Welcome to Issue No.5
by Kalya Ramu
A word from
smART Magazine is
the official publication
of Lighthouse Immersive.
is the production company behind the
IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT.
The company was created by the partnership between STARVOX ENTERTAINMENT
SHOW ONE PRODUCTIONS,
with a mission to present visual arts, music, and dance productions across North America.
New York, New York—the city that never sleeps is waking up to a bright post-pandemic morning in the arts, and the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is poised at the helm of that comeback. Issue No.5 of smART Magazine is a celebration of the special kind of energy that animates New York. A celebration of its people, who are “the greatest common denominator,” as Creative Director David Korins put it when he joined us for an interview from the back of an Über, in between errands, on a busy May day. It is a celebration of the artists leading this comeback with a uniquely resilient creative spirit. The first time I visited the city, about a decade ago, I met an actor whose words beautifully captured this resilient spirit, he said, “If I’m going to be hungry, then I want to be hungry in New York.” And finally, this issue is a celebration of the latest expansion of the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, and its much anticipated arrival at the city’s Lower East Side on June 4th.
Our collection of equally inspiring and revealing conversations with artists and arts-administrators continues this issue with a roster that includes actor-director Jay Baruchel; local painter Kristy Gordon; veteran filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson; and jazz pianist Emmet Cohen. We also welcome a selection of organizations that make the magic happen in NY and on both sides of the border, including bluemouth inc., a NY-based performance collective; and Boulevard Arts, an immersive art-and-culture technology company launching a new app for Lighthouse Immersive.
Keeping up with Lighthouse Immersive’s activities elsewhere in North America, we also welcome artists such as San Francisco Resident Artist Jun Yang; British-Canadian performer Magical Bones; Canadian filmmaker Billie Mintz; and Boston-based director, Igor Golyak.
smART Magazine continues with the belief that artists, and arts-workers, should be presented in an artistically inspiring way. That is the spirit behind the work which our writers and illustrators have compiled for Issue No.5. So we hope you’ll accept our invitations to join in on these incredible conversations, and let us know how they inspired your search for artistic experiences now and in the future.
From my desk to yours,
Chief Editor and Visual Designer