Outdoor Vision Fest® (OVF) began with a core belief that contemporary media students needed to think beyond single-channel media and explore cutting-edge technologies that enabled audience interaction with — and immersion in — moving-image experiences and environments.
However, when I co-founded OVF in December 2010 and wrote the initial proposal for the event at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (where I had just begun a full-time professorship), I had no idea where this concept would lead.
The 7th outing of OVF is slated for Friday, April 28, at 8:45pm. Last year’s event attracted approximately 3800 attendees, in a city of 80,000. OVF has been nominated Best (Event) of Santa Fe the past 2 years by readers of the Santa Fe Reporter, and the only single-night event that garners more votes is Zozobra, which has only been around for 92 years!
I’m thrilled to once again be executive-producing OVF, working with amazing faculty colleagues like Film Professor Brad Wolfley, Studio Arts Professor Tom Miller, Dance Professor Jocelyne Danchick, and Music Professor Jason Goodyear.
This year we’re looking forward to adding augmented reality, 360-degree video, and interactive costumes to the projection mapping, performance video, interactive media and other installations that have become the hallmarks of OVF. 50+ installations, all new student work.
And you can be part of the fun right away: go nominate Outdoor Vision Fest as the Best (Event) of Santa Fe right now. It’ll just take a moment to register (if you haven’t previously), and then find the “Event or Festival” category on the Arts & Entertainment ballot.
To further inspire you, here’s this year’s sizzle reel: