The Aurora Project

Take a glimpse: Interactive art installation in the Dallas Arts District is the prelude to a blowout

Take a glimpse: Interactive art installation in the Dallas Arts District is the prelude to a blowout

Aurora Project 2011 in Dallas
Scenes from Aurora 2011 in the Dallas Arts District. Photo courtesy of Aurora
Aurora Project 2011 in Dallas
Scenes from Aurora 2011 in the Dallas Arts District. Photo courtesy of Aurora
Glimpse in the Dallas Arts District
Glimpse kicks off a fundrasing campaign for Aurora 2013. Photo courtesy of Aurora
Aurora Project 2011 in Dallas
Aurora Project 2011 in Dallas
Glimpse in the Dallas Arts District

In 2010, two local artists got together to take their vision to the streets. Inspired by the Nuit Blanche events of New York, Paris and Toronto, Joshua King and Shane Pennington devised Aurora, a collective of interactive site-specific installations of light, sound and projection in Dallas Heritage Village.

That first event was successful enough to expand the next year to the Dallas Arts District with the participation of 83 local, 14 national and one international artist. In lieu of another giant presentation, this year’s event (also in the Arts District) is a breather of sorts — a teaser and introduction to fundraising for Aurora’s 2013 blowout.

 “Glimpse is an introduction to a fundraising campaign,” explains Aurora co-founder Joshua King. “The more money we raise, the better the work we’ll get.”

Called Glimpse, this one-night prelude on Friday, October 19, features 10 local artists and three collectives spreading out their talent from Routh Street to Jack Evans Street.

“Glimpse is an introduction to a fundraising campaign,” explains Aurora co-founder Joshua King. “Last year we called in all our favors, and you only have so many times to do that.

“This is something the city of Dallas wants to be a part of, but it takes organization, and the more money we get to support our contributors, the better the work we’ll get.”

From a visual collaboration with artist John Barker and the New Texas Orchestra (starting at 7:15 pm sharp!) to a performance installation by Muscle Nation featuring a bed on top of the Arts District’s reflective pond, there will be plenty to dazzle the eyes and ears. Attendees are encouraged to bring portable boom boxes and radios to hear the intergalactic sounds from Reid Robinson’s “Transient Signals.”

All of this and food trucks too.

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Glimpse, a free one-night prelude to Aurora 2013, takes place October 19, 7 pm-midnight. Art installations are located on the grounds of the Dallas City Performance Hall, Winspear Opera House and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.