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Light Year

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

This Month’s Installation:

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

Light Year 41
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.


Light Year 40
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.


Light Year 39
Light Year 39: Waves {July 5, 2018}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs.

Featured artists: 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.


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

Curated by Nic Koller and 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.

Featured artists: 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.


Light Year 35
Light Year 35: Digital Fairy Tales - Chinese Stories {March 1, 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, and 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


Light Year 34
Light Year 34: Transcendent Light {February 1, 2018}

Curated by Steve Pavlovsky.

Featured artists: Light Show Sphinx (Sjaco Karmelk / Piet Koster), Sofy Yuditskaya, Sarah Zucker, George Stadnik, Valeria Divinorum, Bobby Mesaros, and Steve Pavlovsky.


Light Year 33
Light Year 33: Textural Psychedelia {January 4, 2018}

Curated by Thomas D. Rotenberg.

Featured artists: David Hall, Cait Carvahlo, and Ronan Devlin.


Light Year 32
Light Year 32: Addressing Home {December 7, 2017}

Concept by Leo Kuelbs.

Organized by Jesse Jagtiani.

Featured artists: Evy Yiran Li, Hiroshi Haga, Wentian Ma, Wang Xi, Anamaria Amador, Junying Lu, Ziyun Tao, Daniel Ahn, Kasey Clark, Yang Yang, Xijuan Zhang, and Jesse Jagtiani.


Light Year 31
Light Year 31: Identity 0.0 {November 2, 2017}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs and Aaron Riedel.

Featured artists: Radka Salcmannova + Alex Hamadey, Sarah Mock + Daniela Imhoff, Thomas D. Rotenberg + Theologian, Sarah Trouche, Naormi Meijia Wang, Mai T. Segura + Harald V. Uccello + Alex Hamadey, Kinga Toth + Normal Gergely, Vadim Schäffler, and Richard Jochum + Xiren Wang.


Light Year 30
Light Year 30: Open to Interpretation {October 5, 2017}

Curated by Glowing Bulbs.

Featured artists: Cyriac Harris, Yannick Jacquet (Legoman), CHiKA, Dev Harlan, Viktor Vicsek, Andrea Sztojánovits, Martin Daniel Gabor, and Albin Bousquet.


Light Year 29
Light Year 29: We the Hell Am I {September 7, 2017}

Curated by Erin Joyce.

Featured artists: Dylan McLaughlin, Nicholas Galanin, Liss LaFleur, and Andrew Erdos.


Light Year 28
Light Year 28: Brooklyn-Based {August 3, 2017}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs.

Featured artists: Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps, and Alon Cohen, Visakh Menon + Heavy Birds, Thomas D. Rotenberg + Jarboe, Nicole Antebi + Laura Ortman, Integrated Visions + Miss Natasha Enquist, Daniela Kostova + Anna Leevia, and Naormi Meijia Wang + John Terhorst.


Light Year 27
Light Year 27: Motion {July 6, 2017}

Curated by Azzah Sultan and Chloé Angiolini.

Featured artists: John Bjerklie, Aya Momose, Rachel Monosov, Azzah Sultan, and Lior Tamim.


Light Year 26
Light Year 26: (IM)PERSONAL {June 1, 2017}

Curated by Boris Kostadinov.

Featured artists: Bernd Oppl + Bogomir Doringer, Ibro Hasanovic, Christoph Srb + Yodas Dolphins (Karl Kilian), Kamen Stoyanov, and Katharina Swoboda.


Light Year 25
Light Year 25: coGalleries Presents {May 4, 2017}

Curated by coGalleries.

Featured artists: Annique Delphine, Berna Reale, and Nina Schönefeld.


Light Year 24
Light Year 24: Passenger Moment {April 6, 2017}

Curated by Luchia Meihua Lee, Executive Director, Taiwanese American Arts Council.

Featured artists: Meng Chih Chiang, Jeremiah Teipen, Poyen Wang, Chinchih Yang, and Rosalie Yu + Alon Chitayat.


Light Year 23
Light Year 23: Digital Fairy Tales - Album Two {March 2, 2017}

Curated by Sandra Ratkovic and Leo Kuelbs.

Featured artists: Keegan Luttrell + Justin King, Daniela Kostova + Anna Leevia, Daniela Imhoff, Kristian Pedersen + Elke Brauweiler, Anton Marini + Danielle Ezzo, Boris Kralj + Matresanch, and Michael McGuirk + Alex Hamadey.


Light Year 22
Light Year 22: Neo-Past-Forward v.1.0 {February 2, 2017}

Curated by Lee Wells.

Featured artists: Bibbe Hansen, dNASAb, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Lee Wells, Patrick Lichty, Raymond Salvatore Harmon, and Sean Capone.


Light Year 21
Light Year 21: Peering Behind Appearances {January 5, 2017}

Curated by Erin Dziedzic.

Featured artists: Janaye Brown, Craig Drennen, Kevin Jerome Everson, Victoria Fu, and Lilly McElroy.


Light Year 20
Light Year 20: Attachments {December 1, 2016}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs.

Featured artists: Matl Findel, Miklos Buk, and Danielle de Picciotto.


Light Year 19
Light Year 19: Advances and Retreats {November 3, 2016}

Curated by John Ensor Parker and Sarah Walko.

Featured artists: Jaanika Peerna, Monika Bravo, Heather M. O'Brien, Hamra Abbas, and Andrew Thomas Huang.


Light Year 18
Light Year 18: Digital Fairy Tales - Album One {October 6, 2016}

Curated by Sandra Ratkovic and Leo Kuelbs.

