A VISUAL CELEBRATION
About Façade Festival
Façade Festival is a monumental public art project and cultural event that took place from sunset to midnight each evening from September 8th to 14th, 2019 on the Georgia Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery, above the newly constructed šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
A selection of BC contemporary artists, both established and early-career, were commissioned to create ten stunning, site-specific works of art. Using the technology known as ‘projection mapping’, the works were tailored specifically for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s iconic architecture, and projected over its Georgia Street façade, covering the building with moving, dynamic artwork. Façade Festival is an immersive, large-scale artistic experience that was shared by thousands of attendees.
As a whole, the project spoke to the pervasiveness of digital forms in modern life and contemplates the role that new technologies play in contemporary art, while engaging the public in a grand architectural intervention free of charge.
Façade Festival 2019 showcased the work of Dana Claxton, Sandeep Johal, Natalie Purschwitz, Howie Tsui, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Justine Chambers, Josh Hite, Hyung-Min Yoon, Drew Young, Khan Lee, and Lindsay McIntyre. Works by two different artists were premiered each night from September 8th to 12th, while on September 13th and 14th, the public had the chance to enjoy all of the featured artists’ works in an encore presentation of all the projections. In addition, the final evening of Façade Festival featured a special projection mapping experience by Go2 Productions.
For information on Façade Festival 2017, please click here.
TURNING ANY SURFACE INTO A CANVAS
Projection Mapping is a cutting-edge technology and art form that turns any 3-dimensional object into a dynamic projection surface, or “canvas”. The scale and versatility of this new medium is still being explored, but what’s clear is the format’s ability to present unprecedented displays of bold creativity. This technology allowed the artists to isolate each architectural element with their own captivating artistic expression to visually transform the Vancouver Art Gallery.
With components of art, architecture, film, and multimedia, the broad appeal of Projection Mapping is immense. With similar events around the world drawing crowds that number in the millions, global public interest in this burgeoning technology and art form is undeniable, and the boundaries of the creative practice are being pushed in more and more innovative and exciting directions with each progressing year.