DLECTRICITY unveils artists for 2017 festival of art and light in Detroit

Rashaad Newsome, King of Arms, 2013. Mass processional performance. Courtesy of Rashaad Newsome Studio.

DLECTRICITY unveils 35 artists for Detroit’s nighttime festival of art and light

September 22–23, 2017

Various locations
Detroit, MI

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DLECTRICITY presented by DTE Energy Foundation, the stunning nighttime outdoor festival of art and light, returns to Midtown Detroit this fall and will showcase the work of 35 international, national and local artists who have been commissioned to illuminate the cultural corridor with cutting-edge installations of light, video, performance, and other unexpected works of art on September 22 to 23, 2017, spanning from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). A complete list of artists may be found here. The event is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc.

The event features artists from Australia, the UK, Japan and Germany, as well as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Baltimore, and Cleveland. Detroit’s own art community will be well represented. 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 like Paris, Sydney, Toronto, Minneapolis and New York.

“DLECTRICITY celebrates the incredible arts and culture found in Detroit and attracts the highest caliber of artists from around the world,” stated Susan Mosey, executive director, Midtown Detroit, Inc.  “We are fortunate to have such tremendous partners whose support makes it possible to bring these world-class artists and works to Midtown Detroit which has become an international arts destination.”

DLECTRICITY will host internationally acclaimed artists including Rashaad Newsome, Pope.L, Klip Collective, among others to the festival to show a range of high-quality light-based projects, video projections and more.

Artists include:
Rashaad Newsome: Shade Composition performance, King of Arms procession, and a newly commissioned video / DIA
Pope.L: Reenactor, video with live music performances / Detroit Historical Museum
Klip Collective: The Librarian, 3D video mapping projection / Detroit Public Library
Amanda Parer: Intrude, inflatable light sculptures / Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden at the College for Creative Studies
Jennifer Steinkamp: Orbit 10, three channel video projection / Michigan Science Center
Martin Creed: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, neon sculpture / MOCAD
Dawn of Man: Graffiti Grandma, mobile video projection, mobile projection throughout Midtown
Apetechnology: The Shadows of Slendrotron (The Monkey God’s Great Leap), robotic shadow puppet show / Detroit Institute of the Arts – Outside the Detroit Film Theatre
Cuppetelli + Mendoza: in::Sequence, audiovisual sculpture / Woodward/Warren Corner
D MET DESIGN: {The Amazing!} House of Fog: il Cinema Nebbioso, architectural + video installation / “Electric Park” Family-Friendly Zone at the DIA
Michaela Mosher: PRIMETIME, curated video art and performance show / The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
Facing Change: Documenting DETROIT, a documentary photo slideshow/ The Wright Museum
Bluewater Technologies: LUMINARIA MAGNA – “GREAT LIGHT”, large-Scale LED wall and sound station / Woodward/Warren Corner

In addition, 22 artists were selected from the DLECTRICITY open call, including:
Kelley Bell: Baltimore, MD / Project: Carnival Love Wall / Location:  Meyer L. Prentis Cancer Center
Mayer + Empl: Munich, Germany / Project:  Architectural Space Intervention / Location:  Mike Kelly Mobile Homestead, MOCAD
Philipp Artus: Berlin, Germany / Project:  FLORA / Location: Kresge Court, Detroit Institute of Arts
Akiko Nakayama: Japan / Project:  Alive Painting / Location: Cathedral Church of St. Paul
E.S.P. TV: Brooklyn, NY / Project: You Don’t Say Much, Do You? (Detroit) / Location: MOCAD
Jasmine Murrell: Brooklyn, NY / Project:  Ancient Future / Immortal Uterus / Location: The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

DLECTRICITY debuted in 2012 and is chaired by Marc Schwartz, Founder, Art Detroit Now. The DLECTRICITY Curatorial Committee, including Detroit-based curators and arts professionals, is chaired by George N’Namdi, Owner, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art.

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