SOMOS is primarily a music festival, but swimming through the crowd this year in pulsing, color-changing LED fashion will be eight mermaids holding eight jellyfish made from umbrellas and festooned with shedding, colorful boas. One larger jellyfish totem will mark the location within SOMOS of the jellyfish crew of mermaids as they encourage attendees to interact with the jellyfish, take pictures and keep the party going. Not that you could possably miss them.
The mother of the Mother of Jellies is Kharli Brockmeier, a painter and personal trainer who created the jellyfish initially to act as a totem for music festivals. Last year was her first year with the creature creations at SOMOS, but this year she promises the jellies will be better than ever. Brockmeier says that attendees can also expect “flow artists” among the jelly crew to keep the dancing going throughout the night.
SOMOS also boasts a variety of installations and “activations” unique to the festival environment. Of partiqual note is the installation work of Albuquerque artist Andrew Fearnside and the poetry space created by the prolific group Burque Revolt. As SOMOS grows, so grows the breadth of artistic work.