Artist Talks

Talks are planned for this year’s event that include sessions from nine of the 10 artists behind the featured installations.

This is your chance to meet Canal Convergence artists during these engaging, hourlong talks about their installations. In addition to an artist talk, Choi+Shine Architects will also host An Evening with Choi+Shine at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Also included on Tuesday, Nov. 13, is a special Arizona Talks panel focusing on the subject of public art. Locations vary; admission is free.

Olivier Girouard (Loop)

Olivier Girouard, co-creator of Loop, will present video excerpts and the design process behind the installation’s creation. Girouard is the artistic director of Montreal-based Ekumen. He is a producer and promoter of audio works who strives to reinvent our relationship with hearing by working with artists in dance and visual arts. Ekumen is a production company based in Montreal with a primary focus on sound and media art. For the past decade, the organization has put sound in perspective in diverse contexts, from public installations to concerts and other live performances.

Greey Pickett, Friday, Nov. 9, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

An Evening with Choi+Shine (ARIZONA!)

Join Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa and the artists from Choi+Shine Architects for an exclusive visit to the Scottsdale Waterfront to see their largest installation to date, ARIZONA! The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, where guests will meet artists Thomas Shine and Jin Choi as they are transported to Canal Convergence via the Andaz shuttle. Once there, guests will listen to Shine and Choi speak about their artwork, from design and fabrication to final installation. Guests will then return to the Andaz at 7 p.m. to enjoy a special reception with Choi+Shine and a selection of delicious foods from the Weft + Warp Kitchen and a cash bar. Space is limited.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Friday, Nov. 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. RSVP required.

Peter Koros and Réka Magyar (Floret)

The creative team from Koros Design will speak about their design process, working methods, and inspiration, as well as touching on how an idea becomes reality. They will also address the materials used in Floret and the connection between lightweight textiles and the wind. Peter Koros founded studio Koros Design and has created several inflatable artworks for theater production, music festivals and light festivals, including the Amsterdam Light Festival, Poznań Climate Change Conference in Poland, Solana Light Festival in Beijing, and numerous events in his native Hungary. Réka Magyar is the assistant designer for Koros Design. She previously worked as a costume and puppet designer in the theater and film industry, including work in the costume department for the Netflix original series The Crown.

Canal Convergence Storefront, Friday, Nov. 9, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

Toby Atticus Fraley (Luminous Cactus)

Toby Atticus Fraley is a fulltime artist from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, where he maintains a studio. His work consists mostly of public art installations, mixed media sculpture (made from recycled vintage materials), ceramic sculpture and Americana-themed oil paintings. Fraley’s popular Robot Repair installation at Pittsburgh International Airport was featured in the 2016 Americans for The Arts Public Art Network Year in Review.

Canal Convergence Storefront, Saturday, Nov. 10, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Jin Choi and Thomas Shine (ARIZONA!)

Jin Choi and Thomas Shine of Choi+Shine Architects are the visionaries behind ARIZONA!, a hand-crocheted lace ribbon measuring 8 feet wide and more than 600 feet long. It is designed to elegantly meander over and around the Arizona Canal during Canal Convergence and remain installed until spring 2019. The long and winding slot canyons of northern Arizona inspired this piece, and more than 100 experienced crochet volunteers from Arizona and beyond contributed to the installation. Choi+Shine Architects is an internationally awarded design studio. Their works have appeared in museums, galleries and light festivals worldwide, including i Light Marina Bay in Singapore and the Islamic Arts Festival in Sarjah, United Arab Emirates. Jin Choi and Thomas Shine both have master’s degrees in architecture from Yale University.

Canal Convergence Storefront, Saturday, Nov. 10, 6 – 7 p.m.

Ricardo Rivera (Infinity Crystal)

Klip Collective creates light and sound experiences under the creative direction of visual artist, Ricardo Rivera. A self-taught filmmaker and a pioneer of video projection mapping, Rivera has earned a United States patent for his technological breakthroughs in the medium. Since starting Klip Collective in 2003, his work has been featured multiple times at the Sundance Film Festival. He also directed Electric Desert: A Light and Sound Experience, which opened in October 2018 at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

Canal Convergence Storefront, Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 – 8 p.m.

Skunk Control (Light Flutter)

Operating out of Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, Skunk Control creates visual installations and environments designed to engage audiences in feelings associated with the act of discovery. Their work features mechatronics, electronics, and alternative technologies to achieve engaging environments, communicate ideas, and explore themes and narratives.

Canal Convergence Storefront, Sunday, Nov. 11 6 – 7 p.m.

Arizona Talks Public Art Panel

This unique evening experience is designed as a social/educational program, including personal stories and and a panel discussion on the arts with local experts. Topics include “What is the purpose/value of art in our city?” and “What is public art and what is it for?” The panel will include ideas behind public art, social change, and the benefits of filling our city life with culture.

Soleri Stage, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

Sustainability in Art with Martin Taylor

On America Recycles Day, Martin Taylor of the Chromaforms Art Collective, will speak about sustainability in art. As the artist behind Re-Cyclone, Taylor’s own art models themes of sustainability through the use of upcycled materials. Re-Cyclone embraces a sustainable message, designed to inspire people to use their creativity to address pressing environmental challenges that threaten oceans and waterways.

