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.
In MineD intervention: DETROIT 2014 old world materials and today’s technologies meet in a virtual space. Minecraft, the video game, is about breaking and placing blocks in a world of infinite building possibilities. In this project Detroit’s children re-imagine the city’s industrial architecture. The project playfully situates children as designers, exploiting game technology as a means for empowerment. By emphasizing the interconnectedness of space and people through large-scale projection, the game is inverted.
Virtual textured cubes made of substances such as wood, iron, diamond, or lava, will be projected, via a high-powered data projector, onto the façade of the Detroit Institute of Arts, thus animating its surface. The fantastical structures, envisioned by Detroit’s youth will construct and deconstruct the city into a choreographed vision of the future. We can imagine virtually deconstructing the side of DIA projecting fountains of flowing lava, doorways to underground caves, or user controlled explosions.
Using the interactive and multi-player function of the game, children will be presenting live building performances and giving virtual public tours of their creations in real time! Sign up to participate at http://mined2014.org