Vancouver is hosting a public digital art festival next month that you don’t want to miss – FAÇADE Festival.
Taking place in the heart of downtown, the highly-anticipated festival kicks off on September 4 and runs right through to September 10 – and it’s bringing cutting-edge projection mapping to the city.
This year marks the third anniversary of the art and cultural celebration and it’s slated to feature 10 stunning works which you’ll get to see projected onto the Georgia Street facade of Vancouver Art Gallery.
The Burrard Arts Foundation is presenting the week-long event and has commissioned established and contemporary artists to create 10 eclectic pieces in new and traditional media, each representative of the urban environment with vibrant creativity.
To give you a taster of what you can expect to see, we’ve compiled a list of six artists who will be featured in the festival.
Fiona Ackerman uses colour and proportion to achieve a balance in her works. While a lot of her paintings are totally abstract, she also employs representation in her series centred around artists’ studios and garden environments. Her project for this year’s festival draws from an archive of documented paintings that she has done over the years and the projection will be something totally new.
Artist Shawn Hunt started out in his career as a carver before making the move to painting with dimensionality in a style that’s typically more flat. His work for this year’s festival will expand on ‘Line as Language’ by enlarging and combining the pieces to tell ancient stories.
A trained dancer, Evann Siebens describes her practice as media with movement. Her project for this year’s festival ‘Orange Magpies’, deals with place but includes the theme of dance much more overtly. By collaborating with two dancers, Siebens filmed their improvisational movements against Vancouver backdrops.
You can see Diyan Achjadi’s Indonesian heritage figures prominently in her work as she draws on diverse cultural practices to raise questions about complex issues related to the environment and colonialism. For this year’s festival, she’ll be exploring the nature of her home archipelago through an animation of shifting islands and clouds.
An engineer, industrial designer, and artist, Scott Billings creates sculptures and video installations that centre around issues of animality, mobility, and spectatorship. He’s going to be 3D scanning and printing to create a scale model of the Vancouver Art Gallery, then record it being physically damaged and manipulate for his FAÇADE Festival projection.
Artist Luke Ramsey employs a simple style in all of his illustration, collaborations, and murals. He has been featured in the New York Times, Vice, and many more publications. And for this year’s festival project, he will be covering the Vancouver Art Gallery in evolving squiggles which reference the politically-loaded gesture of graffiti-writing.
There’s no doubt that you’ll be engaged in a grand architectural intervention during the FAÇADE Festival. An estimated 35,000 people attended the event last year and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever before, so make sure to arrive early.
For more information about the festival and participating artists, check out FAÇADE Festival online.
When: September 4 to 10, 7:30 pm to midnight
Where: Georgia Street facade of Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street
Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of FAÇADE Festival