Featured artists: Rani Messias + Kinga Toth , Sarah Mock + Daniela Imhoff, Richard Jochum + Kriss Roebling, Integrated Visions + Miss Natasha Enquist, Radka Salcmannova, Thomas Rotenberg, and Josh Graham.


Light Year 17
Light Year 17: Earth Revisited {September 1, 2016}

Concept/Curated by Leo Kuelbs.

Featured artists: Nina Sobell + Laura Ortman, Danielle de Picciotto + Lary 7, Sarah Walko + Justin King, Laszlo Zsolt Bordos, Vadim Schaeffler + Pablo Paolo Kilian, Eike Berg + Jarboe, Shir Lieberman, and Jonathan Phelps + Alon Cohen.


Light Year 16
Light Year 16: This Land Is Your Land {August 4, 2016}

Curated by Erin Joyce Projects.

Featured artists: Sama Alshaibi, Basma Alsharif, Raven Chacon, Nicholas Galanin, and Steven J. Yazzie.


Light Year 15
Light Year 15: Electrique {July 7, 2016}

Curated by The Hollows Artspace.

Featured artist: Sofia Theofilaktidis.


Light Year 14
Light Year 14: Japan Parade {June 2, 2016}

Curated by Kyoko Sato.

Featured artists: Kenji Kojima, Momoyo Torimitsu, Kenji Toma, Mami Kosemura, Motoko Wada, ON megumi Akiyoshi, Who-Fu, and Yuki Ideguchi + Suguru Ikeda + Masatora Goya.


Light Year 13
Light Year 13: The Body Prevails {May 5, 2016}

Curated by Tamas Veszi and Daniela Kostova.

Featured artists: Andrea Wolf, Jennifer Dalton, Cliff Evans, Eva Davidova, George Peck, Adam Frelin, and Andras Borocz.


Light Year 12
Light Year 12: One If By Land, Two If By Sea {April 7, 2016}

Curated by Albert Chau.

Featured artists: Adrian K, Alex Kwan, Cindy Suen, Aya Kakeda + Deodato Pangandoyon, Marka27, Michael C. Hsiung, Rose Wong, Stickymonger, Taezoo Park, and Scott Albrecht.


Light Year 11
Light Year 11: Decomposition and Transcendence {March 3, 2016}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs with Aaron Riedel.

Featured artists: Radka Salcmannova, MarieVic + Theo Croker, Sarah Trouche, Thomas D. Rotenberg + Jarboe, Ryan Uzilevsky + Adam Harding, Zoe Duchesne + Alex Hamadey, and Naormi Meijia Wang + John Terhorst.


Light Year 10
Light Year 10: Subjectivity Inc. {February 4, 2016}

Curated by Szilvi Német.

Featured artists: Ádám Ulbert (H/NL), Natalija Vujošević (ME), Iván Rohonyi Demkó (H), Gergő Kovács (H), Tamás Komoróczky (H), and Rui Hu (USA).


Light Year 9
Light Year 9: Silence! {January 7, 2016}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs.

Featured artists: Noah Klersfeld, Tomas Eller, Kim Joon, Yi Zhou, Eelco Brand, and Christine Schulz.


Light Year 8
Light Year 8: New Video Art from Berlin {December 3, 2015}

Curated by Daniela Imhoff.

Featured artists: Kristian Paustian, Laszlo Antal, Daniela Imhof, Sarah Mock, Anna Maysuk, Franz Reimer, Henrike Naumann, and Franziska Kabisch.


Light Year 7
Light Year 7: Decomposing Hierarchies {November 5, 2015}

Curated by Curated by Sarah Walko.

Works by Marble House Project 2015 Residents: Anne Katrine-Senstad, Catherine Page Harris, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Margeaux Walter, and Jeannette Ehlers.


Light Year 6
Light Year 6: Open to Interpretation {October 1, 2015}

Curated by Glowing Bulbs/Kiégő Izzók.

Featured artists: Cyriak, Yannick Jacquet, CHi KA, Dev Harlan, Viktor Vicsek, Attaray Visual, Martin Daniel Gabor, Dawn Of Man, Albin Bousquet, Nick Cobby, and VJ DrMojo.


Light Year 5
Light Year 5: Chimera Presents {September 3, 2015}

Curated by Patrick Urwyler.

Featured artists: Áron Kútvölgyi-Szabó (Hungary), Tsuyoshi Anzai (Japan), Ádám Szabó (Hungary), and Peter Aerschmann (Switzerland).


Light Year 4
Light Year 4: Transflexion - The Net of Mirrors {August 6, 2015}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs and Eike Berg.

Soundtrack created by Alexander Hacke (New York/Berlin).

Featured artists: Bordos.ArtWorks (Budapest), Danielle de Picciotto (New York/Berlin), Helga Griffiths (Darmstadt), Thomas Lüer (Frankfurt), Robert Seidel (Berlin), and Caspar Stracke (Helsinki).


Light Year 3
Light Year 3: Depth of Field {July 2, 2015}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs with Farkas Fulop.

Featured artists: Thomas Draschan, Glowing Bulbs, John Ensor Parker, Vadim Schaeffler, and Ryan Uzilevsky.


Light Year 2
Light Year 2: Crest and Trough {June 4, 2015}

Curated by John Ensor Parker and Sarah Walko.

Featured artists: Ella Condon (Australia), Joao Penoni (Brazil, South America), Klaus Pamminger (Austria, Europe), Marina Zurkow (North America, USA), Paul Miller (Antarctica), Shahram Entekhabi (Iran, Asia), and Zina Saro-Wiwa (Nigeria, Africa).


Light Year 1
Light Year 1: Submerged! {May 7, 2015}

Curated by Leo Kuelbs and Karl Erickson.

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