We envision LUNA Fête as an event that lights up the entire city of New Orleans with installations throughout the city by international leaders in light, art, film, and technology-based practices alongside contributions by local artists.
We began with one projection mapping installation on Gallier Hall by France-based La Maison Production in 2014. In 2015 we expanded the LUNA Fête campus, premiering a new community-created work by Portugese-based OCUBO on the Ashe’ Power House Theatre. We also reclaimed Lafayette Square with Jen Lewin’s “The Pool”, presenting Miwa Matreyek at the Contemporary Arts Center, and presented local artists work along OC Haley and Julia Streets.
Jen Lewin's "The Pool" at Lafayette Square
Lafayette Square will be home to The Pool, by artist Jen Lewin.
POOL verb = combine, amalgamate, blend, join forces, league, merge, put together, share
The Pool is an environment of giant, concentric circles created from interactive circular pads. By entering The Pool, you enter a world where play and collaborative movement create swirling effects of light and color. Imagine a giant canvas where you can paint and splash light collaboratively. As multiple users play in The Pool, their interactions become mesmerizing patterns of shifting and fading colors.
Since 2012 alone, The Pool has traveled to over 30 major installations worldwide, and has clocked millions of user steps.
OCUBO @ Ashe' Power House Theatre
OCUBO a Portuguese artist studio specializes in interactive, participatory installations. The studio produced major multimedia projection on facades in Portugal, with projects such as “Arch of Light” and “Circus of Light” attracting about 500,000 spectators each. The studio also executed projects in Australia, Singapore, Japan, Israel, Germany, Ireland, and other countries.
“Sharing Light with the people, empowering them to create with light, giving them the opportunity to appropriate themselves and their urban space – these are the mottos of OCUBO’s creations.”
Ocubo will support LUNA Fête’s objective to create an education initiative that engages youth in the development of new artwork working with local students to produce the installation which will premiere on the 1847 Polymnia Street facade of Ashe’ Power House Theatre during LUNA Fête 2015.
Enjoy this selection of OCUBO’s past work.
Miwa Matreyek @ Contemporary Arts Center
Culminating the series of installations, Matreyek will present a magical performance at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans Dec. 4-5 with shows at 6 & 9 PM each night along with an artist talk back session Friday, December 4th at 7 PM. Matreyek creates animated short films, which explore how animation changes when it is combined with body and space. Her work has been featured at a variety of international festivals, including REDCAT, Time-Based Arts Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, among many others.