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Remember the Festival of Ideas for a New City? Among the incredible offerings of talks, openings, innovative street fair activities and, of course, posters, one of the more visually striking happenings was the transformation of the facade of the New Museum and parts of the surrounding neighborhood by a group of artists who work with projection and light. Tomorow night, the people who brought us Flash:Light NYC are bringing together an even greater collection of artists to light up the industrial waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn for the second year of Bring to Light: Nuit Blanche New York.
This free, nighttime festival of ephemeral public art will showcase the work of some of the established auteurs of this artistic genre, such as Krzysztof Wodiczko, alongside architects, such as Diller, Scofidio and Renfro (who are reprising their 1993 video “Soft Sell,” which critiques the re-development of Times Square in a way provocatively resonant with changes currently underway in Greenpoint) and a long list of emerging talent. The entire spectacle intends to encourage spectators “to re-imagine public space and civic life.” The Omnibus team, proud civic partner of the event, is particularly excited to check out the urban interventions of Chris Woebkin, the industrial photography of Nathan Kensinger and the joyful rainbows of Reid Bingham and Sean McIntyre.
The festival runs from 6pm until 1am, Saturday, October 1st, one block from the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and Franklin Street. For more information, head to bringtolightnyc.org.
The views expressed here are those of the authors only and do not reflect the position of The Architectural League of New York.