PASADENA” PREMIERES AUG. 13, 2016 IN CIVIC CENTER DISTRICT
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.
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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: William
H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626)