A look at Open Air with PennDesign, Richard Sommer & Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in conversation, Wednesday, Oct. 3

September 28, 2012 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2012 Festival

As a preview to the DesignPhiladelphia Festival, join us for an inside look at the architectural influences of the interactive public art project Open Air, Wednesday, October 3 from 6 - 8 PM at The University of Pennsylvania. PennDesign welcomes Richard Sommer, Dean of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, in conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, creator of Open Air. Open Air, commissioned by the Association for Public Art, combines public art with mobile technology to create a spectacular participatory experience that illuminates the night sky over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 21st and 24th Streets. The project is now on view during the hours of 8pm – 11pm nightly from September 20 - October 14, 2012. Ken Lum, Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Fine Arts Program and noted public artist himself, will introduce the PennDesign discussion, and Penny Balkin Bach, Artistic and Executive Director of the Association for Public Art, will moderate. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at  UPENN's Meyerson Hall - B1, 210 South 34th Street. Register online and view additional program details here >>

Activate Open Air with DesignPhiladelphia Sunday, October 14

The DesignPhiladelphia Festival and Open Air  will both close on October 14. Join us on the Parkway for a very special send-off! As a featured group for the evening, DP fans and supporters will bypass the system queue and open the night with the first 10 messages of the evening - up to 30 seconds each. Meet at the Open Air Project Information Center (Eakins Oval, 24th Street and the Parkway) at 7:45pm on Sunday, October 14. Details here >> http://vimeo.com/48143669


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