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'Light After Dark': A Virtual Art Walk Of Kaori Fukuyama's Work


  • WHEN Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
  • WHERE Virtual / ENGAGE Art Event & Shindig
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

Design agency Border is pleased to present the second ENGAGE Art Show & Shindig Light After Dark featuring San Diego-based artist and designer Kaori Fukuyama.

READ MORE: 'Kaori Fukuyama: Between The Lines' (KPBS)

The event will be broadcast live from Border's offices at Torr Kaelan in East Village with participants viewing the works via a virtual art walk on their computers or devices using Zoom.

A panel of artists will join Kaori virtually to discuss the theme of Light after Darkness, sharing their experience working with the new artistic constraints given by these times of change.

Artists participating to the panel:
Bhavna Mehta
Christian Garcia-Olivo
Katie Ruiz
Melissa Walter

The event is free and open to all ages.

** To receive the tour group link, you must join the Zoom event at least 5 minutes prior to the start time of your ticketed tour group **


5:30 p.m. Access to the waiting room opens; introduction to Kaori and Torr Kaelan plays on looping video
5:45 - 6:30 Virtual Art Walk Tours
Group 1: 5:50 - 6:00
Group 2: 6:05 - 6:15
Group 3: 6:20 - 6:30
6:40 - 7:10 Facilitated panel conversation
7:10 - 7:30 Audience Q&A
7:30 p.m. Virtual event closes

View Engage Gallery's website for more details on the event

And remember to get a ticket on Eventbrite, so you can get access to the Zoom link!

View Kaori Fukuyama's work.

From the artist:
Living under the seductive sunlight of San Diego for many years, I am inspired by the magical interplay of color and light in both the natural world (sunset, rainbow, dappled forest light) and in man-made environments (spotlights, reflection off a building, neon signs).

I am fascinated by how light affects the way we see, feel, and perceive our surroundings. In the studio, I experiment with various mediums, materials, and scales, observing their interactions with light and exploring how our visual and emotional perception may be influenced by such interactions. The complex relationship among color, light, and shadow is the focus of my artwork, which includes abstract paintings, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations.

With the darkness brought forth by the pressing health, political and social justice issues I started wondering about the meaning of my work, if focusing on light was even relevant at all in these times. I then realized that I can use my art as a way to find light in the darkness. Creating art in this period has been very cathartic, unfamiliar from what I’ve done before, but healing in many ways.

My hope is that each piece evokes a certain memory or experience that serves to remind the viewer of the beauty and magic of the light we encounter in our everyday life.

Full event details at

Due to in-person event constraints, we're trying something new (and a little bit daring) this time. The art will be displayed in the Border offices as normal, but participants will join virtually via their computers or devices using Zoom to join Kaori on a tour of her work.

After participating in several virtual exhibits from museums like LACMA, we want to try to make the experience as immersive as possible.

Each tour group will consist of:

-The artist, Kaori Fukuyama
-Three Border employees, called avatars, in-person with Kaori exploring the art under the guidance of a remote participant. Each avatar will be wearing a tablet broadcasting the art walk to the puppeteer and viewers.
-Three puppeteers. Puppeteers are virtual participants, but they have special powers. Each puppeteer will control one avatar in the group. Puppeteers can tell their avatar to move around, look a specific way, crouch or ask a question. We're trying to provide an approximation of an in-person gallery experience.
-Up to 250 viewers. These participants will not be able to give guidance to the avatars, but will be able to follow along with the group. Each viewer will be assigned to a single avatar.

When reserving a free ticket for the event, each participant may also elect to join the waitlist to be a puppeteer. In total, only nine viewers will be upgraded to puppeteers (one per avatar for each tour group).

At the start of each tour, the first viewer on the puppeteer waitlist will be given control of the avatar. If the designated viewer is not online, the next person on the waitlist will be selected. There is no grace period. If you want to be a puppeteer, please be early and make sure your technology is working.

Puppeteers will need audio to both hear the art walk and speak to their avatar. Please make sure you have a working microphone and there isn't too much background noise. We want each participant to have an outstanding experience. Please respect the experience of others.

Puppeteers must be at least 18 years old. While you can join multiple viewing groups, you can only be a puppeteer once.

Five minutes prior to the start of their ticketed tour time, participants will be sent a link to a break-out room. Participants will then leave the waiting room and join the break-out room. Viewers will be muted during the entire time of the art walk. Puppeteers will be granted audio to speak to their avatars, but the artist will not hear each puppeteer. The avatars will relay the puppeteers' questions to the artist so that all participants can hear the question.

After ten minutes, the tour will conclude, but the break-out room will remain open. Viewers may discuss the tour prior to rejoining the main waiting room for the panel conversation. The tour group break-out rooms will be unmoderated and all participants can speak to each other. Five minutes before the panel, all break-out rooms will be closed.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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