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APR 14-16 & 21-23

2022 Art

Newly-commissioned, immersive art and design installations and returning favorites that will make the Polo Field come alive.

We are excited to announce the 2022 program of international and local multidisciplinary designers and visual artists: Architensions (Alessandro Orsini and Nick Roseboro), Cristopher Cichocki, Kiki Van Eijk, Estudio Normal, Oana Stanescu, and Los Dos. Check out details below.


Architensions

In a colorful gesture to bring urbanity to the desert, Architensions, the architectural design and research studio of Alessandro Orsini and Nick Roseboro, presents a fragment of a city — a vertical response to the single-story suburban sprawl in the Coachella Valley. Drawn from research into the history of leisure and focused on human interaction with architecture, the module grid framework encompasses five towers, each ranging from 42 to 60 feet in height and a few linked by skybridges. Each tower features a variety of geometric forms, some with cyan, magenta and yellow dichroic film that bathes the surrounding area in colors as the sun shines through them, and others mirrored to encourage people to interact with them. At night, the mirrors amplify the lighting, performances, and the activity around the structure. The design also contains cultural references, such as arches suggestive of Roman architecture. Italianate also is the centerpiece — the piazza — a 174-by-104-foot public square at the intersection of the towers where people can rest on benches that flank its elevated platform. It’s a place for people to assert their own narrative — otherwise known as the fifth dimension of architecture: the experience. 

Architensions

Balloon Chain

Robert Bose and his team have become a staple at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival with Balloon Chain. The simple beauty stretches hundreds of feet into the sky creating elegant, colorful lines adding an epic dimension to our collective experience. Want to feel the pull of the wind?…all you have to do is ask!

Balloon Chain

Cristopher Cichocki

The five-story-tall Circular Dimensions (Microscape), constructed with more than 25,000 feet of PVC tubes, presents a visual spectacle peering into the artist’s ongoing exploration of water and the history of the desert. The bandshell-shaped pavilion contains a laboratory where scientists and artists generate experimental “video paintings” by manipulating water, salt, barnacles, and algae from the Salton Sea under microscopes and projecting the activity in real time inside the pavilion’s “nucleus.” Meanwhile, a soundscape of field recordings and industrial rhythms resonates through the structure’s circular tunnels, elevating in intensity from day to night. Cichocki, based in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, creates “new earth art” interventions as well as video and installation works informed by his deep roots as a biomorphic painter. Microscape gives mammoth new context to his familiar materials, including reclaimed irrigation tubing and a “mutant” cast resin aloe vera — “a surviving seed” from the desert’s ancient sea. When the sun goes down, the magnitude of the pavilion amps up with the artist’s ever-evolving audiovisual performance Circular Dimensions.

Cristopher Cichocki

Do LaB

Do LaB, the Los Angeles-based creative team known for transforming venues into visually spectacular and interactive experiences, returns to the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival with fresh and imaginative stage designs. Their work encourages authentic human connection, art as transformative experience, and environmental sustainability that inspires to create a more peaceful culture.

The DoLaB

Don Kennell

From the deserts of New Mexico, Don returns with another mega-sculpture to watch over the Coachella camping day and night.

Don Kennell

Estudio Normal

Remember the scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind when people looked up and marveled at the spaceship as it landed and music was the common language of communication? The Buenos Aires, Argentina–based architect and designer offers a similar experience with his “cocoon,” a five-story sculpture constructed with 400 reproductions of the iconic BKF, or “butterfly,” chair. Three architects — Bonet, Kurchan and Ferrari — designed the original chair in Buenos Aires in 1938 but produced only three units before another company bought the rights to mass-produce them. Huberman has reclaimed the narrative, naming his work BKF+H 400 and using the reproductions as if they were bricks in a building to form a cocoon structure. The stunning architecture, which includes a silky “skin” made of window shade-type material, offers shade during the day and illumination at night. Huberman, known for transforming everyday objects such as clothespins into site-specific public art, combines his experimental design practice Estudio Normal with his work as director of Galería Monoambiente, the first space in Buenos Aires dedicated to experimental architecture and design.

Estudio Normal

Kiki Van Eijk

Three massive buoys, each about four stories tall and angled as if they’re floating in a sea of grass, create a surreal and happy space where everybody belongs regardless of their differences. The Eindhoven, Netherlands–based designer created Buoyed with great optimism for the future. Each of the buoys includes cultural references emphasizing the goodness of diversity and inclusiveness. “It’s about the journey we’re making together in life and at Coachella,” she explains. “When you’re at a festival for a few days, you’re in a bubble, making a journey. Everybody becomes one.” The off-white buoy is the most elegant with its slim neck and 15-foot diameter base. Butterfly wings spread from its shiny steeple and illuminate at night. The blue buoy combines an igloo form with a patchwork dome atop a Dutch-style windmill, and its 18-foot diameter base offers a walk-through passage. The green buoy is the largest, with a 24-foot diameter base whose soft stucco rim allows for comfortable seating. Its cage-like body climbs to a dramatic union dome topped with a plume of palm leaves. Together, the buoys create a fantastical space to meet, interact, and bond. At night, LED lights activate their silhouettes, while the daytime offers a softer experience, like a calm sea. Van Eijk is one of the most accomplished names in Dutch design. She works in a whimsical but rigorous fashion with ceramics, textiles, metal, wood and glass, as well as furniture and lighting design.

Kiki Van Eijk

Los Dos

La Guardiana towers over the festival grounds wearing an enredo (skirt), a rebozo (shawl) to carry her child, a mask to conceal her identity, and horns to represent strength. She is the guardian of the immigrants from Mexico, Central America, and around the globe. The iconography on her enredo includes people walking and traveling by train and boat toward the border wall — an appeal for an understanding of the reasons that people make the dangerous journey to strange lands. The figure was created by El Paso, Texas-based artists Ramon and Christian Cardenas, aka, Los Dos. The husband-and-wife duo is known for creating murals, screenprints, street poster installations, and even a large-scale inflatable sculpture, drawing their characters and ideas from everyday life in El Paso and Juarez, Mexico.

Los Dos

NEWSUBSTANCE

NEWSUBSTANCE are creative disruptors who have been realizing brave and ambitious projects around the world for more than 15 years. The collective’s breadth of work includes the design and automation of a scenic meadow for the European Games in Azerbaijan, scenic automation for Disney’s Broadway production of Frozen, the design and U.S./U.K. tour of The Strongman with Mumford & Sons. Their Coachella installation, Spectra, won the 2018 Best of Design Award in the Lighting–Outdoor category at the Architects Newspaper Awards and a gold prize at the International Design Awards.

NEWSUBSTANCE

Oana Stănescu

We can learn a lot from dogs: joy, lust for life, loyalty, unconditional affection and an endless capacity for interspecies love. The New York–based Romanian architect makes the point with a pack of massive canine sculptures, each in a typical position, creating a dialog and inviting interaction. You can touch the nose of the stretching (downward) dog, walk under the pointer, and rest on the paws of the sitting dog. The striking silhouettes, built with steel frames and filled with a variety of plants to underscore the power of nature, reduce the dogs to their minimal forms, allowing their expressions to speak through their contours and gestures. You begin to wonder what they’re what they’re thinking. The plants add shagginess to the sculptures while creating a place for gathering. Almost the entire installation is reusable and recyclable. Stănescu, who’s known for creating architectural wonderlands incorporating elements of nature, has collaborated with Virgil Abloh, Kanye West, and the New Museum in New York. She teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and says her dog gives her every reason to come home every day. 

Oana Stănescu

Raices Cultura

After school artists from the City of Coachella make their annual mark on the Campground.

Raices Cultura