For 2012, T/F stretches its artsy-fartsy tentacles further and deeper, bringing more amazing visual artists from near and far to reinvent venues and transform public spaces.

ALL OVER DOWNTOWN Mud stencils will reappear downtown with the help of local students and teachers. Jesse Graves and Nicolas Lampert return to T/F to paint the sidewalks with muddy and beautiful images.

BERLIN THEATER Laura Haynes and her middle-school students from Mexico, Missouri, create visions of nets that have caught more than dreams.

BLUE NOTE The Columbia landmark descends even further into the briny depths, as Glenn Rice’s glowing sea creatures are met by local painter and tattoo artist Lars Van Zandt’s nautical mural. Upstairs, bathe in a sea of video donated by the Chicago Film Archives and resident archivist Anne Wells -— all covered in coral courtesy of local artist Sarah Mercer. Finally, don’t miss Bob Hartzell’s paper lamps high above the theater.

BOX OFFICE Local artists Brian Doss and Gabe Meyer transform the old Pasta Factory into a factory of another kind: a labyrinth of machined texture and warm glow that suggests a 1930s mechanical past that never was.

CAMPFIRE STORIES Fran Lakatos has conjured up a forest of animals to sit alongside us as we listen to this year’s Campfire Stories. Illuminated by Sarah Mercer’s fire, cardboard stand-ups never looked so cute!

FORREST THEATER IN THE TIGER HOTEL Tree by tree, Mike Marcum continues his metal reforestation project, with help from Elsa Mae Kelley-Marcum. Elsewhere, Fran Lakatos’ beautiful shadow boxes join a brand-new birch forest, courtesy of Camellia Cosgray and Tracy Greever-Rice.

THE GLOBE Camellia Cosgray’s lighted megamap can still be found inside the theater along with Shea Boresi’s stained glass panels, all made—believe it or not—from tissue paper! Gabe Parish gives Barb the Buffalo a new ’do, along with a communication-themed stanchion in the lobby. And when you’re in line, check out the tin-can phone booth.

JESSE Greg Orloff’s weeping willow uses metal, wood, tubing, and a unique stamping technique to strike an imposing presence in the lobby. His time machine is parked nearby, and you may see the artist himself nonchalantly sporting a handmade suit of machined armor. While you’re Q’ing, peruse the early 20th-century evaluative devices, on loan from the MU psychology department, with special thanks to Steven Hackley and Mike Stadler.

MISSOURI THEATRE INFLUENCING MACHINE has always existed in the ether. Occasionally, however, it manifests itself by compelling some dim-witted fools to build it. This time, those poor souls were True/False’s own Anarchic Production Wedge. Approach INFLUENCING MACHINE at your own risk. It awaits you at the bottom of the stairway, waiting for all to succumb to its power. A Greg Orloff sculpture lurks in the window cove between the theater lobby and the Columbia Art League.

MOVEABLE TYPE Kyle Durrie, an artist based in Portland, Oregon, converted a 1982 Chevy step van into a fully functional letterpress print shop and has been crisscrossing the country sharing her passion for printmaking. In addition to doing workshops with students, Kyle will have special open hours during the fest—stop by to see the presses in action, admire Kyle’s work, and make your own printed souvenir! Look for her parked at Ninth and Broadway on Friday 4-6pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12-2pm.

THE MUSEUM OF ART & ARCHAEOLOGY With an assist by CARE Gallery students, Irish artist Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile sets out to transform an interior walkway with bamboo and cloth.

PARTIES At @CTION, come prepared to be hypnotized by the ever-evolving cult of technology, from early 20th-century kinetic op art to science fiction and even a Hack the Planet dance party. See, hear, touch, and smell numerous interactive installations, including an RGB dance floor, a fuming nose, and a roving eye. Jet set with mecha-Victorian masks at the Jubilee. Projections and installations created by a dozen Chicago & Columbia artists led by Monica Jost.

THE PICTUREHOUSE Sarah and Sasha Goodnow, Mark Hampton, and William Riley-Land drape the staircase in an array of cardstock-gone-rainbow splendor. Inside, Nathan Truesdell, Nick Michael, Steve Rice, Rick Agran, Chelsea Myers, & the MU Micro-Doc class take on the most ambitious T/F art project to date: over 500 video portraits of our fellow mid-Missourians projected larger than life on a half-mile of drape hung by the APW. Sponsored by Advanced Radiology.

THE PORTAL (aka Secret Alley) Walk past too briskly and you might miss Andrew Oesch’s installation. The Portal leads between Broadway (Hitt Street if it extended northward) and Orr Street (at Walnut Street), but the journey between those narrow brick walls is even better than the destination.

RAGTAG CINEMA & UPRISE BAKERY Jonathan Auch documented the Occupy Wall Street movement in NYC from its very first days. At the Ragtag Community Gallery, behold a tapestry of his photographs, spanning months and showing the diversity of OWS. Shift your gaze to the storefront windows to see Nicolas Lampert and Paul Kjelland’s finely drawn and cut stencils. Out on the patio, Barbie Reid and Elizabeth Calvert have supplied Ye Olde Film Reel to serve as a canopy.