Bring to Light Festival in New York
Text: Detail Daily
The Bring to Light public art festival took place in New York’s last Friday - simultaneously with “nuit blanche” events in cities around the world.
The Bright to Light festival invited 70 emerging and established artists to create site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection art for a free spectacle for thousands of visitors to re-imagine public space and civic life in streets, parks and the industrial waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Through artistic intervention, Bring to Light hopes to engage the public in the dialogue of the redevelopment of the Greenpoint area and leave lasting positive impacts.
One of the installations was for example Soft Sell by New York-based architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a video installation first presented in Times Square in 1993, as a spirited critique of the area’s re-development as well as a reference to its past: The video displays a close-up shot of a woman’s mouth as asking questions pointed towards society’s archetypal materialism. The video installation intends to illustrate the familiar process of marketing and selling urban “progression” by displaying a seductive inquiry into today’s consumer culture.
Another artistic intervention during the Bright to Light festival was The Glowing Homeless by the New York- based French artist Fanny Allié: A neon outline of the human form resting on a park bench in representation of a homeless person sound asleep amongst the park’s visitors. By creating a rendering of a sleeping person on the bench through wire and rope lights, Allie intends to aestheticize the social issue of homelessness in contemporary society.
The installation Structural Light by the American artist Jason Peters is a three dimensional installation out of fluorescent lighting tubes: A network of intersecting pyramids illuminating Greenpoint’s vacant handball courts that reconfigures objects commonly found in public space. This large-scale light-sculpture is intended the draw the viewers attention to materials they would otherwise ignore and to explore the boundaries of the court while enlightening the space.
Bring to Light is part of Nuit Blanche, a free public arts festival that originated in Paris in 2001 and that evolved to a global network of locally organized nighttime contemporary art events that take place at the same night all over the world.