Light Year 58: Digital Fairy Tales: Dark Nights and Black Cats

Video Art Exhibit projected onto the Manhattan Bridge

Best place to view: from the Pearl Street Triangle

Curated by Leo Kuelbs with Sandra Ratkovic

Featuring new work by: Maria Naidyonova, Rani Messias, Kitzinger Gabor with Alex Hamadey, Radka Salcmannova, Juliane Pieper with Sea of Daisies, Ana Bilankov, Lea Brugnoli with Carsten Schneider, Sarah Oh-Mock with Kriss Roebling and Theory 

About Digital Fairy Tales:

Digital Fairy Tales: “Dark Nights and Black Cats” Is a new selection of dark tales taken from the Franz Xaver von Schoenwerth archive in Regensburg, Germany. Black cats dance as the doctors’ guts are exposed, frozen stockings thaw and death gets a new jacket of shadow, courtesy of the sun. Digital Fairy Tales: “Dark Nights and Black Cats” connects those who created the stories all those many years ago with a diverse selection of artists in our digital present. Collected in the early 19th century, these dark and twisted tales are perfect for a chilly winter’s eve.

The Digital Fairy Tales series uses old tales and themes as an initial context from which to consider our common humanity from our current digital realities and perspectives, through time, backwards and forwards. As we move further towards a “singularity” between AI and the terrestrial, the Digital Fairy Tales series seeks to remind us to not forget our shared histories and what it means to be a quality human being as we evolve towards the unknown.


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.