Fernando Orellana is fascinated by the quiet but constant presence of architecture, noting that it witnesses all, but reveals nothing of what it sees. Seeking to answer the question "If these walls could talk, what would they tell us?" Orellana will be creating a site-specific installation for "Plugged In." The outside of the Brousseau Building at 204 Warren Street in Hudson will be retrofitted with a façade designed to "bring out the inherit personality or character of the building," according to Orellana. Using a computer generated synthetic voice and motion sensors, the Broussau building will "whisper, speak, and scream to pedestrians details of its interior, history, and the current objects that reside in it."
Other artists participating in "Plugged In" are Hudson's own "love artist" Kathe Izzo, Christine Sciulli, Jesse Matulis, Mark Gregory, Jonathan Osofsky + Jasdeep Gosal, Giorgio Handman, Ingrid Ludt, Greg Locke, Michael Oatman, Bart Woodstrup, Chip Fasciana, and Bryan Zanisnik.
"Plugged In" will commence its two-week run in Hudson on May 17 with an opening night party from 6-10pm in the PARC Foundation buildings at 330 and 336 Warren Street. Both locations will host performances, featuring UK-based video performance artists Eclectic Method, and music from Brooklyn's experimental avant-noise trio Lukomski/Majer/Lail and DJs ESE and Mikey Palms. Painter Mike Long will create a six-by-ten foot painting as the night unfolds. www.hudsonpluggedin.com.