I (heart) interactive art. The kind of art that can sense your proximity and shifts or shivers in response to it. Art that reveals itself at times and in ways you least expect. Art that beckons from a street corner. Art that makes you step back and check out its bad self, mmhmm. Portland, OR-based artists Ariel Brice and Jeannine Shinoda create art that demands a double take, and they are heading up I-5 North to prove it. Their mission: “We believe that the opportunity provided by Artscapes and Spaceworks Tacoma will enable us to create a contextual installation on a site rich with potential….Using Tacoma and the Northwest as inspiration for our urban intervention will engage us as artists and the Tacoma public as viewers to our artistic visions.”
When we recently checked in, Shinoda would elaborate on their upcoming installation at 950 Pacific Avenue – but not too much. The artists are considering an interactive work that employs either, 1) peepholes – window portals at multiple heights that toy with people’s perceptions, and expectations of, what they will see inside, or 2) motion sensors – motion-activated lighting that creates “an interactive dialogue with the motion of the street.”
Ari Brice received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art; he is a curator, and an artist “whose sculptural installations [deal] with perceptions and controlled viewing.” Shinoda is a visual artist with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Together, they have collaborated in two artist residencies over the past year in the Netherlands and in China. You can engage with their work from July 15 to October 31 in the big windows at 950 Pacific Avenue: “For Artscapes, we visualize a kinetic and interactive experience to enliven the Tacoma streetscape.” For more information: www.aribrice.com.