Music is the main draw at III Points, but the festival got its name for a reason: It was intended to combine three "points" — music, art, and technology — in one place. And attendees at this year's event will have access to a world-class lineup of artists, including some familiar local talent.
III Points veterans Milagros Collective will return to the festival in a collaborative spirit. The artists who make up the duo — Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre — divide their time between Miami and New Orleans and travel extensively for installations of their signature colorful patterned murals.
When the two recently spoke with New Times, they were still in the Big Easy and hadn't fully fleshed-out their plans for their III Points contribution. "We work really intuitively," Fillastre explains. "A lot of the time, we get inspired by being in the space." But they had the broad strokes laid out: Handmade furniture, with help from collaborator Brian Bo, will fill a space decorated with Milagros' paintings. And the whole thing will be illuminated by 3D projections thanks to another collaborator, Tristan Whitehill.
"He's a digital artist who does stuff with programming and processing and animation. We're sending him chunks of pattern that he's animating, and he made these 3D fruit shapes that'll be moving in real time," Fillastre says. "They'll react to sound, like they'll get more intense when there are more people."
And one delicious motif will tie the room together. "The theme is tropical fruit this time," Asteinza says, laughing, "It's our personal theme."
The two say they plan to see as much of the art on display at III Points as possible. They're especially excited about artists Brian Butler and Assume Vivid Astro Focus. Attendees can also check out works by Max Cooper and Architecture Social Club; Nonotak Studio; Judy Chicago; and a wide range of local talent, including Porn Nails, Mokibaby, Jason Boogie, and Aja Monet.
Aileen Quintana, who creates art under the moniker "Haiiileen," plans a similarly colorful showcase. Acrylic sculptures painted in red enamel will anchor the installation Haiii-liiight, which explores light waves and theories of how light moves in a space. It's somewhat of a scientific take on the ethereal, trippy themes that often accompany her work. In fact, to prepare, Quintana spent hours listening to online lectures by Ivy League professors.
"My goal is to always push my own boundaries and sense of discovery, to really just always develop," she says. "I need to always do more."
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Quintana has worked with the festival, which debuted in 2013, "since day zero," she says. In that time, she's seen the festival's arts sector evolve, from immersive experiences such as a virtual-reality simulation of a walk on Mars to her own giant neon-hued vaporwave mall. And she'd like to see even more where that came from.
"We need more art," she states plainly. "III Points is a platform where we're able to showcase work, and I think it's really important. We have the potential to be a pioneer. They've locked into the music side of things, and I've been able, in my own personal work, to bring innovative, one-of-a-kind concepts to that platform... But it can always get better. It can always grow."
A previous version of this story included an incorrect job title for Aileen Quintana.