New Media Art Lights Up Historic Taos Plaza

On September 23, digital monsters and fire, as well as community activists, will occupy Taos Plaza from 7 to 11pm.

Motomichi, artist’s rendering of projection for PASEO’s Party on the Plaza, Taos, New Mexico

The PASEO Party on the Plaza will bring temporary, participatory art installations to the historic downtown of Taos, New Mexico. On September 23, the adobe walls of buildings around the plaza will be illuminated by the work of three nationally recognized artists.

Motomichi, a Japanese VJ and projection-mapping artist from Brooklyn NY, will project his signature red, black, and white patterns and giant monster characters on the façade of Hotel La Fonda de Taos, the town’s oldest hotel, built in 1822. Youth from Taos schools — winners of a county-wide, environmental Monster Design Challenge — will have their STEAM Monsters projected as well. Jamie Vaida, from Oakland, CA, and creator of Mutant Vehicles for Burning Man, will install Fire Tree and Flaming Pipe Organ in collaboration with Alvin Sessions. The Illuminator, an art collective that emerged out of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, will allow community members to voice their hopes for Taos in light on adobe walls.

The Paseo Project was formed in 2014 to bring a new kind of art to the Taos Art Colony. It operates with the belief that community transforms art and art transforms community.

This event is sponsored by the Town of Taos, Taos County Lodgers Tax, Taos Community Foundation, the Lor Foundation, New Mexico Arts, and many generous private donors.