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Digital Media Video Art Installations Premiere in International District and Downtown

City activates video screens with digital art series on September 9.
September 01, 2023

The Albuquerque Public Art Program will premiere the first site-specific, digital art videos in the Public Art Program’s collection: Aether Net, Diffuse Nebula, and Countdown by artist Dennis Summers on Saturday, September 9, beginning at the International District Library at 5 p.m. and on downtown’s Civic Plaza at 7:15 p.m., before Movie on the Plaza. 

Summers has exhibited artwork in a wide range of genres and media internationally for more than 35 years. For about half that time, he created multi-media installations, and then moved into digital media. In 1995, he instituted the digital animation program for The College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich.

“Dennis’s video series is reminiscent of some of the earliest types of video art produced in the 1960s and 1970s using the most up to date technology,” said Sherri Brueggemann, division manager of the Public Art Urban Enhancement Division. “This is the first step into digital media art and supporting artists interested in proposing digital media art projects for these sites.”

Aether Net, Diffuse Nebula, and Countdown, commissioned by the Albuquerque Arts Board, feature computer generated abstract color videos with varying shapes, arrangements of shapes, color patterns, and level of complexity that create an absorbing meditative experience for viewers.

Aether Net is an 18-minute-long video screening at the International District Library at 5 p.m. on September 9 on a seamless loop. Countdown is a 30-second-long video that plays on the hour, 24 times, on the exterior screen of the Albuquerque Convention Center. Diffuse Nebula is an 18-minute-long video premiering on the exterior screen on Civic Plaza at 7:15 p.m. on September 9 before Movie on the Plaza at 8 p.m. The technical specifications for each of these display sites may be used for future calls for digital media art for these sites.

Learn more about Dennis Summers and the three video art installations here.