Light Year lights up the Manhattan Bridge

Look up!  In honor of the United Nations’ declaration of 2015 as The Year of Light and Light Art, the Manhattan Bridge is coming alive with “Light Year.” Beginning May 7th, this year-long series of projected video art will be presented on the First Thursday of every month - presented by the DUMBO Improvement District and NYC DOT Art Program.

Curated, created and presented by a trio of DUMBO curators and Manhattan Bridge projection veterans -- Leo Kuelbs Collection, John Ensor Parker and Glowing Bulbs (aka 3_Search) -- “Light Year” aims to reveal surprising connections between the bridge, its neighborhood and the city, and highlight DUMBO’s role as an important hub for technology and the arts. Digital and more traditional, well known and emerging, artists from around the globe will have an opportunity to see their work presented on a large scale in NYC’s fastest evolving neighborhood, all on an internationally recognized architectural icon.


Light Year launches at May First Thursday with "Submerged!"

May 7, 2015

Curated by Leo Kuelbs and Karl Erickson
Presented by Leo Kuelbs Collection

“Submerged!” provides liquid visions of a multi-layered, every-shifting psychological seascape. Seven video + sound pieces based upon three short stories by co-curator Leo Kuelbs make up the 30 minute looping program presented at the edge of the East River, on the Northern Anchorage of the Manhattan Bridge. A group of visual and sonic-based artists from a variety of countries including Germany, Israel, Italy, USA, Portugal, Brazil and Hungary make “Submerged!” a truly international effort.  When represented from multiple cultural angles, a mysterious whole reveals itself, always changing, just beneath the viewable surface.

Artists Include: United VJs, Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke, Jim Ellis, Sam Marlow and Alon Cohen, Nicole Antebi and Laura Ortman, Kitzinger Gabor and Alex Hamadey, Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps and Fabio Fonda.

About NYC DOT Art: DOT Art partners with community-based organizations and artists to present temporary public art in neighborhoods across the City. Artists help transform the city's streets from ordinary to extraordinary with unexpected interventions - colorful murals, dynamic light projections and thought-provoking sculptures. Public plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, step streets, and sidewalks serve as canvases for art.