experiments through community participation and communication. Push Pull Turn is an illuminated acrylic box situated in front of a projected video. The video shows planet earth slowly rotating. The box has a handle to push, a handle to pull, and a hand crank to turn. The piece can be activated by no fewer than three participants, causing the video to zoom in or out, eventually zooming in on Taos and the location of the piece itself.
About the Paseo Project
The Paseo Project’s mission is to transform art through community and community through art. The Paseo Project is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that brings projection, installation and performance art to the streets of Taos. Its new community space, The Hub on Civic Plaza Drive, supports events and experiences for the community throughout the year. The Paseo Project is supported by the Town of Taos, Taos County Lodgers Tax Fund and numerous individuals, foundations, and business sponsors.
The PASEO 2018 at a Glance
The Festival: Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, 7 -11:00pm, Kit Carson Park, Civic Plaza Drive in Taos Historic District. 100% free.
Space Lounge VJ/DJ Party: Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, 10-11:30pm, the Space Cloud in Kit Carson Park. Free.
PASEO After Party: featuring ‘Beats Antique,’ Saturday, September 15, from 11:00pm, three stages of music at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership. Ticketed.
Pecha Kucha: Sunday, September 16, 7:00pm, Taos Community Auditorium. Ticketed.
Sponsored by Town of Taos