West Canal (near Re-Cyclone), Thursday, Nov. 15, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Ryan Edwards (Sound Sculpture)

Ryan Edwards of Masary Studios will speak about the technology behind Sound Sculpture, the inspiration behind its creation, and experiences related to presenting this piece. Edwards is an interdisciplinary artist, percussionist, and composer, exploring the intersections of music, dance, sculpture, architecture, and video projection. Currently producing interdisciplinary art and performance work, Edwards continues to explore music, installations, and design, as well as various site-specific works.

Marshall Way Bridge (near Sound Sculpture), Friday, Nov.16, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Félix Dagenais and Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun (Iceberg)

The designers behind ATOMIC3 will expose their creative process behind Iceberg and other new work. With over 10 years of experience in the performing arts, director Félix Dagenais and lighting designer Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun founded ATOMIC3 to push their artistic development beyond the walls of the theater, inventing new ways to tell stories and spark the imagination. Together they design and create urban installations that transform space and light up people’s everyday lives. Whether interactive or contemplative, their works invite citizens to look at their environment with new eyes.

Greey Pickett, Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Walter Productions (Floatus)

Founded in 2008, Walter Productions is a Phoenix-based creative collective that specializes in building experiential art. The team behind its special blend of magic is a group of dreamers, artists, technologists, fabricators, programmers, producers, and all-around make-it-happen people who have a well-established reputation for making amazing things happen. Each team member brings years of industry experience.

West Canal (near Floatus), Saturday, Nov. 17, 5 – 6 p.m.

Martin Taylor (Re-Cyclone)

Martin Taylor applies his extensive product design experience to sculptures that encourage audiences to reconnect with their inner child and rediscover their sense of wonder and play. Before his current focus as a designer and artist for Chromaforms Art Collective, Martin Taylor was a prototype engineer for Apple Inc., where he developed new speaker designs for the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and HomePod. He is the recipient of two Burning Man Arts Grants, including one for Re-Cyclone, which debuted at the 2018 event before coming to Canal Convergence.

Canal Convergence Storefront, Saturday, Nov. 17, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Film

Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West

Documentary screening

Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West is a journey deep into the fascinating story of water shortage unfolding across the western United States. This Emmy Award-winning documentary exposes the complicated web of fact and belief characterizing our knowledge of western water through stories that connect the snow in the Rocky Mountains to lawns in Phoenix and Los Angeles. Part of a larger consciousness-raising project, Beyond the Mirage seeks to help people understand water and empower them to act as informed citizens. Filmmaker Cody Sheehy drew on his science background and the expertise of his collaborators to create this cautionary, yet hopeful exploration. A production of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Water Resources Research Center, in collaboration with Arizona Public Media, the Beyond the Mirage project received support from the Arizona Community Foundation as the winner of the New Arizona Prize: Water Consciousness Challenge in 2015.

SMoCA Lounge at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 – 4 p.m.

Tours

Join tour guides as they provide insider information on Canal Convergence artworks, the history of the canal system, and Scottsdale Public Art’s amazing collection throughout Scottsdale.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your reusable water bottle. Please arrive 15 minutes before start time. Tour times vary, but plan to spend somewhere between 45 and 75 minutes. All tours are free; RSVPs are required for SRP Canal History Tours and the Scottsdale Public Art Tours.

Canal Convergence Art Tour

Explore highlights of this year’s Canal Convergence along the Scottsdale Waterfront, including stops at all the art installations and a selection of the programmatic elements.

Tours begin at the Canal Convergence Info Booth

  • Friday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

SRP Canal History Tour

Canal Convergence is located on the Arizona Canal, which is one of the many canals throughout the Valley managed by Salt River Project (SRP). Join SRP experts on this walking tour to learn more about the past and present of these critical waterways. The tour will cover the canals’ fascinating history and the creative engineering that makes up the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Tours begin at the SRP Tent; RSVP required

  • Sunday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 12, 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m.

Scottsdale Public Art Tour

Scottsdale Public Art showcases art treasures of Old Town Scottsdale, including the neighborhood’s newest sculpture, One-Eyed Jack by John Randall Nelson.

Tours begin at the Canal Convergence Info Booth; RSVP required

  • Friday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.

Bike Rides

The Canal Convergence bike rides return due to popular demand.

This year features three rides, including two that transform riders into light art and one that connects local poets with artworks in a family-friendly setting. Reservations are required.

Poetry Bike Ride

Join local poets Anna Flores, Todd Fredson, and Sarah Vap on a family-friend bike tour around Old Town Scottsdale where participants will be invited to write a line of poetry inspired by the sights. Their lines will then be added to a poem presented on the Goldwater Stage at Canal Convergence during the poets’ reading from 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. that night.

Goldwater Stage, Sunday, Nov. 11, 4 – 6 p.m.

Night Lights Bike Ride

Become part of the art with the popular Night Lights Bike Ride. Wear glow-in-the-dark clothing or outfit yourself and your bike with colorful lights for a tour of public art in Old Town Scottsdale. Then, become part of the art at Canal Convergence as the tour passes the Scottsdale Waterfront. Following the Nov. 13 ride only, The Scott Resort & Spa will offer complimentary samples of a signature cocktail, one Denizen Card, and happy hour pricing for the rest of the evening to Night Lights bike riders who wish to experience The Canal Club following the ride. This offer does not apply to the Nov. 18 ride.

The Scott Resort & Spa, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Soleri Stage, Sunday, Nov. 18, 6 – 7:30