Aurora 2018 (Dallas, Texas)

November 2018 Dates TBD

AURORA is a free contemporary art event presenting interactive installations of light, video and sound in exciting and unexpected public spaces throughout Dallas. In November 2018, the sunset will signal the transformation of the city into one of the nations largest outdoor exhibitions. The theme for 2018 will be ‘Future Worlds’, a forward-looking invitation for artists and visitors alike to imagine series of possible futures.

The curators for AURORA 2018’s biennial contemporary art exhibition are Justine Ludwig (Dallas), DooEun Choi (New York), and Nadim Samman (Berlin). They will carefully select and invite local and international artistic contributions, which will aim to open a dialogue about how we collectively envision our ‘Future Worlds’.

BDYHAX2018: The BodyHacking Convention (Austin, Texas)

BDYHAX is a 3 day bodyhacking conference complete with speakers, workshops, interactive experiences, and more than a few chances to party with your peers. While doing our part to “Keep Austin Weird,” we’ll transform the beautifully remodeled Sheraton into a Transhumanist paradise from Feb 2nd-4th, 2018.

Firmament by Christopher Schardt (Houston, Texas)

Installation opens November 22, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Illuminated from dusk to 11 pm

Discovery Green® captivates downtown visitors this winter with Firmament, a vibrant canopy of LED lights by acclaimed Burning Man artist Christopher Schardt. Firmament enlivens the Sarofim Picnic Lawn from November 22 through January 8, 2017!

Firmament is a 52-foot wide, canopy of 21,600 LED lights, suspended from a 42-foot high aluminum tower. The tower is elevated on six legs forming huge equilateral triangles with the ground. At its pinnacle, a 21” diameter LED ball serves as a beacon and will be visible from long distances.

Visitors can gather under the structure as the LED lights display celestial, playful, psychedelic and brightly abstract images. A continually changing musical element engages visitors’ senses creating an enveloping, comforting, communal environment below.

Discovery Green will seek input from Houston musicians and the community to determine musical selections, make sure to check back for the full line up!

Fusebox Festival 2016 (Austin, Texas)

Join us in beautiful Austin, TX for the 12th Fusebox Festival. Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts.

The 2016 festival will take place over 5 action-packed days in dozens of venues and locations all over the city. Hundreds of local, national, and international artists in all disciplines converge for one of the most unique cultural events in the country that reaches 30,000 people annually.

FotoFest 2016 Biennial (Houston, Texas)

The FotoFest 2016 Biennial, the Sixteenth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Arts, takes place March 12 – April 24, 2016, in Houston, Texas. The FotoFest Biennials draw over 250,000 visitors during the course of their six-week run. They attract visitors and participants from over 35 countries. They are one of the world’s longest-running, largest, and most respected international photographic art events.

Across the globe, millions of people are acting on the crises affecting the sustainability of life as we know it on this planet. As an estimated 400,000 people recently participated in international demonstrations concerning the issues of environmental change, thousands of others are responding, with small and large projects, to the challenges of protecting, preserving and developing the resources of the planet in sustainable ways.

CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES will present artists, experts, scientists, writers, and policy makers looking at the inter-connected issues of climate change, population growth and migration, globalized use of natural resources, capital, and the impact of new technologies. The exhibitions and other programs will focus on the future of the Earth by examining challenges, and by proposing new ideas and solutions.

South by Southwest 2016 (SXSW) (Austin, Texas)

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.

SXSW creates a platform for artists to gain international exposure, and connect with leaders in the fields of music, film and technology. We encourage collaborations between artists of diverse backgrounds, and seek to work with established artists and organizations, as well as help break emerging artists.

Our goal is to showcase international artists, support local talent and contribute to a vibrant culture of art in the city of Austin while enhancing the SXSW experience for registrants.

Previous projects include The Impossible Wall Project with POW! WOW! and SprATX, Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective at the Contemporary Austin, PI in the Sky by Ishky, Tree by Simon Heijdens, and the SXSW Eco® Light Garden.

BodyHacking Con 2016 (Austin, Texas)

Bodybuilders, tattoo enthusiasts, tech folk, and every other group out there has their own conventions focused on precisely what they’re already into. BDYHAX is a little different. By bringing everyone together we want to expand horizons, create new connections, and, hopefully, encourage new frontiers to be explored. Join us as bodyhackers from all walks of life share philosophies, technologies, and maybe the occasional cocktail, all in the name of altering the human body as its owner sees fit.

The 2+ days of BDYHAX include conference sessions and discussions focused on everything from information security in wearable tech to the sense of touch being integrated into prosthetics. You’ll have the opportunity to meet biohackers augmenting the human sensory experience in their DIY labs, hear debates on ethics in human augmentation, and build your own tDCS device for at-home brain hacking. Check out the cutting edge of cosmetic surgery, the latest buzz in tattooing, and far more amazing things than we could ever hope to possibly write about in a single paragraph.

Aurora 2015: New Media Art Exhibition (Dallas, Texas)

Estimated end time on Saturday, October 17, 2015

For one night, every two years, downtown Dallas is transformed into an open air, urban playground of new media art: light, video, sound, performance, and projection on an unprecedented scale. The immersive exhibition showcases work by a confluence of local and international artists, selected by a team of established curators. Visitors are offered the unparalleled opportunity to see their familiar urban environment converted into an interactive site for some of the world’s most innovative contemporary art. Aurora’s aim is to liberate art from space and disciplinary confines, involving the general public and the international arts community in an inclusive and larger cultural conversation about artistic experience.

Aurora 2015 is pleased to announce an open call for local and international artists to submit proposals for artworks in the following media: light, video, sound, digital, internet-based work and/or performance.

Aurora cordially invites all emerging and established artists working in the areas referenced above, to submit proposals for Aurora 2015, under the theme ‘All Together Now’. Proposals should explore innovative approaches to a free public art event that transforms the neighborhood of the Dallas Arts District (68 acres/19 city blocks of downtown Dallas, Texas) into an open air, urban playground of new media art.

The 2015 theme ‘All Together Now’ starts from the concept of synesthesia – a term for the joining together of the senses. Artists are asked to propose works that provoke or bring into discussion a multi-sensory, synaesthetic experience using unexpected materials and technologies to create reactions that play on the imperceptible borders between the five basic senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, touch.