Art + Culture

Light Year 35: Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories

LIGHT YEAR 35: Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories

Video Art Exhibit projected onto the Manhattan Bridge
Thursday, March 1
6 – 10pm
In the Pearl Street Triangle (Water St & Pearl St.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Curated by Leo Kuelbs and Wing Liu with Able Sun.

Featuring works by Rani Messias + Anna Leevia, Suguru Ikeda + Isis Salam, Nicole Antebi + Xiren Wang, Lian Mengzhuo + Kinga Toth, Nina Sobell + Laura Ortman, Làszlò Zsolt Bordos, Junjie Zhang + Theory, Vivian Qin

“Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories” is the third installment of the Digital Fairy Tales series, which has appeared in multiple cities since 2016. The purpose of the series is to present archetypal material from different cultures and ask artists to respond in search of cultural commonalities. Also, as the times the tales were created in (represented on all levels) is so far
removed from this new, digital era, we seek to create bridges through time: between people and epochs.

The first set of Digital Fairy Tales (Album One and Two) is based upon Germanic stories collected in the late 18th/early 19th Century and was represented by a set of 14 videos created by over two-dozen artists. And now we continue with “Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories,” which considers Chinese Folk Tales from four different perspectives: Origins of the universe, Persistence, Love, and Eternity.

Eight teams of artists (visual+sound) from different cultures will each take one area of emphasis and represent it in their own collaborative manner. By pairing and presenting artists from different backgrounds and cultures, we hope to strengthen bridges between cultures, as well as to illuminate commonalities in ways unique to the individuals and this amazing circumstance.

Artists are asked to forego verbal language in exchange of sonic and visual representations of their concepts regarding the chosen area of emphasis, while exploring and developing contemporary technique. How has the essence of what it means to be a person, through the shared creation of myths, evolved through time? By asking artists today to consider these ancient common tales from China, we can experience collaborative bridge building through time and between people of different races and eras. “Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories” creates contemporary windows through which we can view the common creations of the past.

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 250 artists and curators from around the world.