Continuing in East Liberty for a third year, VIA 2013 was about organizational partnerships across the city large and small. Our flagship venue was a former community center recently purchased by a private developer who was interested in what "creative" potential the space might have. We transformed the offices, parking garage, and gym into immersive stages, interactive installations, gaming rooms, and quiet get-aways for video screenings.
2013 was marked by a special partnership with the 54th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art. VIA curated the opening gala, and offered an art/music "passport" with the museum for ticket holders, artists and press to seamlessly visit both events. Seeking to coordinate a city-wide week that would showcase our peers, we partnered with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater to commission an interactive performance by The Institute for New Feeling, and coordinated educational symposia and exhibition openings with Carnegie Mellon University.
VIA 2013 was a turning point in visual programming, as my interest in matchmaking visual artists & musicians evolved into building "super teams" of artists that would work with me to develop more technically and conceptually complex stage & media ecosystems. H3DSpace, our showcase stage, was a TSA-inspired 360 scanning rig and projection system developed in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University's MFA media design students as part of their first year curriculum, and fabricators at TechShop Pittsburgh.
Featured Pop-up: (former) Family Resources Center, East Liberty, Pgh PA
Venues: Family Resources Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Dance Alloy, The Rex, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Brillobox, Hot Mass, Bayardstown Social Club