On the evening of Saturday, August 13, 2016, Los Angeles Artist, Lisa Mann and Yo-Yo Lin projected images and video clips on the facades of three buildings in Pasadena’s Civic Center District—Pasadena City Hall, the Pasadena Police Department, and the Pasadena Central Library. Their two-hour public art piece was entitled “Roto Pasadena,” for the rotoscoping technique the artists used to create their works. Mann used footage from interviews between students, city officials and residents from all walks of life, as a way of using art to open a positive dialogue between Pasadena officials and the people they serve.
02:18 into Roto Pasadena, the city’s Chief of Police, Phillip Sanchez appears saying “I think what we are doing different at the Pasadena Police Department is that we are teaching ourselves about respect.” Sanchez reappears at 04:10, and says “Because we’re as diverse as the stars in the sky. I mean there are a lot of different cultures, a lot of different people that come to our great community every day.”
Lisa Mann is a Pasadena-based artist, the majority of her installations have served as focused on social and cultural inequalities. She is an Associate Professor of Practice in the John C.Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Yo-Yo Lin is an installation and VJ artist, animator, and graphic designer who graduated from USC’s Animation program.
Roto Pasadena was one of several installments of “My Pasadena,” a public art series curated by Side Street Projects in partnership with the City of Pasadena’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Division, which is funded by a grant received from the National Endowment for the Arts. “My Pasadena” set out to transform Pasadena's Civic Center District into a vibrant public forum that expands community awareness and engagement in the contemporary role of government in civic life.
Side Street Projects is an artist collective that was founded in 1992. The organization is completely mobile, operating out of trailers and converted buses. They create works designed to be shown in communities rather than in galleries.
Learn about Side Street Projects at sidestreet.org
Learn more about Pasadena's Arts & Cultural Affairs Division at cityofpasadena.net/arts
Learn more about Visit Pasadena at visitpasadena.com
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