Lights On Tampa 2009 Artists

Title of Project: Tampa Bay: Living Waters portfolio for the Portal Artist: Carlton Ward Year Completed: 2009 Materials: LED screens, digital photography

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Carlton Ward Jr.’s installation was one of several commissioned for Lights On Tampa 2009.  This photographic portfolio celebrates the natural wonder of the original Tampa Bay and the humanity connected to its living waters. For Lights On Tampa, this portfolio was digitally displayed on LED screens installed in a storefront window as a prototype for the Portal. Portal functions as a linear gallery, combining short educational statements about the Environment, Well-Being, and Tampa’s Arts and Culture with beautiful imagery. The Portal also provides an access point—or Portal—to a companion website that will further delve into each subject area. Educational content for all ages, including links for further reading and exploration, lesson plans, and resource material specific to the Bay area will be accessible. This ambitious program is a collaborative project. In addition to the City of Tampa, partners include Southwest Florida Water Management District. </p>

Title of Project: Revamp Ft. Brooke
Artist: Sabine Weissinger, Friedrich Foerster (Casa Magica)
Year Completed: 2009
Location: Ft. Brooke Parking Garage, Tampa, FL

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Casa Magica’s installation was one of several commissioned for Lights On Tampa 2009. Lights On Tampa is a biennial program of the City of Tampa, Public Art Program whose mission is to bring free access to artistic excellence. Artists were selected from an international call to artists from a jury that included writer and cultural critic, Dave Hickey; Anne Pasternak, Director of Creative Time; and Jerry Saltz, Art Critic for New York Magazine. During its 3 week run, nearly a million people experienced Lights On Tampa.

Artists Sabine Weissinger and Friedrich Foerster (Casa Magica) used large format PANI projectors to transform a nine story parking garage in the heart of downtown Tampa. Six slides were created, fitting into the existing architecture, and ran on a loop every night from installation (January 10) through SuperBowl Feburary 1. The artists made multiple trips to Tampa from Germany to research the culture and history of the bay area in order to make each slide specific to the area.

“At first glance, these dazzling images appear to be glamorous embellishments for a utilitarian structure. With closer examination, one sees that each image is a collage that carries specific references to some part of Tampa’s history and identity.”

Title of Project: Ecstatic City (Tampa)
Artist: Chris Doyle
Year Completed: 2009
Location: Tampa Convention Center, HART Transportation Center, USF Park
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Chris Doyle’s installation was one of several commissioned for Lights On Tampa 2009. Lights On Tampa is a biennial program of the City of Tampa, Public Art Program whose mission is to bring free access to artistic excellence. Artists were selected from an international call to artists from a jury that included writer and cultural critic, Dave Hickey; Anne Pasternak, Director of Creative Time; and Jerry Saltz, Art Critic for New York Magazine. During its 3 week run, nearly a million people experienced Lights On Tampa.

For Lights On Tampa, the artist installed Ecstatic City, a series of urban projects where the landscape of the city is transformed or animated. For Ecstatic City (Tampa), he transformed the mundane infrastructure into a giant magic lantern through a series of rotating mirrored balls, concentrating in and around the area of the Convention Center. Beginning at dusk, pedestrian areas of the city were bathed in a gentle wash of spinning light. Part of this installation, at the entrance to the Convention Center, was left behind as a permanent addition to the city. The first of the artist’s Ecstatic City series debuting at the Melborne Australia Art Festival in October 2008.

“By taking a conventional, off-the-shelf object typically used in the disco and re-contextualizing it in the city, I am attempting to amplify the sense of atmosphere, the mood of expectation and possibility that is so important to the life of a place and the experience of its people." – Chris Doyle

Title of Project: Slurb
Artist: Concept/ direction/animation: Marina Zurkow; Music by Lem Jay Ignacio
Year Completed: 2009 Location: projection at St. Pete Times Forum.


Gallery of stills from Slurb

Marina Zurkow’s installation was one of several commissioned for Lights On Tampa 2009. Lights On Tampa is a biennial program of the City of Tampa, Public Art Program whose mission is to bring free access to artistic excellence. Artists were selected from an international call to artists from a jury that included writer and cultural critic, Dave Hickey; Anne Pasternak, Director of Creative Time; and Jerry Saltz, Art Critic for New York Magazine. During its 3 week run, nearly a million people experienced Lights On Tampa.

For Lights On Tampa, Slurb, the 18 minute animation loop with soundtrack, was projected onto a blank wall of the St. Pete Times Forum with the final projection approximately 33’ high x 60’ wide. The soundtrack, with lyrics containing scientific names of jellyfish species, was pumped into the outdoor plaza of the Forum for viewers to enjoy. Slurb also has a strong online component with the animation permanently available on the city of Tampa’s website, the St. Petersburg Times News In Education website and www.lightsontampa.org. Zurkow also produced Slurb as a single-channel animation for use on the City of Tampa Television station which runs periodically on CTTV.

The animated, carnivalesque tailgate party of Slurb loops and stutters, like a vinyl record stuck in a groove. In Slurb, people have been forced to move onto the water, where the jellyfish now have dominion. This animation recalls the satirical illustrations of J.J. Grandville’s where animal-headed humans tell social narratives; and J.G. Ballard’s prescient 1962 novel Drowned World where inhabitants of a flooded world feel the tug of the sun, and dream of a return to their amniotic past.

Title of Project: Tampa Public Mood Ring Artist: Will Pappenheimer Year Completed: 2009 Materials Web-based program, web camera, lights, steel Location: Cotanchobee Park

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Will Pappenheimer’s installation was one of several commissioned for Lights On Tampa 2009. Lights On Tampa is a biennial program of the City of Tampa, Public Art Program whose mission is to bring free access to artistic excellence. Artists were selected from an international call to artists from a jury that included writer and cultural critic, Dave Hickey; Anne Pasternak, Director of Creative Time; and Jerry Saltz, Art Critic for New York Magazine. During its 3 week run, nearly a million people experienced Lights On Tampa.

Will Pappenheimer created the Tampa Public Mood Ring, an interactive program that was hosted by local news website, tampabay.com. In this project, engaging social media, visitors were able to “rate the mood” of an article and physically change the lights on a 30’ steel superbowl ring-inspired structure, designed by Pappenheimer. Web cameras were put in place in order for web visitors to see the structure respond to their mood. The installation debuted January 10 and ran through February 1st during the height of the Super Bowl excitement, as Tampa was the host of the Big Game. Gerdau Ameristeel, a locally-based wholesaler of steel, built the temporary structure out of recycled steel.

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