A sense of place in five minutes or less


Using technology developed at the University of Wyoming, the Laramie Area Visitor Center is teaming up with the Laramie Public Art Coalition to present a series of parking lot movie nights.
“All the videos were submitted by UW art majors,” Visitor Center Assistant Director Mike Gray said. “The theme was projecting place.”
Each of the films is less than five minutes, with the shortest lasting just more than 30 seconds. The combined footage run time is about 15 minutes, but Gray said each film presents Albany County from a different angle.
“We enjoyed the opportunity of partnering with the Laramie Public Art Coalition,” he said. “The theme allows us to see how our university students view the Laramie area. It’s always good to step back and look at your home from someone else’s perspective.”
Starting Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the short films will be projected onto the Clure Brothers Furniture north wall. Attendees can enjoy the family friendly festival from the visitor center parking lot as well as refreshments and a taco bar supplied by the visitor center. If you miss the first showing, two more will follow on Friday and Saturday, both starting around 5:30 p.m.
“Tomorrow night, we’ll have some refreshments and introduce the artists,” Gray said. “They’ll talk a bit about their entries, giving the audience insight as to what inspired them.”
The projector is housed in TOPO-X, a collaborative mobile observation, projection and outreach project. It was developed as an interdisciplinary project between visual artist Brandon S. Gellis, a UW Department of Art and Art History assistant professor, J.J. Shinker, a UW Department of Geography associate professor and Laramie Public Art Coalition Coordinator Meg Thompson Stanton. The TOPO-X was designed to improve community relations between UW and Albany County, promote exploration of art and sciences and bring exciting visual art to the Laramie Valley.
An incoming snow storm could put a damper on the first night as is often the case during a winter on the range, but Gray said people could pick up the Friday or Saturday showings if the weather turns dismal.
For more information, go to the visitor center event calendar.