Project Description

Project Participants
Ruben L. F. Habito
Professor of World Religions and Spirituality
 Director of Spiritual Formation
SMU Perkins School of Theology
ATEC LightSquad
Andrew F. Scott, Artistic Director 
Matthew Unkenholz, Technical Director 
Aaron Johansen, Lighting Design 
Roxanne Minnish, Music Composer Sound Design   
Koby Wheeler (student): Principal Video Editor 
Video Contributions: 
Liz Trosper (faculty) 
Athena Shen (student) 
Omar Davila (alumni) 
Pablo Reyes (alumni) 
Maedeh Asgharpour (graduate student) 
Technical Assistance: 
Evan Acuna (student) 
Vic Simon (Alumni)

AGAPE Meditation

Andrew F. Scott and the UTD ATEC LightSquad with Professor Ruben Habito
November 20 – December 13, 2020, 
Remember, Breathe, Dream: A Contemplative Visual Arts Journey
Latino Cultural Center
Curatorial Statement
“At this moment of national instability, ‘Remember. Breathe. Dream.’ invites us to ground in our shared humanity as a possibility for creating another future. This exhibition is curated to provoke us to remember where we have come from, breathe in the present moment and dream out our future.” 
David Lozano, Cara Mia’s Executive Artistic Director.
Artist Statement
“This project presented an opportunity for the LightSquad, to create a work that anchors the contemplative visual arts journey, Remember, Breathe, Dream at the Latino Cultural Center. In this work, we created a visual response to Ruben Habito’s “What Faith Looks Like”. In this conversation, Ruben uses words and images to create a meditation for a time of pandemic focused on Uncertainty, Isolation, Pain, and Suffering. Using visual projections, we incorporate, amplify, and expand the critical messages conveyed in a salutation of imagery. Together the composition creates an Agape Meditation to addresses the honest truths of this time while expressing hope and achieving inner peace.
“The LightSquad is committed to creating visual experiences that are both technically compelling and socially relevant. A variety of techniques and processes were employed to develop this work. Projection mapping, sound, and lighting are the primary techniques used to convey the immersive experience in the Cara Mía Theatre. The visual images incorporate 3d computer modeling, animation, digital imaging techniques, and video editing. The audio is anchored by an original music composition devoid of time signature by Professor Roxanne Minnish. The principal video segment was edited by student Koby Wheeler. Matt Unkenholz created the control system for the random program. Various LightSquad members provided video segments and additional photography.
In this work, we inverted the traditional form of theatre. The performance is presented on the back wall of the theatre. Audience members enter the theatre and take the stage to experience the contemplative journey. They view the work over empty seats that amplify the absence of this communal activity during this time. 
The LightSquad is a collaborative group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the University of Texas at Dallas School of Art, Technology, and Emerging Communications (ATEC). Led by Professor Andrew F. Scott, the group centers ATEC’s core value of “Intentional Future Making” on this project. This collaborative project organized during the pandemic through weekly meetings and studio sessions held over MS Teams, Zoom, and Discord. DropBox and Box were used to share and store files with members all across the state of Texas. During this time of the pandemic, we are determined to show that art and technology, combined with traditional studio practices, is a tool of social and cultural transformation.” ~Andrew F. Scott
Ruben Habito Statement
 “‘Be still, and know….’ (Ps. 46:10). In other words, ‘Every so often during the day, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath, look around, look within yourself, and enjoy!’ You may notice some things of beauty that you would tend to miss in your hectic pace of life. Don’t rush through things, but take time to stop and smell the flowers all around you. If more of us learned to live like this, what a different world this would be.” 

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