DLECTRICITY Nighttime Outdoor Festival, produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., returns September 24-25

             Over 40 international, national and Detroit-based artists to transform the Cultural Center with cutting-edge outdoor art installations from giant illuminated sculptures to video projections on iconic museums and buildings     

             Outdoor festival focuses on safe visitor experiences in beautiful open, public spaces  

             Midtown Detroit, Inc. announces return of Light Bike Parade on September 25

DETROIT - Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) announced today over 40 artists from Detroit and across the globe who have been commissioned to create stunning art, light and technology installations for the highly-anticipated return of DLECTRICITY. Produced by MDI and presented by DTE Energy Foundation, the nighttime outdoor festival of art and light will take place in open, public spaces throughout the Cultural Center and Beacon Park, Sept. 24 and 25, 2021. DLECTRICITY is free to the public and will awe attendees with cutting-edge installations of light, video, performance, and other unexpected works of art. A complete list of artists and event details may be found here. Images are available here and video is available here.

The event is inspired by other international festivals known for bringing the best of contemporary light and technology-based arts to the streets of major cities from all over the world. DLECTRICITY features artists from Australia, France, Germany, Japan, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Detroit.

“DLECTRICITY celebrates the immense power of art and culture in bringing us together,” said Susan Mosey, executive director, Midtown Detroit, Inc. “We are grateful to our incredible partners whose support makes it possible to bring these world-class artists and projects to Detroit and produce a beautiful outdoor event that allows us to safely connect with art and one another.”  

DLECTRICITY 2021 marks the fourth edition and includes the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Public Library, Michigan Science Center, Scarab Club and the University of Michigan’s Rackham Building. DLECTRICITY has presented major light-based festivals in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

DLECTRICITY will host internationally acclaimed artists including Yann Nguema, Amanda Parer, among others to show a range of high-quality light-based projects. Artists include:

Joo Won Park | Electronic Music Ensembles| Interactive audiovisual installation using networked computers featuring ensemble performances and audience participation

Farah Al Qasimi | General Behavior | Video installation that depicts snatches of life drawn from the artist’s archive and occasionally, her own voice

Takayuki Mori | View Tracing #3 | Installation of “traced” sculptural objects activated by UV light

Tiff Massey | Get Big | Interactive audiovisual installation that immerses visitors in a real-time music video

42 Levels (Blair Adams) |The Interactive Magic Mirror | Step in front of the camera, wave your arms, do a dance and jump around in this interactive video installation with sound

Joana Stillwell | every day | Illuminated LED neon poetry

Won Ju Lim | Magic Lantern, Live | Live shadow play performance and installation based on Proust’s literary work, “In Search of Lost Time”

CMAP | Lantern Landscapes: The Past Hangs Low Above Us | 1/20th scale illuminated “neighborhood” based on the DLECTRICITY footprint as it looked decades ago, and video projection of an oral history about Detroit’s lights in the 1930s-40s | Presented in partnership with the Detroit Historical Society

Amanda Parer | Man | Giant illuminated inflatable sculpture of a contemplative figure

Yann Nguema | Parallels | Mapped video projection with sound and lasers featuring elaborate animations based on art objects from the Detroit Institute of Arts collection | Presented in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts

Abhishek Narula | All the light we cannot see | Interactive light installation using Bluetooth, wifi and cellular signals from nearby devices

Matt Sandbank's Shadow Factory | Still Life | Series of classic shadow puppet performances with live projection

Steven Gutierrez | Creatures are LIT | Interactive video projection that animates creatures designed online by visitors

Dumbworld Ltd. | Street Art Opera double bill | A double bill of two 10-minute animated opera video projections - "He Did What" & "Two Angels Play I Spy"

Wayne State University James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History | D’Madonnari Street Painting Festival | D’Madonnari will feature 20 public sidewalk works of art, using only chalk, created by WSU students and alumni from the Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University

Roland Graf/Assocreation; Michael Rodemer; Nick Tobier/EverydayPlaces | All-Nite Tetherball | Three LED-illuminated tetherball games installed on city light poles

Mentalgassi | Illuminated Balloon Heads – Detroit | Portraits of notable Detroiters on large, illuminated inflatable spheres

Yazmin Dababneh | YayaLand Takeover | Light installation of colorful dichroic lenses in partnership with Detroit Month of Design produced by Design Core Detroit

Corktown Studios | The Sidewalk Ballet | AKA: The Arkestral Procession | Interactive audiovisual mechanisms that turns visitors into walking instruments

