MOHAI's New Festival of Light Elevates the Laser Show

Web of light Istanbul-based art and technology collective Ouchhh, whose work is pictured here, will show a new projection at the Borealis Festival of Light

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It’s been easy to simplistically view high tech and art as antagonists—especially during Seattle’s current housing affordability crisis—but the Borealis Festival of Light, an international light art competition stopping in Seattle for the first time, will be a splashy public example of the power of collaboration between the two worlds.

Serving as its centerpiece, panoramic two- and three-dimensional video mapping projections created by teams of artists from around the world will turn the Museum of History & Industry building into a grand canvas, with spectacles projected onto and specifically designed for MOHAI’s facade.

More installations and projections—by local and regional artists such as Jeff Mihalyo, Nicole Kistler, Graypants design studio and 19 others—will illuminate South Lake Union, and live music, food trucks, and beer and wine gardens will make it a four-night party. 

10/11–14. Times vary. Free. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), South Lake Union, 860 Terry Ave. N; 206.324.1126

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