Canal Convergence 2021 in Scottsdale brings together art and technology

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Canal Convergence, a 10-night free public art event in Scottsdale, brings art and technology together.






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The event starts at 6 p.m. each evening and runs from November 5 to November 5. 14, along the Scottsdale waterfront along footpaths, bridges, and in and over the Arizona Canal, between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard.

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The annual event features works by local artists and some from around the world, on this year’s theme “Art and Technology”. The theme coincides with CODAsummit, a three-day conference for people and businesses involved in “creating large-scale commissioned works of art to examine how technology-infused art installations can change the way environments are experienced. “.

The CODAsummit conference is scheduled for November 10-12 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Some of the pieces featured in Canal Convergence include cutting edge technology, and others focus on event themes like water, light, sustainability and interactivity, according to a Scottsdale Arts release.

But Canal Convergence is more than just a public art exhibition, it also includes performances, creative workshops, lectures by educational artists, augmented reality experiences, and food and drink for sale.

The event is produced by Scottsdale Public Art in association with other branches of Scottsdale Arts.

Activities for participants beyond viewing and interacting with the artwork:

  • An augmented reality treasure hunt, a virtual tour of the history and engineering of the Arizona Canal with Salt River Project and the opportunity via augmented reality to meet the artists behind the exhibits. Participants can experience the augmented reality features of the event through the Hoverlay app. You must download the app for iPhone or Android before participating.
  • Workshops for children, adolescents and adults led by a diverse group of local, national and international artists. This includes the opportunity to craft LED robots and lanterns, contribute to drone design research, explore various art creation software, and combine science, technology and art using ‘watercolors. Most workshops require prior registration and many include a fee.
  • Beer and wine garden at Soleri Plaza, weekend food trucks and evening shows.
  • Live musical performances from a wide variety of genres including jazz, R&B, rock, country, J-pop, mariachi, Americana and folk.
  • Live poetry, storytelling and dance performances, including two special dance performances by MovementChaos by Nicole Olson.

Click here for a full schedule and more information.

The works of art on display are as follows, according to Scottsdale Arts:

  • “AeroGels” by Phoenix artist Roy Wasson Valle of Fireweather Studios, describes an artist’s experiences on Mars in 2268 using augmented reality.
  • “Arc ZERO: Oculus” by artist James Tapscott from Melbourne, Australia is an immersive walkway with a fiery glow, made simply of light and water.
  • “The DOOR (S)” by Paul Magnuson / B! G ART, from Calgary, Canada, are portals to discover alternate realities, with scenes that change each time one of the DOOR (S) opens .
  • “Entwined Meadow”, by San Fracisco artist Charles Gadeken, is a grove of 10 flower clusters with individually programmable light pixels, controlled by the audience from a smartphone or tablet.
  • Walter Productions of The Valley returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront with “Floom,” a series of fiery flower sculptures with choreographed fire shows every night.
  • “illumaphonium: Halo” by artist duo illumaphonium from Churchstanton, UK, is a series of nine interconnected interactive towers that create ever-changing patterns of light and sound through audience participation.
  • “Light Falls” by artist Vigas from São Paulo, Brazil, is an imposing waterfall of light with a range of colors and ambient nature sounds.
  • “Mini Nova” by Los Angeles-based artist Abram Santa Cruz and Liquid PXL, is a collection of four sculptures that use hundreds of colorful LED animations to create spellbinding bursts of light.
  • “Mirage”, an augmented reality artwork by Los Angeles-based studio Nancy Baker Cahill, depicts a vortex of water droplets that rise up to meet an hourglass before turning to sand and back down to the canal. Arizona.
  • “The Planets” by PITAYA from Lyon, France, is a series of sculptures that bring the cosmic beauty of our solar system back to earth, creating a disco ball effect in the surrounding environment.
  • “Say What You Will,” from MASARY Studios in Boston, invites attendees to speak at kiosks along the Arizona Canal as the art installation transforms their voices into video expressions.
  • “Time Stream” by Phoenix-based artist Casey Farina, is an interactive work of art where the movement of participants is captured and projected into a virtual space.

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