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Telfair Museums’ annual celebration of digital art returns to Jepson Center

 

SAVANNAH, GA (February 24, 2022) — Telfair Museums’ annual PULSE Art + Technology Festival, one of the first festivals of its kind in the United States, is returning for its 15th year in Savannah next week.

This year’s festival includes mind-bending illusions, interactive pieces, lectures, performances, curator and artist tours, workshops for students, and a Free Family Day—all presented free from March 2 through March 5 at the Jepson Center.

“We are excited to return to in-person programming for PULSE in 2022 to allow audiences of all ages to experience art and illusions,” said Harry DeLorme, the festival’s curator. “To interact with artists working at the forefront of technology, to experience performance and immersive projections, to make art of their own, and most importantly, to enjoy themselves.”

Throughout this year’s festival, for three nights, March 2-4, the Jepson Center’s atrium will be lit at night by the digital art installation “Return” by artist John Colette, the most immersive projection project yet presented at PULSE. On Thursday night, lead PULSE artist Chul Hyun Ahn will discuss how he developed his illusions of infinity, including works currently showcased in the museum’s galleries. Thursday and Friday mornings at 11 a.m., visiting artists will discuss their work at the intersection of art and technology in programs open to students and visitors of all ages. Friday night will feature a multidisciplinary performance by Tybee Dance Theater’s Britt Bacon and Kate Petit, with audiovisual artist Vinay Arora. The performance is part of a Free Friday Night at the Jepson that will put the emphasis on fun and creativity with activities including a 360-degree video photo booth and an LED pin making workshop. And Saturday’s Free Family Day will open the Jepson Center to the public with the return of hands-on activities for the whole family.

The festival, which usually takes place in January and draws several thousand participants, was rescheduled this year to increase access and to promote public health.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer the PULSE Art + Technology Festival, for the first time ever, in March,” said Ben Simons, Telfair’s executive director/CEO. “With more and more people getting out and enthusiasm building for things to explore and do, it’s an exciting time for the city of Savannah. People can enjoy SCAD’s wonderful deFINE ART series, stop by the Jepson and see us—and then we have Savannah Stopover and St. Patrick’s Day events and the Savannah Music Festival to look forward to later in the month. All of March really is a celebration of the city’s creative spirit.”

For more information and to register for individual PULSE sessions, visit telfair.org or https://www.telfair.org/event/pulse-art-technology-festival-2022.

2022 PULSE Art + Technology Festival Schedule

All programs are free to attend and at the Jepson Center, 207 W. York St.

Wednesday, March 2

6 p.m. Curator and artist tour of Jepson Center exhibitions

6-8 p.m. Immersive projection, “Return,” by artist John Colette in Jepson Center atrium

Thursday, March 3

11 a.m. Tech talk for students with Ryan Buyssens and Aidan Lincoln Fowler

6 p.m. Lecture and discussion with lead PULSE artist Chul Hyun Ahn on his career, which evolved from painting into the creation of mind-bending light sculptures exhibited worldwide

6-8 p.m. Immersive projection, “Return,” by artist John Colette in Jepson Center atrium

Friday, March 4

11 a.m. Tech talk for students with Chul Hyun Ahn, Kelley McClung, Greg Finger, and John Colette

2 p.m. Curator’s tour of Jepson Center exhibitions with Harry DeLorme

6-8 p.m. “Spaces: A Multimedia Performance with Dance, Sound, and Interactive Visuals by Tybee Ballet Theater” in the Jepson Center atrium. Enjoy activities including a 360-degree video photo booth, LED pin-making workshop for ages 16-and-up, and more. Plus the immersive projection “Return” by artist John Colette.

Saturday, March 5

10 a.m.-5 p.m. PULSE Free Family Day at the Jepson Center, with free admission to explore PULSE and other museum exhibitions. Youth workshop “Connections through Code” from 10 a.m.-noon. Hands-on art activities from 1-4 p.m.

Investment is provided by the City of Savannah, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Telfair Museums:

Opened in 1886, Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and features a world-class art collection in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. The museum encompasses three sites: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and the Telfair Academy. For more information visit telfair.org.