PROject proJECT took place twice downtown Roanoke. The first time it involved about 12 artists and the second time probably twice that. Essentially, they were two nights of projected and lighted art gathered around several city blocks downtown.
Here's my initial inspiration:
My brother and I always saw the Asteroids video game in Dorothy Gillespie’s mural on 2nd street in Roanoke. We’d discuss ways to attach the little asteroid ship in the middle of the mural with a few shots coming out of its gun. Another local artist told me that it sounded like I wanted to “deface public art”. I’d never thought of it that way but eventually the idea of projecting onto the mural sounded more appealing, and possibly easier, than gluing a giant Asteroids ship to a mural in the middle of the night. So, I started to shop the idea around a bit with Tiffany from the Unicorn Stables and Simon from Community High School. Eventually, we got a solid team of around a dozen artists together to work on what we decided to call PROject proJECT. On July 22nd we plan on an evening of interactive projections, video game projections, old films, projections onto smoke, light suits and more. The event will be held along Kirk Avenue, starting at the Shadowbox and then running through several alleys and ending in front of Dorothy Gillespie’s mural on 2nd street.
Ralph Eaton, one of the original organizers, has a lot of documentation on his website.