Galleria, Display Cases & South Atrium Exhibition
A festival of puppets, masks and performing objects January 27 – February 5, 2017
Living Things celebrates the ancient arts of storytelling with renowned performances from national and international performers, as well as roaming performances created by students in Creative Studies; shadow puppetry, object theatre and an unusual look at flip books combine with visual art experiments and pop-up electronic music and laser dance parties in the downtown streets to light up the city in the darkest days of the year. The first edition of Living Things – an annual winter festival of live performance – will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna between January 27 & February 5, 2017. Artwork by Byron Johnston and others will be installed throughout the RCA from the beginning of January; animated film nights start January 11.
Byron Johnston’s sculpture/installation art is based less on a sculptural product and more on the construction of an experiential space for social interaction. His work is meant to trigger the curiosity of others who are better equipped to link, define and redefine. The body of the audience investigates a social process and an experience with phenomenological space. This work connects directly to the core concern of the Living Things festival: how do we engage with objects, what do we do to them or with them, what stories do they want to tell and what do they want from us?
The closing night party for the festival will be held on Feb. 4th, following the Caws and Effect performance, and is $10 at the door or FREE with a Living Things performance ticket.