One of Austin's oldest parks lights up for immersive art, music, and dinner
Austin's Pease Park Conservancy is ready to light up the night with its annual fall fundraising event, Luminarium. As the sun sets on Saturday, November 11, the Live Oak Meadow will transform into an otherworldly realm filled with illuminating art installations, surreal rhythms, and an atmosphere of wonder and enchantment.
The event invites attendees to wander through the glow of the greenspace and become immersed in the magic and community of one of Austin's first public parks. As Pease Park event coordinator Lily Coffman describes, "We try to curate and create a space, not just for people to come and have an auction and a nice dinner, but we make it an experience."
This particular experience involves several senses: guests will be treated to an Indian-inspired menu punctuated by delectable bite-sized desserts. Limalo, a psychedelic beat duo based in Austin, will provide the musical backdrop, while generative artist and software engineer Phill Pasqual immerses guests in the natural beauty of the Spanish moss-draped space.
For the uninitiated, this basically means there will be an experimental, multi-media art dinner — and much of it is too uncommon to describe simply by genre. Pasqual explores the convergence of creativity and technology by merging sensors, software, and light to reimagine natural environments; In a recent piece called "Flux Emanation," he projected a pastel-colored fluid simulation onto a freestanding frame and interacted with the movement using lasers.
Luminarium will also feature the work of Noaa Rienecker, who improvises poetry on South Congress with a 1939 Royal Aristocrat typewriter. Reinecker is joined by fellow poets Abby Holdsworth and Adam Jones.
"Everyone's showing up with their own creativity and their own idea of how they want to support and make sure the park continues," says Coffman.
This special event is not just about the experience, but also about community impact. Luminarium sheds light on Pease Park Conservancy's efforts like replacing invasive species with native ones and keeping the area clear of trash. Proceeds from the event will support the Conservancy's expanding responsibilities for the operation, maintenance, and programming of the greenspace within the park.
Formed in 2008 to "restore, enhance, and maintain" the park, while documenting its history, Pease Park Conservancy welcomes both residents and visitors to explore its intimate nooks and sprawling greenery.
"[Luminarium] is our biggest fundraiser every year and is just such a beautiful event," says Pease Park director of community engagement Allison Johnson. "It supports our operations and maintenance in programming throughout the year."
Tickets (starting at $250) for Luminarium are available at peasepark.org. The event will take place on November 11 at 6 pm. Sponsorships are also available.