Summer Meltdown is honored to welcome the following artists and their installations to our 2019 event!

The Late Night Tent

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For this team of engineers and artists it’s all about investigating the possibility of what a stage design can be. As we step into the future it’s important to look in every direction and that is exactly what this year’s lighting design is all about: full immersion. Gone are the days where you look at the 4th wall between artist and audience. As one steps inside the LNT these lights envelop you and usher in a feeling of unity and inclusivity as potent color and well timed beams blend the world of performer and people into a cohesive mix of one truly amazing all night dance party.

About the artist
Sensebellum is a Bellingham born creative company that specializes in blending the senses through art and technology so as to bring people together and stir the mind. What started as a few lights has evolved into a nexus of next level artistic and thought provoking experiences that challenge our perceptions of the world around us and hint at new ways of engaging with it on the other side. You may have seen Sensebellum’s work with large scale projection mapping at the Capitol Hill Block Party this summer, via super dialed permanent light art installations all over the West Coast, and of course working the stage at Bellingham's Wild Buffalo every chance they get. Make sure to check out their latest iteration of the Late Night Tent and The Sensatorium right next door this year all here at Summer Meltdown!

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The Sensatorium

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The Sensatorium is the physical manifestation of Sensebellum. A fruiting body of the ideas that circulate around the creative studio of Sensebellum. Art shouldn’t just hang on a wall. Technology shouldn’t just be numbers. People should be able to experience a taste of the fruits of our modernity in a well curated artistic space and this is exactly that. A place where new ideas are presented in open-ended interactive form. A place to meet up with your friends. A place to jam out on the piano, check out hidden life underneath the microscope, create new worlds in tangible digital lands, or just relax and take it all in. This is just a tip of the iceberg and like all good things it will melt just the same so please step inside and enjoy the ride with us!

About the artist
Sensebellum is a Bellingham born creative company that specializes in blending the senses through art and technology so as to bring people together and stir the mind. What started as a few lights has evolved into a nexus of next level artistic and thought provoking experiences that challenge our perceptions of the world around us and hint at new ways of engaging with it on the other side. You may have seen Sensebellum’s work with large scale projection mapping at the Capitol Hill Block Party this summer, via super dialed permanent light art installations all over the West Coast, and of course working the stage at Bellingham's Wild Buffalo every chance they get. Make sure to check out their latest iteration of the Late Night Tent and The Sensatorium right next door this year all here at Summer Meltdown!

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The Astral Cockpit

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A primary mission control panel allows explorers to pilot the intergalactic experience that is made up of a planetary set of orbs and constellations all surrounding a 24” dome of complex energy. You will find yourself exploring different constellations while trying to figure out how mission control changes the galaxy in front of you. The dome is made up of 75 panels that are programmed to display intricate patterns that are dictated by the pilot of the system. Sitting atop a wooden pedestal adorned with constellations and astrological signs visible in the night sky during the Summer Meltdown Festival, the dome function as the centerpiece to this installation. All 3d printed objects are made of compostable PLA plastic while many other materials have been repurposed to diminish waste.

About the artist
Morgan Ferry & Brian Lidstrom are software engineers. Ted Wirsching is a manufacturing engineer. Eric Schulze is an artist and chef. Together we bring creativity in art and science. We have been attending Summer Meltdown for close to ten years and were inspired by the festival to make this project specifically to invite exploration and have fun. Interests: Fun, Music, Electronics, industrial design, metal work, plastics engineering and software engineering. For years we have wanted to contribute something to the festival that has given so much to us and are very excited for the opportunity to give something in return.

Axis Mundi

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Axis Mundi is a geometric shrine in the form of a 6-sided gazebo, made entirely of LED lit, laser cut panels on the exterior, showcasing a forever random algorithm, breathing through different colors and patterns like digital stained glass. Our software features a forever random algorithm that features more possible color and pattern combinations than atoms in the universe. On the inside of the gazebo is a 3ft tall kaleidoscope featuring a globe of mirrored video playing custom designed footage of nature, space and microscopic growth. Paying homage to the space between micro and macro, Axis Mundi envisions the boundaries of our own microcosm of existence while exploring the possibilities of the undiscovered.

