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Light Year

DUMBO's own monthly video art exhibition -- projected onto the Manhattan Bridge.

About Light Year

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.

The collaborators–Leo Kuelbs, John Ensor Parker and Glowing Bulbs–are based in Dumbo, and have been a part of almost every major projection event that has taken place on the Manhattan Bridge since 2010. Their daily interactions with the bridge and the neighborhood, as well as their internationally recognized creative achievements are at the heart of the Light Year concept and project.

Since its launch in 2015, Light Year has hosted the work of over 200 artists and curators from around the world. It is presented to the public, every first Thursday, free of charge.

Light Year Through The Ages

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Light Year 41: Ephemeral Movements {September 6, 2018}

Curated by Aaron Reidel, Ma Yongfeng, and Leo Kuelbs. Featured artists: Alex Kuznetsov, Ma Yongfeng, Rex Detiger, Maria Naidyonova and Fabrizio Del Rincon.

“Ephemeral Movements” is a curated video art program exploring how new media and its distribution intersect with temporal, visual, and performance art. Events that had to be seen or experienced in person and in real time, can now be captured, broadcasted, consumed, and shared worldwide. Single acts, statements, and gestures can captivate and spark international attention, debates, opportunities. What was relevant and novel to a finite community can now have the same (or even higher) impact on those who never experienced it in person.


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Light Year 40: Sine Gallery {August 2, 2018}

Curated by Katie Hector and Patricia Brace. Featured artists: Jesus Benavente, Patricia Brace, Damien Davis, Dominique Duroseau, Joiri Minaya, and Yali Romagoza.

This collection of videos illuminates a cross section of contemporary American identity through the blending of personal narratives with constructed mythologies. This screening mediates the aesthetics of graphic imagery, performance, and artistic intervention in order to extract new perspectives on the human and environmental condition. The medium of projected light amplifies these variant conceptions of identity and transposes them to a colossal scale, embedding their imagery within the architecture of the Manhattan Bridge. DUMBO, New York City becomes the substrate and the stage on which these metaphysical conversations take place as individual experience shifts into the public forum.


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Light Year 39: Waves {July 5, 2018}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs. Featured artists: by Johanna Keimeyer, Mattias Fritsch, Harald V. Uccello & Mai T. Segura, Nicola Rubinstein and Thomas D. Rotenberg.

“Waves” uses water and flow as the basis for its content selection. The Manhattan Bridge is an important object spanning the East River as it opens into the Atlantic Ocean. The East River is actually a tidal Basin, meaning its current flows up and down river, depending on the Ocean’s current. These basic facts are often forgotten as the millions move through the area. “Waves” places water and flow in the center stage and reminds us of water’s absolutely crucial place in our very existence.


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Light Year 38: Straight Through the Wall {June 7, 2018}

Curated by Nic Koller & Jenn Ruff. Featured Artists: Tracy Abbott Szatan, Sofia Theodore-Pierce, Jenn Ruff, Alba Soto & Óscar Vías, Raven Jackson and Alexandra Neuman.

As people, we constantly project our understanding of the world outward. Individual understandings intermix to create a greater shared reality as we come together to form the cities we live in. Still, human knowledge cannot be separated from the human experience. Different realities exist within the scope of our cumulative understanding. With this in mind, STRAIGHT THROUGH THE WALL asked various artists what they want to say about the experience of being human. Here we present their views, intermixed, connected yet separate.


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Light Year 37: Constellations {May 3, 2018}

Curated by Albert Chau. Featured Artists: Ben Voldman, Cindy Suen, Drew Shields, Irene Feleo, Jean Jullien / Nicolas Jullien, John Balestrieri, Josh Cochran, Matt Huynh, Michael C. Hsiung, Min Liu, Rose Wong, Taezoo Park, Taili Wu / Robin Ellis, Will Herring and Xaviera Lopez.

Beyond light and space, these stars tell stories of a time and place. No matter how far apart we are, we're all connected, like this constellation of artists.


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Light Year 36: Motion by A.I.R. Gallery {April 5, 2018}

Curated by Negin Sharifzadeh. Featuring works by Setare Arashloo, Melissa Brown, TaniaFerie & Negin Sharifzadeh, Oscar-Nominated Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter and Jay Moorthy.

A.I.R. Gallery chose its member Negin Sharifzadeh as the curator for this exhibition. The artists were selected from A.I.R. Gallery members, as well as artists from the animation industry.

The concept of the short films vary: inspecting the non-linear essence of time; re-examining marginalized and non-hegemonic accounts of history; a surreal and playful trip to a casino; a beautifully delineated father-son relationship; a comedic portrayal of women from past decades.


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Light Year 35: Digital Fairy Tales--Chinese Stories {March, 2018}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs Collection and Wing Lu with Able Sun. Featured artists: Rani Messias + ANNA LEEVIA, Suguru Ikeda + Isis Salam, Nicole Antebi + Xiren Wang, Lian Mengzhuo + Kinga Toth, Nina Sobell + Laura Ortman, Laszlo 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.

“Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories,” which considers Chinese folk tales from four different perspectives: origins of the universe, persistence, love, and eternity