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Roto Pasadena Premieres Aug. 13 2016 in Pasadena Civic Center District

Roto Pasadena Premieres Aug. 13 2016 in Pasadena Civic Center District


PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena’s Civic Center District will be transformed into a magical world of giant roto-scoped animated images projected up to 20 feet tall outside City Hall, the Police Department and Central Library during the free “Roto Pasadena” public art event, 8-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. 

The public is invited to stroll down Garfield Avenue to watch the bold, colorful, hand-traced animated videos depicting residents, police officers and City elected officials presented in the unique rotoscoping digital format based on live action video interviews.  Three different videos, about three minutes to five minutes in length, will be projected and re-shown continuously during the event onto the front entry area of the Central Library, in the courtyard entrance outside the Police Department building and on an exterior wall of the historic Pasadena City Hall building. 

Roto Pasadena is created by artists Lisa Mann and Yo-Yo Lin, along with a cadre of animation artist assistants.  The videos are part of the “My Pasadena” public art project presented by the Planning and Community Development Department’s Cultural Affairs Division, www.cityofpasadena.net/arts, through a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts, www.arts.gov. 

“Roto Pasadena” is a community art project created by Mann and Lin, who collaborated with two Northwest Pasadena youth groups—La Pintoresca Teen Education Center and Pasadena YouthBuild—to create the videos from a teen perspective of living in Pasadena and to use interviews with police, councilmembers and residents. The idea was to use art to open a positive dialogue in an artistic medium between Pasadena officials and the people they serve thereby bridging the divide between generations, cultures and ethnicity, Mann said. 

Portions of Garfield Avenue near the video locations will be blocked off to vehicular traffic.  Food trucks will be available on site during the event.  For online information about Roto Pasadena, visit http://rotopasadena.tumblr.com. 


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Roto Pasadena is the latest installment of a dozen NEA-funded public art works presented through the “My Pasadena” project that are intended to transform the Civic Center District into a vibrant public forum that expands community awareness and engagement in the contemporary role of government in civic life.  Produced in a variety of media to reflect the diversity of civic engagement themes, projects include live performances, walking tours and visual art installations as well as dance, theater, animated projection, oral history and audio installation. 

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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, wboyer@cityofpasadena.net 

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Posted: 8/3/2016 01:00:00 PM
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