Visitors viewing Liz Roberts’ site-specific commission at CampSITE Sculpture Park, Courtesy of FotoFocus

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BLINK Projects Presented by FotoFocus Biennial Participating Venues

Posted on October 13, 2022

Coinciding with the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record, BLINK includes several photographic and lens-based light projects presented by FotoFocus. These outdoor site-specific projects address the theme of FotoFocus and the experience of BLINK through projection mapping, murals, and light-based installations. Boasting 101 installations, BLINK will span over 30 city blocks from McMicken Avenue in Cincinnati to 7th Street in Covington in the evenings from October 13–16.

Hughes High School 

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This artwork is not within the BLINK® footprint and is available:

Hughes STEM High School
2515 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45219
(307) 714-0072

Fri–Sun 8:30–10pm

Free to the Public

The Hughes Project 2.0 is a collaboration between Hughes STEM High School art students and UC-CCM Theatre Design & Production students to project photographic artwork worked together to create snapshots of the world they live in and imaginings of the future onto the façade of the beautiful and historic Hughes High School building. The work includes projection mapping and lighting, and is an experience of the personal writ large. The music for the Hughes Project 2.0 was created and produced by Chaundre “DreHall” Hall-Broomfield and poet, Dr. Yalie Saweda Kamara, working with Hughes high school students.

Michael Coppage at Weston Art Gallery

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Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery
650 Walnut St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 977-4165

Tue–Sat 10am–5:30pm, Sun Noon–5pm

Free to the Public

The Weston Art Gallery presents Michael Coppage: American+, an exhibition of new and ongoing lens-based projects exploring the negative archetypes and stark racial disparities still operating in the language and psychology of contemporary American culture. Through a series of provocative sound, video, and photography installations, Coppage’s participatory projects elicit questions and upend stereotypes by inverting historical scenarios and asking viewers to confront racist terminology.

As an extension of his exhibition at the Weston, Coppage will present Care Bear, an adaptation of his photographic, video, and podcast series BLACK BOX that addresses racial stereotypes. This new exterior iteration of the project will feature a monumental vinyl mural of a singular Black male (BLACK HEAD), selected from the original photographic series of 13 portraits featured in the exhibition. Inspired by the popular cartoon series of the mid-eighties, Care Bear will be installed on the north façade of the Aronoff Center adjacent to the Walnut St. entrance of the Weston Art Gallery. While the issues addressed in the mural are serious and intended to provoke discussion, Coppage imagines this version to be more playful and interactive by activating it with projection mapping during the BLINK Festival (Oct. 13–16). The hope is to provide elements of surprise, awe and wonder to reveal the power of the message in a more creative and energized way.

Liz Roberts: Post Blonde

VENUE DETAILS

This artwork is not within the BLINK® footprint and is available:

CampSITE Sculpture Park
2866 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225
(513) 813-8674

Everyday (Dusk-10pm)

Free to the Public

FotoFocus and Weston Art Gallery present Liz Roberts: Post Blonde at CampSITE Sculpture Park, as part of BLINK. This new site-specific commission presents an uninhabited drive-in tableau in which the automobile is parked and repeatedly disembodied to form a large movie screen made from salvaged windshields. While challenging typical road movie tropes, the installation simultaneously references the resurgence of drive-ins during the pandemic and the collective viewing experience of movie screenings.

The 4-channel video projections within the vehicle’s windows, along with the single-channel video on the screen, question the notion of an afterward and what it means to try and create a record through video documentation. The visuals are a montage of images captured by Roberts, coupled with archival film footage from the last 20 years. The dialogue of images speculate that we are on the precipice of something transformative. But what comes after—what is ‘post’ transformation? What is on the other side of the collapse of capitalism, cataclysmic climate change, institutionally perpetuated systems of exploitation, and how can this transformation be recorded?

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Sun Dogs

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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall
1241 Elm St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 381-3300

Five opportunities to see them this weekend FRI-SUN (OCT 14-16) at Music Hall.

Purchase $5 ticket

Inspired composer and filmmaker pairs create short-format films with new music performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with conductor and CSO Creative Partner, Matthias Pintscher. Produced in collaboration with Liquid Music as part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record, Sun Dogs seeks to understand the natural world that can’t be touched or measured. Typically a composer responds to a director’s ideas in a film scoring capacity, or a filmmaker is given music to respond to visually, but Sun Dogs explores how stories can be told with music and film from equal footing.