Project Description

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

AGAPE Meditation

 “‘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.”  – Ruben Habito

 Artist Statement

The Remember. Breathe. Dream.: A Contemplative Visual Arts Journey project presented an opportunity for the ATEC LightSquad, to create a work that anchors the contemplative visual arts journey. 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 address the honest truths of current times 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. 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 Cara Mia 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.

About the ATEC LightSquad – The LightSquad is a collaborative group of ATEC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Led by Professor Andrew F. Scott, the group centers the School’s core value of “Intentional Future Making” on this project. This collaborative was 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 across the state of Texas. In spite of the pandemic, we are determined to show that art and technology, combined with traditional studio practices, are tools of social and cultural transformation. – Andrew F. Scott, Associate Professor, ATEC

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, Executive Director Cara Mia Theatre

This work showed at the Cara Mia Theatre November 20-December 13, 2020.

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