The Area Code Art Fair drive-in screening offered a wide selection of artistic content, ranging from abstract glitch art, computer generated rhythms and sounds, and Zoom karaoke, to moving personal testimonials and critical, documentary short films. You can review a complete list of artists. In addition to the screening, the Drive In displayed six independent light projections created by Liz Nofziger, Maria Servellon, Zsuzsanna Szegedi, Ellen Wetmore, and Stephanie Benenson’s “Harbor Voices,” to be showcased directly onto the walls of Salem State University’s O’Keefe Sports Complex. Their selections were accompanied by a creative light installation on the glass facade of the complex by light artist Joey Nicotera of Retonica.
Read more about the process and project details on Emerson Today.
The drive-in took place in conjunction with AREA CODE—New England’s first art fair dedicated exclusively to regional artists—and in collaboration with the North Shore’s Creative Collective, Salem State University Center for Creative and Performing Arts, and City of Salem. The evening event is sponsored by LuminArtz, a non-profit organization that highlights local and regional artists who create innovative light art experiences.
The event was curated by Dr. Leonie Bradbury, Distinguished Curator-in Residence at Emerson College. Emerson Contemporary’s Exhibitions Manager Jim Manning serves as the Manager of Digital Content and Pamela Hersch of LuminArtz is the Technical Director of the event. The one-night experience was organized in partnership with John Andrews of Creative Collective, an organization that works to support and provide opportunities to the creative workforce across the North Shore. Special thanks to the City of Salem and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll for supporting this project and the creative community.