Open Air Media Festival @ Public Space One

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Open Air Media Festival @ Public Space One

August 29, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - August 30, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:30 pm, repeating until August 29, 2020

Open Air Media Festival, a new project featuring outdoor installations of projected video art, will take place over two consecutive evenings, Friday August 28 and Saturday August 29, in multiple locations throughout Iowa City. OAMF curator Zen Cohen, an Iowa City-based media artist, educator, and member of Public Space One’s new Media Arts Co-op, is working with video, new media, and performance artists to present four site-specific projected installations and a mobile projection unit that the public will be invited to visit throughout each evening starting at sunset. Participating artists include Jake Jones, Caitlin Mary Margarett, Dan Fine & Dana Keeton, and Anaïs Duplan, with several others TBA. Fine & Keeton’s work, which will be seen on the north side of PS1’s IC Press Co-op at 225 N. Gilbert, will include live mandala creation, projection mapping, real-time video, and music by percussion ensemble Loop 2.4.3. Cohen says: “The practice of intervening public spaces and architectural facades with video projections has long been used by artists from Portland to New York. It is a readymade answer for the time of social distancing, and a desire for communal art experiences. This project transforms the city into a stage for art; illuminating new ways of experiencing our city through the act of projecting light and providing a forum for local artists and media makers to imagine their work outside the bounds of a gallery and reach new audiences where they are.” The sonic component for each installation will be broadcast over 89.7 FM – KRUI and throughout the program, creating safe viewing opportunities from a vehicle—but the public is encouraged to attend via bike or on foot as well. The same program will repeat each evening, and attendees will be asked to wear face coverings as well as maintaining a 6 ft distance from others. Funding for the Open Air Media Festival was provided by a matching grant from the City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee. More information about each artist, as well as the finalized schedule and map will be available on PS1’s website at


August 29, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
August 30, 2020 @ 10:30 pm
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Public Space One
229 N Gilbert St
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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