2014 Exhibition

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.

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16. Zone

Zone is a site-specific, poetic performance with the interactive appeal of a live TV broadcast, inspired by man-on-the-street style, on-camera interviews that often take place during public events. These unplanned interviews often produce unexpected opinions and reactions from the interviewees, creating a form of improvised, interactive theatre.

A green-screen backdrop will be placed in the Orange Zone of Dlectricity, mimicking the interview staging one might see outside of a red carpet event. The audience is invited to walk through this area and be interviewed. The green-screen is the focal point for the people being interviewed to imagine being transported to new scenarios.

David Leonard, and artist and TV news journalist by trade, will be on-site conducting interviews and creating a video that documents these interactions and public engagements. This video documentation of Zone will later be posted online, where participants can later view their moment of notoriety, and will be the lasting legacy of this two-night performance.

Artist Information

David Leonard

David Leonard

David Leonard accentuates a career as a “man-on-the-street” with a confounding art practice, using his investigative eye to look closer at technology, current events, journalism and the aesthetic representation of these topics.

Throughout his youth in Los Angeles Leonard documented and wrote for local news outlets, covering the LA Riots, the O.J. Simpson trial and other game-changing events of the 1990s. After experimenting with stand-up comedy and performance, he found a place for his charmingly quixotic take on audience interaction as a television reporter. His stories have appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report”.