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Release Date: Tuesday, April 26th 2016

Mix-N-Marathon to Close the Six Week Run of Mix-N-Match Market Square Public Art

Saturday Evening Event to Feature DJ’s, Performances, and more

Downtown Pittsburgh, PA – Mix -n- Match, the large scale light and sound public art installation currently on display in Market Square will close with a free public event on Saturday evening, April 30. The event, Mix -n- Marathon, will also tie in the Pittsburgh Marathon activities that are occurring throughout the weekend. The event is presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, The Office of Public Art, VIA, and the Pittsburgh Marathon.

The schedule of events for Saturday evening is:
5:00 p.m. Mix-N-Match Listening Hour
6:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Marathon, March of the Runners
6:30 p.m. Project Silk live performance

Spinning a mix of global beats, hip hop, house and R&B Mix-N-Marathon's dance party brings together some of Pittsburgh's favorite DJs:
7:00 p.m. DJ Pandemic (Weather Permitting, Pittonkatonk, Pandemic)
8:00 p.m. Eye Jay
9:00 p.m. DJ Bamboo (Neon Social, Fader Pirates)

Additionally, Green Mountain Energy will be on hand and Zero Fossil will bring their pedal powered juicerator station, where you may bike your way to a fresh smoothie.

Mix -n- Match, created by sound, installation, and performance artist Allard van Hoorn from the Netherlands, connects with users of Market Square, both near and far, to create a new experience of the public space. Visitors can interact with musical tracks that were created by van Hoorn in collaboration with a diverse collection of Pittsburgh organizations. Tracks are selected from a large record player pin located in the middle of the Square, and amplified in the public space during daytime and early evening hours. The music is accessible using headphone jacks outside of these hours, and users can download an interactive app that uses live video and sound feeds at MarketSquarePublicArt.com.

Project Silk is one of the community groups who helped to create the soundtrack for the work. They will be performing to the piece of music “Hey Hey Hey Hey Revlon.”

Artist bio: Allard van Hoorn was born in 1968 in Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a Dutch performance, sound, and installation artist working across architecture, music, dance, and design. Van Hoorn’s artwork creates physical, visual, and acoustic maps and scenarios for public space, where the public can interact with sound, light, and the built environment.

Van Hoorn’s work has been shown at institutions and events like the biennales and triennials of Tbilisi, Havana, Istanbul, Gwangju, among many others. In 2015, he was awarded the Talent Development Grant from the prestigious Mondriaan Fund. He has spent time as both a guest and studio artist at a variety of universities around the world, including Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, NL, Architectural Association Interprofessionals Studio in London, UK, and at Royal College of Art, London, UK. Additionally van Hoorn is founder of the Platform for Urban Investigation, a nomadic, cross-disciplinary research facility investigating local urban environments around the world in collaboration with architects, designers, choreographers, musicians, and visual artists.

About the Market Square Public Art Program
The Market Square Public Art Program is a program of the City of Pittsburgh/Public Art Division, and is managed by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership with technical assistance from the Office of Public Art. Designed to bring energy and creativity to the outdoor urban core during winter months, the program showcases the very best in contemporary public art and establishes Market Square as a local, regional, and national arts destination. The program was launched in February of 2014 with Congregation, an artwork by pioneering new media artists KMA (UK). In 2015, the program presented A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle by artist Jennifer Wen Ma. 

Funding for the Market Square Public Art Program has been generously provided by Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Heinz Endowments; the Art Works program of the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; an anonymous source, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Local production support for this installation is being provided by Flyspace Productions and the Office of Public Art, with additional support provided by the Ben Peoples Industries and the E H Schwab Company. Please visit MarketSquarePublicArt.com for more information about the program

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, marketing, economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter @downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.

About the Office of Public Art
The Office of Public Art is a public-private partnership between the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Founded in 2005, they provide technical assistance and educational programs about public art in the Pittsburgh region. For more information, visit www.publicartpittsburgh.org

About the City of Pittsburgh Public Art Division
The Public Art Division of the City of Pittsburgh is housed within the Department of City Planning., its major roles are to staff and facilitate the City’s Art Commission and to conserve and plan for the City’s collection of art and cultural objects. For more information or contact, visit: www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/public-art/.

About Project Silk
Project Silk is an organization that supports minority gay men and transgender individuals. Many individuals who participate in Project Silk’s programming also vogue dance in the underground ballroom scene, and belong to various houses or chapters. The two biggest houses in Pittsburgh are the House of Revlon and the House of Ebony. Members from each house danced for van Hoorn in Market Square and their rhythmic clapping, hallmark call-outs, and dance sounds were used for the track Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey, Revlon.

About VIA
Founded in 2010, VIA is Pittsburgh-based festival and event platform showcasing what’s next in music, art & technology. VIA’s collaborations with local, national, and international groups bring together new combinations of artists and communities for one-of-a-kind performances, interactive projects, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and more in pursuit and celebration of future culture.

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