LARGE-SCALE VIDEO PROJECTION AT FRINGE FEST CALLS ATTENTION TO EXTINCTION REBELLION
BIDDEFORD – LumenARRT!, the video crew of the Artists’ Rapid Response Team (ARRT!), will be projecting during Fringe Fest on the Marble Block at 129 Main Street, Biddeford, Friday, September 20th from approximately 7 to 8 PM. In support of the Global Climate Strike and Extinction Rebellion, the videos showcase some of the over 1500 species that are endangered in the United States.
Protesting against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse, the groups call for immediate action on climate change and and no roll-back of the Endangered Species Act. The LumenARRT! crew will allow passers-by to draw live on the street and buildings, giving spectators a chance to share some of their own expression of urgency through pictures and words.
“Millions of children and students across the globe have been striking on Fridays: for the climate, for our future. On September 20, they will be joined by millions of adults. We are very excited to be able–that evening—to put a creative, light-filled exclamation point onto that historic day, calling attention to just how dire the situation is,” comments Lee Chisholm, of 350 Maine.
“It’s electronic graffiti,” says Geoffrey Leighton, special effects animator. “We can do street art that excites the public, with none of the downsides because nothing’s actually left on the buildings”
ARRT!, a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, has created over 400 issue-oriented banners to promote the work of progressive non-profits throughout the state. Now LumenARRT! is creating video projections to call attention to the work of these non-profits. Examples of previous projections can be seen at their website LumenARRT.org.
Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Partnering with 350 Maine to get out a message about the consequences on animal populations of climate change and ecological breakdown, LumenARRT! also partnered on this project with Engine, the community arts programming agency in Biddeford. The projection will contain animation, live action, and video-mapping sequences mapped onto moving figures and the street surface itself. The crew includes, Geoffrey Leighton, Regan Chase, Nora Tryon, Richard Tryon, Brian Leonard, Anita Clearfield, Tom Hibschman, Deb Fahy, David Webster and Nancy Salmon.
For more information about LumenARRT! projection projects, please contact lumenarrt.org.