by Travis LeMont Ballenger
Here at Arena, we've been experimenting with how much we can engross the audience into the art. I think this is clear from the work we do with Sub/Text and our Audience Enrichment programs. With R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE, we wanted to try something new.
We asked visual artists to contribute work that is inspired by Bucky Fuller's ideas. Just like with the Bucky Art that is currently scattered around Crystal City, we were hoping that this lobby instillation would be a useful tool to help the audience further explore the ideas of the space.
The work is incredibly diverse. Celia Hodges contributed her work using geometric shapes in her exploration of music. John Higlii contributed three pieces using Fuller's geometry. James Mallos provided an interactive computer-based piece that captures an image through an embedded camera. The image is then broken into many geometric shapes and projected on the wall. It's quite an experience. You control the art.
The artists were all wonderful to work with. It has been a pleasure to learn from them. I hope you get the chance to see the work. It'll be up throughout the run of the show until July 4th.