Art + Culture

Light Year 30: Open to Interpretation

LIGHT YEAR 30: Open to Interpretation

Video Art Exhibit projected onto the Manhattan Bridge
Thursday, October 5
7 – 10pm
In the Pearl Street Triangle (Water St & Pearl St.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Curated by Glowing Bulbs

Artists: Cyriac Harris, Yannick Jacquet (Legoman), Chi Ka, Dev Harlan, Viktor Vicsek, Andrea Sztojánovits, Martin Daniel Gabor and Albin Bousquet

“Open to Interpretation” is a publicly-presented video art show that explores the dynamic relationship between contemporary video art, sonic art, live performance and cultural reflection.

Where does VJing end and Video Art begin? And how do music videos fit into this dynamic puzzle? Are there boundaries or just overlapping categories? VJing can best be described as the act of selecting, playing and mixing different sources of visual media such as video files, live camera feeds, generated visuals, while simultaneously applying various effects, in synchronization to music, oftentimes alongside a live DJ. The characteristic that ties the variety of approaches together is the relationship between sound and light.

The term VJ itself dates back to the melting pot that was the New York club scene of the 1970s. Since then, as technology and music have evolved, so has what it means to be a VJ. The tools, techniques, the very culture itself keep changing. 40+ years and the scene is still very new and more relevant than ever. “Open to Interpretation” showcases a variety of work from a variety of sources: Works that are exist between VJ content and Video Art; Music Videos that are made in a truly sound-reactive fashion; and works from Video Artists where sound/music are closely related to the images. All of these will be presented, large-scale, on the iconic Manhattan Bridge as part of the LIGHT YEAR Video Art Projection series.

As the title suggests, everyone is welcome to explore and answer the questions for themselves!

LIGHT YEAR is an ongoing project presented by 3_Search (Leo Kuelbs Collection, Glowing Bulbs and John Ensor Parker) in partnership with the DUMBO Improvement District and NYC DOT. Originally created for the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in celebration of the United Nations’ declaration of 2015 as the Year of Light and Light Art, LIGHT YEAR has become an international project, with presentations in DUMBO on the First Thursday of every month, as well as in Berlin, and online. Since its launch, LIGHT YEAR  has hosted the work of over 150 artists and curators from around the world.