Art + Culture

New York Festival of Light Illuminates DUMBO Nov 6-8

NEW YORK – November 3, 2014 – Lights, Action, DUMBO! The New York Festival of Light (NYFOL) comes to DUMBO, Brooklyn, for three consecutive nights – November 6-8 – a curated collection of lighting installations from renowned artists designing in the medium of light from all over the world and from right here in Brooklyn. New York City now joins the ranks of major cities such as Berlin, London, Lyon, Montreal, and Sydney that have festivals of light. The festival is free and open to the public and all ages are welcome.

In partnership with the DUMBO Improvement District, the spectacle takes place in and around the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge and spills out onto the surrounding plaza, illuminating DUMBO’s historic infrastructure and architecture with a dazzling array of multi-sensory installations including projection mapping, laser lighting, video art, illuminated sculptures and wearable light technologies.

  • Initiations – 3_Search is a creative collective is that explores the senses by creating immersive experiences in the worlds of fine art, public art, and live events. 3_Search has already created one of the largest projection mapping events to date on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, and returns to that same spot for NYFOL with a piece that incorporates works by international projections mappers and explores the transitory place where endings and beginnings overlap in perpetual evolution.
  • Lazeration – Lighting designer to many rock stars, Howard Ungerleider brings his genius for stage lighting and set design to NYFOL. Under his direction, the tunnel under the Manhattan Bridge, will be the scene of a high-powered laser light show, complete with smoke, music, and the excitement of a concert.
  • The Eyeronman – Designed for the visually impaired by Tactile Navigational Tools, this hands-free wearable device has sensors and emitters mounted directly onto a vest that can detect environmental obstacles, converting those obstacles into a vibro-tactile code based on body-centered coordinates. This touch code leverages a haptic interface that is integrated into a smart textile platform with actuators and/or electro-active polymers. This device gives an end-user the ability to have “eyes in back of their head” or 360-degree spatial perception, allowing individuals  to feel their way through environments. This example of cutting-edge technology is more than a colorfully lit piece of clothing, but rather has dramatic implications for the visually impaired, and first responders who transiently have their vision incapacitated.
  • Sounds of Nature – Called a “light magician,” Tupac Martir is a visual artist and production designer, and a lighting director for Elton John, Beyoncé, Sting, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, to name a few. For NYFOL, he is creating an installation composed of umbrellas with LED strips that are triggered by the weather and the movement of people around it to create different patterns of sound and light.

NYFOL is the brainchild of Liam O’Braion, a producer of large-scale entertainment events and Ira Levy, an award-winning New York City-based lighting designers. On October 24, 2013, NYFOL produced ‘First Light’ at the Elizabeth Street Garden in NoLIta. Hundreds of New Yorkers attended and had the opportunity to experience in microcosm, what will be seen in a few short weeks in DUMBO.

“Light speaks to everyone, no matter what age they are or language they speak,” says Ira Levy, co-founder of the festival. “For the first annual NYFOL, we searched the globe to find lighting installations that range from static to animated, that would delight and thrill a multitude of people.”

“Winter-time light festivals are a joy because they come at a time when the public starts to miss having long, light-filled days. So for three nights, the festival will turn the streets of DUMBO into a magical place filled with light, music, and entertainers, to make it an enjoyable event for one and all,” says Liam O’Braion, co-founder of NYFOL.

“NYFOL will illuminate the historic infrastructure that defines the architectural fabric of DUMBO and create a dazzling event for thousands New Yorkers and visitors from around the globe,” says Alexandria Sica, executive director of the DUMBO Improvement District.

New York Festival of Light – Free and Open to the Public

  • Thursday, November 6: 7-11pm
  • Friday, November 7: 5-11pm
  • Saturday, November 8: 5-11pm

Location: Archway under the Manhattan Bridge (closest physical address is 155 Water Street, Brooklyn).

Image: 2012 DUMBO Arts Festival, courtesy 3_Search