Last Friday was the Big Screens show for Winter 2009. It was hosted at the IAC in the meatpacking district and several ITP students worked in teams and on their own to produce some of the most amazing imagery I have ever seen. Truly mindblargling. The canvas that they were able to use was the 120 foot long screen at IAC that spans the entire length of their lobby. The sheer scale of the screen gave the students the chance to tell stories on a level that few ever get to realize, and since hundreds of people attended the event, their messages were seen, heard, and felt by many people. I got a sneak peek of the pieces a couple days early at their rehearsal, and it was even more moving then to see them, since there weren’t so many people around. It was special. The class, Big Screens, is taught by Daniel Schiffman, codemaster extraordinaire, and he couldn’t have been more proud of the impact his class had on the local art scene that night. Surely, the pieces that were shown could tantalize and entertain in other venues, so I look forward to the artists and creators getting plenty of press and replay of their material elsewhere. However, I can’t think of a better, bigger screen that they could have made their big debut on. Congratulations to the entire class! I am definitely looking forward to coming back each year to see just how much larger the imaginations represented on the screen grow over time. Please excuse any granularity in the pictures because of a use of high ISOs and a semifast shutter: I wanted to capture as much motion as I could without bouncing a flash on the reflective screens. And now, consume nothing but beautiful imagery with your eyes from some of ITPs most talented artists!