About the artist
Thirty Circles is a design collaborative in Portland, Or. We specialize in creating immersive laser cut art installations, storytelling through branding, & human centered design. We're passionate about work that affects people's perspective.

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Psychedahlia Garden

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Have you ever wanted to be the size of a bug and walk among some giant flowers? Well now you can! Psychedahlia Garden is comprised of a metal hexagon-shaped fence with six giant flowers at each corner that stand almost 12’ tall. Made of shiny, textured fabric and colorful faux fur, these Jurassic-sized flowers have a vibration-activated spinning light in their center that cascades beams of colorful light all over the surrounding area. They shut off after a short time and await someone to come by and gently tap the bright green leaves or stem to start the visual display of illumination. Another gentle tap will change the light pattern. As you walk through the sunburst archway you'll see that the inside of the garden is lined with benches creating a most wonderful chill space. Many good times have been had in the middle of the garden. And in the very center sits a patch of giant interactive mushrooms for your viewing pleasure. All in all, the Psychedahlia Garden is super colorful by day, awesomely illuminated by night, and highly interactive all the while creating a super-chill chill space for all to enjoy.

About the artist
Tyler FuQua Creations is a group of skilled and creative people based out of Eagle Creek, Oregon. Though known best for their series of giant robots, they create all sorts of interactive art for people of all ages. Having had art displayed in the Smithsonian as well as internationally, Tyler and crew are always looking for new projects that are challenging and inspirational.

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Danny Stephens Art

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My installation is simple in nature, in that it is me live painting throughout the festival, with a 10 x 10 pop-up canopy tent where I have walled originals, prints, as well as space to provide for other painters to display their work.

About the artist

I left Mississippi in 2010 to persue adventure which led to a degree in art from the University of Utah in 2015 after traveling around the west. My initial interests were in impressionism but through my own spiritual and intellectual development discovered visionary art. This led to a life in Portland, Oregon with my wife and child where I focus on mostly painting, both in the studio and live at shows. My aim is to evoke curiosity, both in what we have put theories to as well as what we can’t yet formulate into language.

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Dream Net

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The Dream Nets are site-specific, tensile tree-platforms. Each one is woven on site, and in place. -A safe and tactile play-space and inspired tree fort, for children and adults. They are the combined inspiration of: dream catchers, macramé, hammocks, crochet, and spider-webs. -But on a much larger scale.

About the artist
Sarah Jay has been building and developing the Dream Nets since 2000 and has built more than 65 nets across the PNW and United States. Recently the Dream Nets were highlighted on multiple episodes of Treehouse Masters.

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Frick Frack Blackjack

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Frick Frack Blackjack is a no money gambling game, interactive art installation, and comedy show all rolled into one. The gameplay is simple in that it mirrors standard casino blackjack. The obvious difference is that there is absolutely NO money involved. “Come back anytime, your money’s never good here!” is a popular saying with us. A majority of the bets are for trinkets and treasures, but for those without anything physical to bet we have a “dare wheel” that is used in order to win a small prize. That participant may end up throwing their shoes away or serenading a stranger which creates a show for the crowd. Since trades are continually made during the event, participants frequently return to see “what’s new” and often bring us the oddest of oddities.

We run the installation out of our “Blackjack Wagon,” which is modeled off of an old gypsy wagon. The side opens up and the table sits in front under an awning. The set up is built off a trailer and is very sturdy and self contained with a minimal set up time. All of our performers act as a mix between snake oil salesman and carnival huckster and we work extremely hard to create a unique experience for all that play the game. It is interesting what happens when you divorce money from gambling; the game becomes a discussion of value and a kind of festival antiques roadshow that is a completely new experience every hand that is played.

About the artist

Looking for a game? I bet you won't find one quite like this. Step right up and place a bet, but there's one catch: there's no money allowed. So what do you have? What's in your pockets? The game's Frick Frack Blackjack and it's a No Cash No Limit barter blackjack game. I'll be your dealer. My name's Marvelous Marvin and I'm a trader of sorts. Some have called me a hustler and a gambler, but I don't want your money, I'm after your shoelaces. Think you can beat me at my own game? Step right up and let's play.

