Brian Corrigan: Oh Heck Yeah

I met with Corrigan last month to talk to him about his newest project, Oh Heck Yeah, that he’s billing as an immersive street arcade.  Oh Heck Yeah is also his way of building a creative city through placemaking. Opening June 7, 2014 through July 26, 2014 every Thursday and Saturday from 7pm to 11pm- Champa Street, from the 16th Street Mall to 14th Street will be transformed with sculptures, projections and the use of Denver Theatre District’s LED screens.

Corrigan’s received partial funding for the project with ArtPlace America. Artplace America first came to my attention as a game changer when the organization funded Theastre Gates Black Cinema House. Gates is rehabbing a multi-use building in Chicago as a live work space for “film and media-based artists of color.” Artplace asks artists to connect locally on many levels- social, physical and economic.

While Corrigan’s work is also based in media it’s has a much more youthful component asking walkers to connect with different video games as human joysticks. Don’t worry if you don’t exactly know how to do these kinds of things- there’ll be docents on the street with Oh Heck Yeah t-shirts inviting and showing people how to play the different games.

 

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