Media Artist + Art Director

ROTO Pasadena



ROTO PASADENA: On August 13th, 2016, 8-10pm.

Animated projections on Pasadena's City Hall, Police Station, and Central Library. Created by artists Lisa Mann and Yo-Yo Lin, ROTO PASADENA is a community animation project funded through the National Endowment of the Arts "Our Town" Grant,  produced by City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs and Side Street Projects.


Pasadena, CA— LISA MANN & YO-YO LIN are pleased to present ROTO PASADENA. On Saturday, August 13th, 8-10pm, take a stroll down the main artery of Pasadena’s Civic Center on Garfield Avenue and you’ll encounter 10’ - 20’ high, colorful animations of the Pasadena Police department, City Council members, and a cross-section of NW Pasadena residents projected onto the buildings where they work, marry, speak to the mayor, and pay their parking tickets. 

The City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, along with partner Side Street Projects, is the proud recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town public art project award. Pasadena’s project for the Civic Center: My Pasadena will create a continuous series of events and changing artworks from September 2015-September 2016, transforming the Civic Center area into a creative, vibrant public forum and expanding community awareness of and relevance to the contemporary role of government. ROTO PASADENA is a community art project created by Pasadena artists Lisa Mann and Yo-Yo Lin. They have collaborated with two Northwest Pasadena youth groups -- La Pintoresca Teen Education Center and Pasadena YouthBuild-- to create a video poem from a teen perspective of living in Pasadena and to conduct and film interviews with the Pasadena Police department’s top brass and city council members. The movies have been hand-traced or “rotoscoped” one picture at time to create bold animations that will be projected directly onto the massive gates of the Central Library, a corner of the majestic City Hall, and the facade of the Police Station as a site-specific installation. The idea is to use art to open a dialogue between Pasadena officials and decision-makers and the people they serve, to bridge the divide between generations, cultures, and races.  We invite the public to attend this free event!

Lisa Mann is an artist who has lived and worked in Northwest Pasadena for the last 20 years. Many of her recent installations and projections have focused on social and cultural issues relevant to the diverse population of her neighborhood and have involved collaboration with individuals. She is an Associate Professor of Practice in the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Yo­-Yo Lin is an installation artist and animator who graduated from USC’s Animation program in May 2015.