Art + Culture

Light Year 17: “Earth Revisited”

Single channel videos projected onto the Manhattan Bridge
Thursday September 1
Dusk – 10pm
In the Pearl Street Triangle (Anchorage Place & Pearl St.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Concept/Curated by Leo Kuelbs
Artists: Nina Sobell + Laura Ortman, Danielle de Picciotto + Lary 7, Sarah Walko + Justin King, Laszlo Zsolt Bordos, Vadim Schaeffler + Pablo Paolo Kilian, Eike Berg + Jarboe, Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps + Alon Cohen

As humankind evolves further into digital, non-terrestrial realities, “Earth Revisited” asks artists to reexamine their relationship to the earth itself. While shifting relationships to physics and environmental science have been well explored, “Earth Revisited” seeks to reconnect to the ground and explore our contract with the dirt below us. Thousands of years of human endeavors, from the most base to the most inspired, rest in pieces beneath our feet. Throughout the world, the remains of human history create the foundations of our present and physical future. Like a dark universe of dirt, minerals, living insects and the ruins of the past create a complex constellation that represents mankind’s host/parasite relationship to the place we call home. This view seeks to serve as a template for a selection of works that, instead of looking outward and creating a survey of what is seen, are generated by looking inward; from the conscious, through the subconscious and spiritual, through the surface of the ground and into years of terrestrial history, finally into the earth’s very core. It is a deeply personal, yet universal exercise and experience, the goal of which is to represent our constant and dynamic connection to the land we live on. Our minds might have begun their gradual ascent upwards into the cloud, but our feet remain firmly rooted in the land. Up to our ankles, our necks in the past, while gazing at the stars above.

LIGHT YEAR is an ongoing project presented by 3_Search (Leo Kuelbs Collection, Glowing Bulbs and John Ensor Parker) in collaboration with the DUMBO Improvement District and NYC DOT. Originally created in celebration of the United Nations’ declaration of 2015 as the Year of Light and Light Art, LIGHT YEAR has hosted the work of over 100 artists and curators from around the world.

Don’t live in NYC? Live Stream Light Year from Sept 1st, 2016 beginning at 6PM EST and ending at 6PM EST on Sept 2nd, 2016.