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Gaia Yogis

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Live plant/crystal/branch sculptures. Hello! Ive been putting together a branch yogi figure series, I took part of the installation last year, his year I was hoping to bring a few different figures already built that are part of the series as well as musical instruments! made out of the same medium, they're, 8-15 ft tall, I have a dancer, a meditator and some drums and a guitar currently that I would love to bring and place through out the event! I hope to be able to light them up at night, and would need maybe 10ft diameter spaces for them.

About the artist

Seattle based artist, photographer, yogi. Creating a branch sculpture series to bring conscious awareness between our symbiotic relationship with nature through yoga.

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Flamgu

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With Flamgu's art corner, I will create a space that invites attendees to connect with themselves and one another through creativity, imagination, and deep conversations. My 10x10ft space will encompass an interactive canvas for anyone to participate on, walls displaying art, as well as an invitational space where I will be live painting. Along with chairs and rugs, the space will be adorned and decorated to create the ultimate chill spot. If people are looking to get away from the crowd, my art lounge will be a safe haven during the late hours, so people can be intimate and creative with their hearts and minds. I imagine the interactive mural to be a signature for Summer Meltdown 2019, large enough to create a photo for attendees.

About the artist

As a native Tennessean, surrounded by forests and lakes, Flamgu’s love of nature was inevitable. Her work presents themes of unconditional love, gratitude for all that is, interconnectedness, and the power of imagination. Artistically, she has been most influenced by Roberto Matta’s Inscapes, which are manifestations of the artist’s interior world. Flamgu received her B.A. from the University of Tennessee in printmaking and entrepreneurship, and is now traveling, sharing her vision. It is her ambition to create a world that mirrors her utopias; a place where imagination reigns supreme and love is infinite.

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Lost Sound Wave 4

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The installation is a suspended sculpture consisting of over 100 records filling space in a semi-abstract way. I have created 3 temporary suspended record sculptures this year, reusing all of the pieces for each iteration. The last iteration added some laserdiscs into the mix because they have some cool reflective properties. I have an inclination to create a laserdisc infinity reflection elements to this particular installation I have been painting on records for years and have done small sculptures but this larger scale practice is new territory for me.

There are references to to sound waves, lost recordings, obsolete media, music collector culture, broken records, and open to additional interpretation by viewers.

About the artist

This space traveling time pirate enjoys spinning you through a time tangent to distill memories for your taking. Paul has a tumultuous relationship with vinyl records and enthusiastically acts as a selecta destroya. His spatial compositions are gestures inspired by the sound waves trapped on media of all sorts. The lifetime PNW resident is serving up visual cocktails for your retinal refreshment rendezvous with radical round recycled resources.

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Trevor Capps

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Will be an extension of the silent disco. 3 8ft x 4ft concave canvases made out wood. Each one will be live painted on by 3 visual artist (including my self) throughout the duration of the event.

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Trevor Capps is an artist best known for creating diverse transitions of depth through the separation of negative space and intersecting line work. My inspiration is derived from his love of nature, interest in the subconscious mind, and curiosity into the inner workings of our universe. You’ll find that through this, my art implies energy in motion while entrancing the eye through multidimensional detail.

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Interdimensional Peephole

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Have you ever wondered: What would another dimension look like? Is there life beyond our own in this vast Omniverse? What is the meaning of life? What is this thing? The IDP is a large interactive teleidoscope, which turns anything you point it at into a delightful kaleidoscopic mess - people, nature, your friends, flow artists - no two views are alike! Interactive components create a shared experience between attendees. Come in close and take a look through the Interdimensional Peephole, we just can’t promise you’ll come back out the same.
About the artist

Kristin is a multidisciplinary creative from Bellingham, specializing in the artistic use of light-based technologies to dazzle the senses, arouse curiosity, and inspire childlike wonder. She focuses on blending analog light show techniques with modern digital technologies to create new interactive based experiences.

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