THE RIPPLE EFFECT
PUBLIC ART & ECOLOGY
Imagine Iowa Great Lakes and the Iowa Lakeside Lab invite you to a series of public events produced as a result of the inaugural Public Art and Ecology Residency. Come experience data collected from around the lakes presented in new and interactive ways.
This summer, the artist collective Space Saloon observed the region’s landscapes and diverse ecosystems. Their reactions and results will be on display in the form of interactive sculptures, situated installations and performative experiences, encouraging an engagement with the physical and invisible ecologies found within Northwest Iowa. These temporary public events take place during the first two weeks of August 2021 and are open to all.
Tuesday, August 3
7:00 - 9:00 PM @ Center Lake
Come visit a special art installation displaying water samples collected from all the public beaches of the Iowa Great Lakes. Visual interpretations of data sets will be projected onto the samples to create an immersive and informative environment on the edge of Center Lake.
Wednesday, August 4
8:00 - 10:00 PM @ Marble Lake
This temporary art installation will immerse visitors in a spectrum of ambient UV and infrared light meant for attracting various species of insects and amphibians. The ‘frog dinner theater’ takes place at dusk at Marble Lake and will draw attention to the lake’s unique and important aquatic ecosystems.
Thursday, August 5
7:00 - 9:00 PM @ Gull Point
Explore the unique sounds of Iowa’s Great Lakes in this immersive art installation. Field recordings of local animals, aquatic creatures and human activities found in the region will be installed in the wooded area at Gull Point, drawing attention to the complex acoustic relationships of Okoboji.
Saturday, August 7
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Arnolds Park
Visit a special art installation at the Blue Water Fest displaying water samples collected from all the public beaches of the Iowa Great Lakes. Public attendees can interact with Augmented Reality visual interpretations of data sets to create an immersive and informative environment at Arnolds Park.
Tuesday, August 10
1:00 - 4:00 PM @ Pearson Lakes Art Center
Come explore the unique sounds of Iowa’s Great Lakes in this immersive art installation. Field recordings of local animals, aquatic creatures and human activities found in the region will be installed in the outside gardens of Pearson Lakes Art Center, drawing attention to the complex acoustic relationships of Okoboji.
Wednesday, August 11
3:00 - 5:00 PM @ Mini-Wakan
Visit the Northernmost part of the Iowa Great Lakes to see a unique, site-specific installation. Field recordings, projection screens and lights will be installed in the wooded areas of Mini-Wakan State Park, asking participants to engage in their many senses.
Thursday, August 12
7:00 - 9:00 PM @ Lakeside Lab
Join a special presentation from the Public Art and Ecology resident artists at the Lakeside Lab, Space Saloon. They will present various results from their residency in a live-immersive outdoor installation.
Saturday, August 14
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Arnolds Park
Visit Imagine Iowa Great Lakes’ space at Art in the Park as the artists present results from the Public Art and Ecology residency at Lakeside Lab. Various documentation films will be projected throughout the day, interactive posters will be passed out, and the artists will be available to discuss their work.
AA SUMMER SCHOOL UNIT
‘The Ripple Effect’ is a collective experiment on the potentials and limitations of remote sensing. In a time when we are more and more confined indoors, we will recreate the immersive experience of a field exploration, populating the shores of Iowa’s Great Lakes. Together we will explore a variety of digital tools, and gather for remote hikes and virtual campfires. We will work to leverage our dispersed locations and diverse experiences to develop practices of global care for localized sites.
Stay tuned for results from the workshops!