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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Contemporary Arts Center presents Off The Strip 2010

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is pleased to present “Off The Strip 2010” a three-day new-genres festival that offers an alternative to the highly formulated entertainment and spectacle of the Strip in a format that invites the community to experience contemporary art and dialogue with participating local and international artists about their work. Introducing www.offthestrip.org

The Contemporary Arts Center’s second annual “Off The Strip” is a three-day new genres festival featuring performance, video, and installation art that will take place in Downtown Las Vegas from October 14-16th, 2010. Artists from the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe have been selected to present challenging work addressing themes of consumption, visual spectacle, displays of sexuality, atomic testing, and Las Vegas as a global hub.

The Saturday panel of artists and scholars will address diverse cultural, social, and economic issues specific to Las Vegas and southern Nevada, including spectacle, consumerism and the state of our consumer society, the sex industry, representations of sexuality and the body, global tourism, as well as issues of sustainability and Nevada's role in the history of nuclear testing. The OTS10 selection committee has selected artists whose work was provocative, thoughtful, and would help local residents and tourists alike gain a new perspective on the locale. “’Off the Strip’ will engage the audience at many levels, and a constructive dialogue with the public is essential,” says panel moderator and event juror Kirsten Swenson, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art from UNLV.

September 30th-October 28th: Let’s Build A Nation (CAC The Nation) Building A Nation collective declares Contemporary Arts Center a sovereign nation from September 29th-Octobter 28th, 2010, establishing its national identity, national symbols and history. To foster CAC nation’s economy, the collective re-invents the gallery as hotel casino – its “theme” inspired by cultures of nations least visited by tourists. 107 E. Charleston, Suite 120 (in the Arts Factory), Las Vegas NV 89104

October 14th-November 3rd: Installation at the Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas NV, 89119

Open Field - Working out of the Sensorium Lab, Calgary-based artists Jean René Leblanc, Craig Fahner and Neal Moignard are a cross-disciplinary research group focusing on research that develops systems of interaction that encourage kinesthetic perception and interpretation. Their installation will generate audio and visuals based on analog phenomena related to the electromagnetic spectrum, body capacitance and the resonant properties of matter. Participants are invited to experience these phenomena by interacting with the space around the installation.

Also programmed, a video installation by Bay-area artist Heather Sparks and the distribution of a limited edition zine from Northern Nevada artist Laura Smith Fillmore.

October 14th-16th: 
The Beat Coffeehouse hosts Remote Viewing, a laptop based intervention from Australia for the duration of the OTS weekend and Montreal-based artist Douglas Moffat’s sound installation With Hidden Noise will be on view Saturday. 520 Fremont Street

October 14th: 
Opening reception at the Atomic Testing Museum. Opening night of live performances at the Thunderbird Lounge at the Aruba Hotel, 1215 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (performances by local theater group Test Market, Los Angeles artist Kristina Wong and TBD participation by Kirsten Swenson’s UNLV students)

October 15th: 
Multiple video-based events downtown. At Commercial Center, 900 E. Karen Avenue video installation by Joe Nanashe (Brookyln, NY) video installation 3xlady3x and a video screening event presenting work from around the US and Europe at the Sci fi Center Underground Screening Room. At 1217 S. Main a stunning 3D sound and projection installation titled Glitter Gultch by San Francisco artist Kerry Laitala Main Street is TBD--3D glasses provided!

Namaste Restaurant is partnering with the CAC and Yelp!, offering a Dinner and A Screening package for festival attendees.

A no-host after party at the Arts Factory Bar+Bistro where they will screen a late night movie on the patio, “The Night Stalker” (1972).

Saturday, October 16th: 
A day full of performances and interventions primarily in the downtown vicinity, including a wedding-as-performance at 10 a.m., a call for audience participation by political artist Diane Bush at the Arts Factory (107 E. Charleston), an afternoon panel discussion with artists and scholars at 3:30 p.m. at the Beat Coffeehouse in Emergency Arts (Fremont and Sixth) and a final evening of performances and closing soirée at the Downtown Cocktail Room (111 Las Vegas Blvd South) where LV-artist Danielle Kelly samples found google images while telling true stories that will make you laugh and cry.

Additional highlight. Brooklyn-based artist Zach Rockhill will be creating a video while demolishing a building in downtown Las Vegas. His stop-motion project will be included in the Friday evening screening. Mr. Rockhill is in town September 23-October 16th and is available for interviews at the site on Monday, October 11th. His recent video projects can be seen at http://ps1.org/studio-visit/artist/zach-rockhill

Please visit the OTS website for schedule of events, ticket information and more: offthestrip.org
Participating Artists:
Roger Beebe, Gainesville FL
Building A Nation, Las Vegas, New York, and Bogota, Columbia
Diane Bush, Las Vegas, NV
Patrick Cadenhead, Richmond, VA
Diane Dwyer, Brooklyn, NY
Laura Smith Fillmore, Gardnerville, NV
Liz Hickok, San Francisco, CA
Jeane Jo, New York City
Taylor McVay & Jordan Tynes, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA
Douglas Moffatt, Montreal, Quebec
Danielle Kelly, Las Vegas
Kerry Laitala, San Francisco
Magsamen & Hillerbrand, Houston
Nicola Morton, Australia
Joe Nanashe, Brooklyn
Laura Napier, Bronx, NY
Minou Norouzi, London, UK
Cindy Rehm & Launa Bacon, Los Angeles
Zach Rockhill, Brooklyn
Heather Sparks, San Francisco
Scott Stark, Austin, TX
Test Market, Las Vegas
The Bridge Club, Huntsville TX, Warren CT, Knoxville TN, Gunnison CO
The Sensorium Lab, Calgary, Alberta
Kristina Wong, Los Angeles

Event Sponsors:
The Arts Factory, Aruba Hotel and Spa, Atomic Testing Museum, Audio Visual One, Bar + Bistro @ The Arts Factory, The Beat Coffeehouse and Records, Cirque Du Soleil, Downtown Cocktail Room, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities, Sci Fi Center, UNLV, Yelp!, Oakbrook Realty, Don’t Tell Mama, Todd Alios Von Bastiaans, McMenemy Investment Services

This program has been funded in part by grants from Cirque Du Soleil: Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; the National Endowment For The Arts, a national agency and the Nevada Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 art organization dedicated to presenting new, high quality, visual, and performing art, while striving to build, educate, and sustain audiences for contemporary art. The CAC strives to provide a place where artists can learn about best practices, test new ideas in the public arena, and connect with fellow artists within and beyond our own community.

The Contemporary Arts Center was voted winner “Best of Las Vegas 2010” Art Gallery, by the staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Contemporary Arts Center recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and is a recipient of the 30th annual Governor's Arts Award for Leadership in Organizations. The Nevada Arts Council and the Governor's Office presented these honors in March 2010 for outstanding and enduring contributions to Nevada through artistic achievement and service to the arts. 

Gallery Hours and Admission: Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm and by appointment. First Friday of each month 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Admission is free and donations to the Contemporary Arts Center are accepted.

General Information: The Contemporary Arts Center is located in The Arts Factory at 107 East Charleston Boulevard, Suite 120. For information on the CAC and it’s programming, please visit the website www.lasvegascac.org or contact via telephone at 702-382-3886 or via e-mail at info@lasvegascac.org

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