Tonight opens the 2nd Annual New York “Nuit Blanche” in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. As we did during it’s inauguration last year (when we were also participants) BSA proudly supports this public show of light by some of today’s more talented conceptual and technical artists in the street. With more than 60 separate installations and performances all over the place, it is an event open to the public and it claims public space as our space for creativity, interactivity, and community. Despite threats of spotty rain, we expect the crowd to pour in and have a blast tonight.
“We want things to be visually arresting, some things that people stay and linger at, while other people look for a moment and move on,” declares Ethan Vogt, as he lead a bunch of us around some of the sites last night to preview.
“Hey, you. Wanna buy some classified information? Hey, you. Wanna buy a get rich quick scheme? Hey, you. Wanna buy a view from the top? Hey, you. Wanna buy the hottest ticket in town? Hey, you. Wanna buy some culture? Hey, you. Wanna buy some prime investment property?,” says the seductive lipsticked mouth by Diller Scofidio to welcome people off the boat from Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Diller Scofidio. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Peters’ flourescent light sculpture mimics the playful childrens’ park it illuminates, straddling the fence. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“We wanted to save his life….The helicopter lands and the flight medic jumps out, and we’re like ‘throw this guy on the bird’ ” – “Veterans Flame Greenpoint” by Krzysztof Wodiczko.
Krzysztof Wodiczko, an early projection artist known for his large-scale work on architectural facades and monuments throughout the world, brings a very personal projection using the recorded voices gathered around a flame. The stories told are from a combination of American and Polish veterans serving in Afghanistan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Roland from “The Company” stands amidst his work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Roland and Andrea, of “The Company” will be running their indoor space installation of lights that will react to frequencies emmitted by live performance and recorded industry. Says Andrea, “We developed a custom software that triggers the lights as they are being affected by the sound. We are going to have a lot of performers as well as found industrial sounds – each light lantern is connected to one specific frequency.
“We use DMX controllers, 76 channels – we can mix, and crossfade, we can chose the right kind of the movement of light but in the end it is being determined by the sound,” Andrea of The Company. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BSA will bring you images of the event but if you are in the neighborhood, take your own and send them to us! It’s always great to see what you are up to.