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.
CUbE x WORK feat. Paxahau is a viewer participation environment, designed to create light and motion, in non-traditional spaces. The objective is to inspire viewers to see their physical environment from a whole new perspective.
The CUbE is a 12’H x 12’W x 12’L box consisting of a steel sub-structure that is then covered with a two-way projection screen. The viewer’s images are captured using onbroad cameras and then manipulated using SimpleCV (open-source software developed by an Ann Arbor firm).
Four video projectors, housed inside the structure, cast a combination of the computer generated and pre-recorded images that pass from screen to screen. The programs we write in SimpleCV allow us to “binarize” the image and adjust the threshold, as the event light conditions require. Viewers will witness their own computer generated image interacting with the surrounding Midtown Detroit environment.
The sound for this installation is provided by Paxahau, the Detroit-based music and event group responsible for the Movement Festival.