Written by Kate Harner
Willimantic, Conn. - June Bisantz, professor of digital art and design at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Harrison Judd, photographer and digital archivist to Maurice Sendak, will produce "The Screen Project," Connecticut's first Urban Screens event, from sunset to midnight on Feb. 11-21. The event will be held at five locations on Main Street in Willimantic, including Cafémantic, the Willimantic Public Library and the former Nassif's for Sports facility. The public is invited. Admission is free.
The Urban Screens concept uses architectural surfaces as "canvases" for creative work. Bisantz and Judd will connect eastern Connecticut to the global art community with "The Screen Project," using downtown Willimantic as their setting. They call the event an "optimistic experiment in illumination, architecture and art in public spaces," and will exhibit local, regional and national artists' work as video projections in "Love in a Cold Climate," the project's first exhibition.
The project includes video, animation, moving text and poetry by New York City artists Holly Anderson, Caroline Beasely-Baker, and Flash Rosenberg; Texas artist Sev Coursen; and Connecticut artists Sue Berg and Rachel Siporin, as well as Bisantz and Judd.
The ECSU Design Group, a team of 10 student artists from Eastern Connecticut State University's Digital Art and Design program who designed promotional materials and billboards for the event, will also exhibit. The Screen Project's animated logo was created by Design Group member Paula Hansen. Billboards promoting the event in Willimantic and Putnam were designed by Kaitlin Butler, Paula Hansen and Trevor Shaw-Mumford, a senior visual arts major from Manchester. A still image from Butler's "Screen Project" video will appear in the February issue of "Connecticut Magazine."
"The Screen Project" builds on the success of "Turning Pages," Bisantz's video projection created for the façade of the Willimantic Public Library in April 2010, which prepared the way for this larger public art event.
"The Screen Project" has been invited to become a global partner of the Streaming Museum, which presents art in public space and cyberspace on seven continents. This partnership means the Screen Project will connect eastern Connecticut globally, introducing a new way of using illumination, architecture and art in public spaces to connect local and global communities.
For more information on "The Screen Project," visit http://www.thescreenproject.com.