Nature as Data (James McGrath & Gary Sinclair) | Ghost Trees | Video projection with sound created with LIDAR data from a eucalyptus tree that survived Australia’s wildfires

Scenocosme: Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt | Distances | Visitors virtually “touch” using interactive cameras and video projection

Mariana Carranza | ephemeral angels | Visitors see themselves waving glittering white wings in this interactive video installation with sound

Patrick Ethen | Pulsar | Circular data-driven generative light sculpture using thousands of animated LEDs

New D Media | The Bird | Mapped video projection of a historical and dreamlike journey inside the mind of Jazz legend Charlie “The Bird” Parker | Presented in partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Facing Change: Documenting America, Inc. | Documenting Detroit Projects | Video presentation of FCDA Documenting Detroit’s 2019 Photography Fellows

Logan Dandridge | Men who devour themselves in mirrors | Single-channel video installation with sound critiquing the intersection of athletics and race in the American south

Mike Gould | Illuminatus Lasers | Interactive laser “lunchboxes” let visitors to control the laser displays

Jake Fried | Brain Wave, Mind Frame and Night Vision | Three video projections of mesmerizing hand-drawn stop-motion animations

Angela Fraleigh and Josh Miller | Sound the Deep Waters | Interactive video projection that translates visitors’ secret messages into images using Victorian Flower Language

Orkhan Mammadov | OMA | The Idea of Saving Aesthetics | AI-generated animated rugs inspired by historical patterns, projected on the ground

Layne Hinton | Shadow Machines | Analog mechanical light sculptures with light projection

Allison Janae Hamilton | Waters of a Lower Register | Immersive 5-channel film installation using the material of land as a metaphor to reflect the range of emotions that the year 2020 manifested locally and globally | Presented in partnership with Creative Time

Stephanie Dinkins | Secret Garden | Video projection that invites viewers to step into a garden and encounter oral histories spanning generations of Black women | Presented by Stamps Gallery, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

Studio Erin Taylor | Eye of Detroit | Interactive light sculpture where visitors’ shadows form shapes in the “eye”

Tom Harman of LaserNet | Project Dali | Geometric-patterned overhead laser installation inspired by the artwork of Salvador Dali

Pneuhaus | Canopy | Visitors ride bicycles to activate large inflatable canopy sculptures

Bradley Scherzer | POOF! | Kid-friendly interactive geodesic dome experience: feed the POOF!

Ralph Taylor | Time to Celebrate! | Processional parade and performance of illuminated Caribbean costumes

“The Scene” with Nat Morris and friends | Programmed music stage and dance floor based on “The Scene,” Detroit’s popular televised dance show from the 1970s-80s

Beacon Park Stage

             Pato y Pato | Windows | Live audiovisual performance inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s 1869 poem “Les Fenêtres” (“Windows”)

             Tom Carey | Death of the Last Tree | Shadow Puppet Performance

             KESSWA and Shigeto | Is my mind a machine gun? | Live audiovisual performance harnessing the surreality of the collective experience and shifting of social consciousness.Originally presented by MOCAD in early 2021 as part of Daily Rush, the museum's online platform for new media and video art

MDI announced the Light Bike parade is returning on September 25. Starting at Traffic Jam & Snug Restaurant, the electrifying 3-mile route will include Midtown and Beacon Park. The public is invited to participate, and registration is now open here.

In partnership with the Freep Film Festival, DLECTRICITY attendees will be able to view “Awaken” at the Michigan Science Center.

With focus on a safe visitor experience, MDI is working closely with health and safety experts, including the global public health organization NSF International, to develop public health and safety protocols for DLECTRICITY. Face masks are encouraged for festival attendees with mask-required zones for specific experiences; hand sanitizing stations will be found throughout the festival footprint; and open spaces will encourage social distancing.

Detroit’s Cultural Center is an 83-acre site in the Midtown district. The space has some of the most preeminent institutions of Detroit, which together represent the highest density of cultural institutions per acre in the country outside of the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Prior to COVID, the Cultural Center attracted 2 million visitors per year.

DLECTRICITY is presented by DTE Energy Foundation. Sponsors include the William Davidson Foundation, Knight Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation, also key funders of the Cultural Center Planning Initiative. Additional sponsors include Midtown Detroit, Inc., Knight Arts Challenge, Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Humanities Council, Marc Schwartz and Farbman Group. Media partners include FOX 2 Detroit and WDET-FM.




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