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Preview: Luna Fete

The annual show of New Orleans architecture and spectacular light

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Photo by Aaron Rogosin

Last year, the Arts Council of New Orleans' Luna Fete presented a video projection on Gallier Hall's facade of New Orleans landscapes and festival scenes. It combined artists' illustrations, motion graphics and video mapping technology to create a movielike presentation on the varied surfaces of the building's columns, pediment and recessed walls. This year, Luna Fete brings a different type of light installation to Lafayette Square, as well as multimedia projections on Ashe Power House Theater in Central City and on buildings on Julia Street in the Warehouse District. Artist Jen Lewis' interactive light installation, called "The Pool" (pictured), fills an area of Lafayette Square with large circles of light arrayed like lilly pads. As attendees walk on them, they change colors and patterns. OCUBO, a Portuguese company specializing in interactive installations, is working with local schoolchildren and painter Terrance Osborne on a large-scale projection at Ashe Power House, which runs every half hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the festival. Artists will present projections on building interiors and exteriors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4-5 on Julia Street. Miwa Matreyek presents an hourlong animated film combining shadow and light projections at the Contemporary Arts Center at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 4-5. Matreyek participates in an artist discussion at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

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