JIM WAGNER, COURTESY OF TAOS ARTS FESTIVAL
artists create site-specific outdoor works along the route linking the six festival venues. The projects include murals, film projection, and an interactive display on walls, roofs, and sidewalks. Among the Paseo contributors will be performance artist and metal sculptor Christina Sporrong, best known for her choreography of Amortec, a dance between a woman on stilts and a robot. Sporrong is creating an original street performance to help kick off the festival. Also robot-oriented is internationally known sculptor Christian Ristow, whose project is still in development as of press time but expected to be as innovative and inspiring as his renowned annual collaborative performances at California’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Interdisciplinary artist Agnes Chavez and sound engineer Alessandro Saccoia have again coproduced their popular (x)trees v.5: order and chaos installation, which will light up The Paseo with an interactive projection of tree forms generated from real-time text, Twitter, and archived data; the trees’ branches grow as audience-supplied messages are added. “The Paseo brings the art outdoors, taking TFAF a step further in bringing art to the community,” says architect-designer Matt Thomas of Studio TAOS, the event’s mastermind and director. “My hope is that we can allow visitors and locals to see Taos anew, almost as if for the first time. It’s about creating new memories and experiences for the community, contributing to Jim Wagner’s Sheets and Pillowcases was selected as the Taos Fall Arts Festival’s 2013 poster image.
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