Pathways: Past / Present
As a part of the curatorial project, Pathways: Past/Present, I ran a series of four workshops for ten high school students from the greater Burlington, Vermont, area. Students produced original artwork for the show that investigated the past and present of the Moran Plant, an abandoned electric plant on Burlington’s waterfront. We then used motion tracking technology and custom software to integrate the drawings into a larger, interactive narrative. We projected the drawings into and onto the Moran Plant for viewers to interact with during a one-night show on May 31, 2014.
The show also included six invited artists from the greater New York and Boston areas who created original work for and about the Moran Plant during a three-day residency in Burlington. I coordinated community housing for the visiting artists and provided technical support for the development of their work.
I secured funding for the project through a Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Grant, a successful Kickstarter Campaign, and a donation from Kingdom County Productions. Burlington City Arts donated space for the workshops and provided press for the event. Use of the power plant was obtained through negations with Burlington City Economic Development Office.
Greg Mahoney and Nathan Swanson shot video documentation of the show, and Nathan Swanson edited the documentation, creating the short film “Let’s Not Pretend This Isn’t Weird.” Both artists themselves, Mahoney and Swanson sought not only to document the evening’s events, but also to bring the Moran Plant to life through their documentation.
I developed the curriculum for the workshops, which took place on the four Saturdays leading up to the event. For the workshops, I recruited art, theater, and computer science students from Burlington High School, Champlain Valley Union High School, and South Burlington High School.