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.
Mining the aesthetics of cinema and science fiction, The Erudition presents an almost lunar-esque looking landscape with what appears to be an unlikely monument or proposal, consisting of holographic trees blowing in fictional wind. Strangely, they spark and fizz into and out of life, as though malfunctioning, or low on energy. Are we witnesses to a forgotten site of proposed colonization on another planet? Or to the wrecked remnants of this one? As the critic Murray Whyte has written, “there is a sense of a very distant future trying to recreate in virtual space something it never actually knew. Richardson produces a future-world that was stored in the dull chill of a hard-drive: gone and forgotten, but forever clickable.”