Activate Chicago - Network: Pulsing with Power took place on Thursday August 24th, 2017 from 5-10pm in Couch Place Alley at 170 N State St. in downtown Chicago, IL. Network: Pulsing with Power explores the alley as the pathway for electrical and communication lines – the place where the abstract grid becomes visible and personal, connecting individual buildings with vast global networks. I created an array of installations and activities that featured artists, musicians, and educators who utilize light as an integral part of their work.
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MC Ciara McKissick and Orb dance on stage.
MC Ciara McKissick and Orb dance on stage.
Dancer Orb Box steals the show.
Dancer Orb Box steals the show.
Entrance to the event in Couch Place Alley
Entrance to the event in Couch Place Alley
2,000+ guests in attendance
2,000+ guests in attendance
Conch Shell rides his mobile DJ set through the crowd.
Conch Shell rides his mobile DJ set through the crowd.
VR bike experience by Eric Wolinksy
VR bike experience by Eric Wolinksy
Dorian Electra and friends perform pop music in a storage unit.
Dorian Electra and friends perform pop music in a storage unit.
Best friends Marian and Megan body paintied guests in a kiddie pool.
Best friends Marian and Megan body paintied guests in a kiddie pool.
Son Monarcas performs Latin Fusion music
Son Monarcas performs Latin Fusion music
Andrea Falcone performs with his LED infused accordion.
Andrea Falcone performs with his LED infused accordion.
Lino Bernabe shows guests his RGB reactive animated paintings.
Lino Bernabe shows guests his RGB reactive animated paintings.
Backdrop for immersive photoshoot by Ursula Andreeff
Backdrop for immersive photoshoot by Ursula Andreeff
In addition to the Activate event that took place for one night only, I had the opportunity to commission Chicago muralista SAM KIRK to create a permanent, public work of art in historic Couch Place Alley that related to the theme of the power grid. 
Her result - "Bringing the Power to the People  - Women in the Trades ". 
CREDITS
Architectural Installation - PORT URBANISM 
Microsafari - an interactive microscopy demo that pulses to live music -  THE ANALYTICS LOUNGE 
Animated Painting Installation - LINO BERNABE
Women in the Trades Mural - SAM KIRK
 3D Sculpting & Printing Classes -  THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY MAKER LAB  
 Virtual Reality Bike Tour -  created by ERIC WOLINSKY, painted by URSULA ANDREEFF
Immersive Fashion Photoshoot - Created by URSULA ANDREEFF, Live Photography by IAN VECCHIOTTI, Body Painting by MEGAN ESKOFFMARIANA ROCKWELL 
Master of Ceremonies - CIERA McKISSICK
House DJ - DJ CID IKARUS
Electro-Pop Performance Art - DORIAN ELECTRA
Hip Hop Performance - LA VAN GOGH with DJ MANTY 
Latin Folk Fusion Ensemble - SON MONARCAS 
Dancer - ORB BOX
 Mobile Bike DJ - CONCH SHELL
 Accordion Player - ANDREA FALCONE
Production Assistants - DENA SPRINGER, ANGELIKA LANKINA, WESTON ALLEN, CHRISTIAN ZWIT

Videographer - GREG STEPHEN REIGH 
Music in Preview Video - Unicorn by FOUR TET
Music in Full Video - Cumbia Bichera by EL REMOLÓ​​​​​​​N

Special Thanks to 
Chicago Loop Alliance Placemaking & Creative Manager - KATE KELEMAN
Chicago Loop Alliance Placemaking Intern - KALINDI PARIKH
The event was made possible by a generous grant from THE CHICAGO LOOP ALLIANCE and SSA#1-2015