DLECTRICITY is Detroit’s nighttime festival of art + light that featured over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art illuminated Midtown Detroit in 2014, from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This two-night “Nuit Blanche” festival was scheduled for Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 in Midtown Detroit from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Saturday night also featured the DLECTRICITY Light Bike Parade where thousands of cyclists biked a 4-mile route through Midtown Detroit, adding extra light and energy to the streets. Weekend programming also included artist talks and performances. DLECTRICITY is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and is free to the public.
The flickering glow of television light as seen from outside a neighbors’ window or cast upon the face of an entranced viewer is distinct and familiar. Mike Teavee re-creates the magnetic glow of television in a wide open urban lot at night. Viewed from a distance, the large, luminous, blueish-white screen floats in the darkness, drawing you like a moth to a flame. Up close, get transported into an otherworldly, all-white, TV (stage) set which playfully distorts perspective and scale. Actors / visitors inside the great television will encounter props, hidden entrances, and inclined surfaces. Audiences outside can complete the charades by broadcasting to the world the happenings at Mike Teavee via their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, making real stars out of pretend actors in a pretend TV. Mike Teavee allows children and kids-at-heart to fulfill the ubiquitous fantasy of being ‘sent by television’. “Hey mom, I said, am I coming in clear?”