LumenARRT!, the video crew of The Artists’ Rapid Response Team (ARRT!) has teamed up with The Immigrant Resource Center, Lewiston to create a large-scale video projection in Monument Square in Portland. On September 2nd, the night of First Friday Art Walk, the video projection was visible on the monument in the square, on Transformit fabric shapes, and on the façade of the Portland Public Library. The projections featured immigrants talking about their experiences in Maine, as well as colorful animations about the vital role immigrants play in the social and economic life of Maine.
“As Mainers age, the immigrant community is an important source of workers and youth energy,” commented Deqa Dhalac, who helped put together the project.
It’s electronic graffiti,” says Geoffrey Leighton, special effects animator for LumenARRT! “We can do street art that excites the public, with none of the downsides because nothing’s actually left on any of the buildings.”
ARRT!, a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, has created over 200 issue-oriented banners to promote the work of progressive non-profits throughout the state (see them at arrteam.org). Now LumenARRT! is creating video projections to call attention to the work of these non-profits.
The Immigrant Resource Center (formerly known as United Somali Women of Maine) hopes the video projection calls attention to their upcoming “Building Bridges Conference and Haweenka: Celebrating Our Community's Women and Girls” on October 11th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. The IRC works to support refugee and immigrant communities by offering culturally and linguistically sensitive services to promote a healthy and equitable Maine. (ircofmaine.org)
Partnering with the Immigrant Resource Center and several immigrant communities, the projection contains animation, live action, and video-mapping sequences created by a crew that includes, Geoffrey Leighton, Steve Plummer, Courtney Brown, Nora Tryon, Richard Tryon, Brian Leonard, Anita Clearfield, Lee Chisholm, Cindy Thompson, Phui Yi Kong and Shannon Brown.
Transformit creates fabric architecture for transforming interior environments -- utilizing sculptural shapes and sustainable interior designs that are lightweight, easily transported, and made from recycled and recyclable materials. (transformit.com)