The Regional Arts Commission Presents Octarrarium

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) and HEARding Cats Collective present Octarrarium which represents the latest iteration of large scale video installation systems developed by collaborators Kevin Harris and Chad Eivins. The piece will serve as both a gallery installation and a platform for sound performance. A multi-sensory and immersive environment, Octarrarium, is created by encompassing the viewer within eight large projections of live, interactive video.

Inside Octarrarium, every movement and sound made will affect the surroundings, controlling an image blend of live cameras and analog video synthesis. The result can be personal or communal and is dependent on everything and everyone within the fortified structure. It is the relationship between art, public, and environment that is being reorganized and reconsidered.  At its core, Octarrarium demonstrates that art is not restricted to objects and commodities. It can be extended to an idea, an emotion, and most importantly, a shared human experience.

In addition to an experiential gallery installation, Octarrarium will host collaborative events with many St. Louis artists.

EXHIBIT NAME: Octarrarium

ARTISTS: Kevin Harris, Chad Eivins

Presented and Funded by HEARding Cats Collective

Opening Reception: Friday, March 11, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Performance Dates:

  • Friday March 25, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Performance: Kevin Harris – Electronics, Alex Cunningham – Solo Violin

  • Saturday April 16, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Event: Alternate Reality Pancake Brunch (Rob Severson as Pancake Master)

  • Friday April 22, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Performance: Dr. Mabuse – Electronics, Dave Stone – Solo Saxophone

  • Friday April 29, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Performance: Chad Eivins – Electronics, Rich O’Donnell – Solo Percussion

  • Saturday April 30, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Event: Anna Lum’s Favorite Things (poetry reading, homemade sushi with black rice and

pineapple drink)

Octarrarium continues through April 30.

All events are free and open to the public.

GALLERY HOURS: Mon through Fri from 10am to 5pm;

Sat and Sun 12pm to 5pm.

LOCATION:       The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC)

6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112 (across from The Pageant)

Free parking behind The Pageant or metered street parking


About HEARding Cats www.heardingcatscollective.org

The HEARding Cats Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in the state of Missouri U.S.A. in 2009. It is a not-for-profit corporation devoted to producing artistic events primarily in the city of St. Louis. It was founded on 11/11/2009 by husband and wife team, Rich O’Donnell and Anna Lum, along with Mike Murphy and Ryan Harris. Their zeitgeist permeates the policies and methods of the Collective. These necessarily evolve in the ceaselessly changing cultural environment. But the core values of the collective are:

  • Respect for the fundamental value of art to all societies.
  • Recognition that art needs innovation and experimentation to remain vital. This means we support art that is ignored by traditional, commercial, and popular institutions.
  • Support for the educational role of the artist.

About the Regional Arts Commission www.racstl.org

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, and since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,700 grants totaling over $93 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Visit www.racstl.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter @RACStLouis.



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