By Andy DelGiudice
The Pike & Rose Audio Visual Arts (PRAVA) Festival was a multidisciplinary collaboration between Nuit Branche New York and Materials & Methods, a Boston based production studio that create dynamic, interactive audio visual experiences. Set amongst two empty floors of a new, multi-story office building located within a block of the White Flint Metro, PRAVA offered a collection of visual projections, temporary installations and live music performances from a number of Mid-Atlantic and northeast based artists. The installations were well laid out throughout the two floors of the space, offering attendees the chance to observe and interact with the many pieces on offer. As with any interactive arts festival it was tough to gauge what was available for public manipulation and what was off limits. A sprawling nexus of black lit, neon red string constructed by Jason Peters seemed to suffer the most damage with a collection of heavily inebriated middle aged attendees callously hacking away at sections of the piece, proving once again that people of all ages cannot have nice things.