ILLUMINATE Light Art + Creative Tech Fest
ILLUMINATE Light Art + Creative Tech Fest

Utah Arts Alliance announces the fourth annual ILLUMINATE: Utah’s Light Art and Creative Tech Fest. ILLUMINATE  is a free celebration of innovation and imagination for the community, art lovers, and families. Artists working with technology and using light as their medium will use the city as their canvas and create projection-mapped artwork, light art displays and exhibits for the community to experience throughout the month. 

To accommodate COVID safety, ILLUMINATE moves away from the traditional festival model to present artworks to be enjoyed throughout the month on a self-guided tour without the concerns of a mass gathering. From large-scale projections to intimate performances to the introduction of Lumen Land, ILLUMINATE invites the community to experience art together, yet separate, as we explore the healing power of art.

During a time when the industry is dark, the Utah Arts Alliance is proud to use our resources to support Utah artists and Audio-Visual technicians for ILLUMINATE. We strive to keep pushing new levels of innovation and creativity in Utah.

Utah Arts Alliance Executive Director Derek Dyer said, “All of us at the Utah Arts Alliance are proud to present large-scale projection mapping to the community in Salt Lake City. When we connect the technology and creative sectors, the results are exciting. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to see the city in a new light as our artists present works inspired by themes of unity and healing.”

Projection Mapping at ILLUMINATE
Projection mapping is a video projection technique that creates the optical illusion of 3D effects on an object or building. These works exemplify the power of creativity when bringing together light art and technology. ILLUMINATE 2020 presents three large-scale projection pieces as part of this year’s “festival”, inspired by the themes of unity and healing. 

The displays are free and open to the public for viewing. Show will run nightly from sunset to 10 pm, every 20 minutes. Masks and social distancing are required. 

Thank you to Sundance Institute for their support of these projects.

CITY COUNTY BUILDING | Reflect Salt Lake
When: November 13 – 29, sunset to 10 pm nightly
Where: 451 S 200 East (viewing area from the lawn on 200 E)
Who: Content and Technical Direction by Mindhum 
UNION PACIFIC DEPOT AT THE GATEWAY
When: November 13 – November 29, sunset to 10 pm nightly 
Where: 15 S Rio Grande Dr. (viewing area from the Olympic Fountain at The Gateway)
Who: Content and Technical Direction by L and V Technical Designs 

MCCARTHEY PLAZA AT ECCLES THEATER | Pages of Imagination
When: November 25 – November 29, sunset to 10 pm 
Where: 150 S Regent St. (viewing area from McCarthey Plaza behind Eccles Theater)
Who: Content and Technical Direction by Webb Integration 

Spy Hop Projection Project | HERE FOR TOMORROW: PROJECTING MESSAGES OF HOPE AND UNITY FROM UTAH YOUTH
When: November 13 – November 29, sunset to 10 pm
Where: Spy Hop’s Kahlert Youth Media Arts Center 208 W. Harvey Milk Blvd (900 south)  The projection art will be on display in the recording studio window that faces 900 south,  at the ground level.   

Who: Spy Hop Teaching Artist Mentors  and students with additional collaboration and content provided by Spy Hop audio and design apprentices. Full list at illuminatesaltlake.org

Description:
Using the prompts of unity and healing, Spy Hop Teaching mentors asked their students to respond and create visual and audio works that illustrate the world around them. Abstract, poignant and ever changing, this work asks the viewer to tune in and pay close attention to their own emotions while being receptive to the world around them. The work includes projection and audio.