smART Magazine is
the official publication
of Lighthouse Immersive, covering the visual and performing arts across
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.
Co-Founder of Lighthouse Immersive
Co-Founder of Lighthouse Immersive
Welcome to Issue No.6
by Kalya Ramu
A word from
The excitement continues as the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit opens in Charlotte, the New York exhibit adds another month of accolades, and Los Angeles approaches a much-anticipated opening at the Amoeba Music venue. Here in Toronto, life is returning to normal as the vaccination count rises with the temperature and the exhibit doors are set to open again on July 28th. Across North America, there is a burgeoning in the arts that feels like it’s here to stay. While caution might prevent us from declaring that the pandemic is over, a sufficient amount of caution allows us to put the worst of the lockdown in the rearview.
It is this trickling return of normalcy that inspired the theme behind Issue No.6: The Joy of Recovery. Those two words have been sorely missing from the public vernacular over the last eighteen months, so we invited poets from six cities to reflect on how they define joy and recovery at a time that seems equidistant from the despair of the pandemic and the hope for a brighter and more purposeful future in the arts. The result of this invitation is smART Magazine’s first poetry collection.
“Is this the joy of recovery? Violent as a sparkler,
I forget the burning. Instead, look at how I dance tonight.
The sparkles. How could I have known
I would know the disbelief of seeing
people, many people,
brushing elbows. With faces. Standing together
at the crosswalk. And be relieved.”
From “They do it With Their Wings,” by Claire Champommier
We found this joy radiating from the work of Bree Stallings, a leading figure in Charlotte’s tight-knit artistic community, and found the spirit recovery in the healing self-portraits of Toronto artist Quinn Rockliff. In New York, a new start for opera conductor Constantine Orbelian brings something to smile about, and a pair of artists speak excitedly about their new role at a coveted artist-hub.
In San Francisco, two IVG Artists-in-Residence stop by to reflect on what their first post-pandemic gig means to them, and one of the most celebrated publicists in Los Angeles explains how his company was able to scale-up the marketing of the IVG exhibit mid-pandemic.
For some of us, recovery is still more a question than a statement, and Issue No.6 creates space to explore the complexities of the new normal. In Toronto, smART correspondent, Augusta Monet, pens a thoughtful essay on how their own personal transformation can be a mirror for post-pandemic growth in general. Iraqi-Canadian filmmaker, Maytham Jbara, discusses his new film and redefining the stories told about his native Baghdad. We also reflect on a moment of reckoning with the plight of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, and celebrate the life of Indigeonous artist Floyd Kuptana.
Issue No.6 is a virtual tour through the cities currently flying the Immersive Van Gogh flag, narrated by the artists and administrators that make each city’s artistic-climate unique. I invite you to begin this journey in Toronto—where it all started—in conversation with the Co-Producer of the exhibit, Corey Ross.
From my desk to yours,
Chief Editor and Visual Designer