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 site-specific animated audio-visual work is performed via video projection at the eastern facade of 71 Garfield Street. Thematically it explores basic elements of sustainability, by this also referring to the exemplary features of the building revitalized few years ago.
The artistic approach is in line with Casa Magica’s work-in-progress on “Sound Spheres” , a title which deliberately comprises the broad variety of meaning of both words and their poetic potential of crossover connotations. Sound: noise, music, strait (détroit!), healthy, perfect etc. Sphere: globe, sky, ambiance etc.
On the one hand the artists engage their method of creating digital 3D shapes from 2D photo and video materials, on the other hand their researches in synesthetical relations between the visual and acoustic sphere based on sound-spectrogram analysis.
The basic rhythmic pacesetter is created by transposing electronically data of potential solar energy gain in Detroit.
By all these means the esthetic impression ambiguously oscillates between natural and artificial, lacing constantly the question, whether and in what sense we should and will integrate human invention and nature in designing our habitat.
The work is performed in a continuous loop all through festival hours.
Artist Talk Friday 6pm at Socra Tea, 71 Garfield, Suite 50 Detroit, MI 48201
With support from Garfield Real Estate Properties LLC. Artist talk and reception sponsored by Quinn Evans Architects.