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DAC's Tibor exhibit to include 'augmented reality'

Dublin Arts Council among nine groups to receive grants

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A $25,000 grant will help bring the work and words of an Upper Arlington artist to Dublin.

The Dublin Arts Council was one of nine central Ohio organizations to receive a piece of $250,000 given out in the 2014 PNC Arts Alive grant process.

Snagging the grant for the first time, the DAC, along with Carpe Diem String Quartet, Central Ohio Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, King Arts Complex, Opera Columbus, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Shadowbox Live and the Westerville Symphony, received grants that work to expand the impact of art.

"We're in great company," DAC Executive Director David Guion said of the winners. "It's a serious list."

With its $25,000 grant, the DAC plans to bring in an exhibition by Holocaust survivor Alfred Tibor -- with a twist.

The idea came about when DAC staff members visited 94-year-old Tibor to see his art.

"He just has an amazing story and we wanted to capture that, not just from an arts perspective but a human interest perspective," Guion said.

"We saw some smaller pieces and sculptures and he had stories to tell about the sculptures that were really moving, so in those conversations, we decided to show his work at the gallery and also create some opportunities to augment the pieces.

"We will have some technology and basically, as you move a device by the sculpture, Alfred will come up and talk about the piece," Guion said. "It is a way to have each of the visitors be able to hear Alfred, in his own voice, talk about the works."

Through "augmented reality" that will work similarly to a hologram, Guion is hoping to bring a new experience to Tibor's exhibit, "Hatred Doesn't Work."

"The idea of a participatory experience is a trend now in museums and galleries," Guion said. "To have participatory engagement with visual arts is not just static, but some sort of interaction.

"We got that idea from Americans for the Arts, which is sort of a best practices organization. ... What we try to do is keep up with current research and what's happening throughout the U.S. and try to bring it to Dublin."

The DAC will display the Tibor exhibit next year.

"It will be a 10-month process," Guion said. "We'll begin in January 2015 with a preview of his work. Then we'll have students create posters around the exhibition. ... It'll all build to a fall exhibition which will have augmented reality."

The exhibition is not just built around new technology.

The idea of social awareness was started at the DAC by the Shifting Perspectives project, which shows the everyday lives of people with Down syndrome.

"We want to use art as a vehicle for social change and social awareness," Guion said.

Arts Alive grants to other central Ohio organizations will fund projects such as free, after-work "happy hour" concerts by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and opera flash mobs by Opera Columbus.

The Westerville Symphony snagged a $20,000 grant for "Gavin George -- Live on Your Screen," a concert featuring the Newark piano prodigy that will be streamed live online.

Since its launch in 2010, the PNC Arts Alive grant program has given $1.75 million to central Ohio groups, according to a news release from the PNC Foundation.

 


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