ALL OF THE LIGHTS: DAY FOR NIGHT
Here we are. Day for Night has arrived! It has been on everyone's minds this week. I can't W A I T to see everything. Yasssss. I'm so ready.
I hope all of y'all find a way into this once-in-a-lifetime experience. A lot of my friends have asked what the light component of the festival "looks like." Alex Czertwertynski is the festival's curator. I thought it would be nice (and good for me!) to throw together some of the art I have found through my research. I included the artist's summaries from Day for Night's light lineup pages and some various projects that stuck out to me.
Take a look at what I am most excited to experience below.
What are you all most excited for? Who are you excited to see? What is everybody wearing?
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"Day for Night is thrilled to feature Björk Digital, an immersive exhibition of digital and video works, resulting from Björk’s collaborations with some of the finest visual artists and programmers in the world.
Björk constantly and consistently challenges the status quo, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music, art and technology. The exhibition at Day for Night invites visitors to engage with her work through the latest in virtual reality (VR) technology. Björk believes that by offering a private theatrical experience, VR provides a unique way to connect with her audiences.
The exhibition will include Black Lake, Björk’s groundbreaking immersive film commissioned by the New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the work was directed by the Los Angeles-based filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang. Huang also collaborated with Björk on Stonemilker VR, a project that transports the viewer to a private performance of the first track from Björk’s critically acclaimed Vulnicura album. Shot on location on a remote, windswept beach in Iceland and viewable in full 360-degree VR, the viewer will be able to experience a one-to-one recital.
In Mouthmantra VR, Björk worked with director Jesse Kanda to capture intense footage from inside her mouth whilst she sings the title track, her teeth and tongue twisting and seemingly taking on a life of their own. Meanwhile, Notget VR, directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, presents Björk as a digital moth giantess transformed by stunning masks created by artist James Merry.
In addition to her installations, the famed Icelandic artist will perform DJ sets at the Friday night preview party as well as during the festival."
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"TUNDRA is a collaborative artistic collective, focused on creating spaces and experiences by making sound, visuals and emotions work together. We produce audiovisual performances and interactive installations. Our team involves musicians, sound engineers, programmers and visual artists. Our studio is based in Taiga community, Saint-Petersburg, Russia."
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AV&C + HOUZÉ
"Returning to Day for Night, AV&C’s Stephen Baker and David Bianciardi join forces again with long time collaborator, Vincent Houzé, to further explore the themes of light, volume and space that brought our 2015 collaboration, lull, to life. Our newest immersive environment, phases, introduces robotic mirror arrays, folding complex light patterns into an evolving dimensional kaleidoscope.
AV&C is a New York based experiential design and technology studio recognized for digital landmarks in the physical world. We create tightly integrated and responsive architectural interventions for brands, architects, and artists. Vincent Houzé uses modern computer graphics techniques to create interactive art, performances, and large-scale multimedia installations. His practice centers on dynamic simulations and systems in which simple rules give rise to complexity, richness, and realistic motion in his work."
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"Ezra Miller is a 20-year-old artist and designer from Chicago. He creates interactive, generative art on the Internet using WebGL. He is fascinated by reflections, refractions, moiré patterns, and feedback loops. He is currently a sophomore at NYU Gallatin where he is concentrating on Digital Art, with a focus on computer graphics, art, and design.
In 2013 Ezra started teaching himself how to code websites in HTML, and quickly progressed to learning how to use Processing to manipulate images. After taking part in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago‘s 21Minusprogram in 2014, Ezra became interested in learning how to create interactive websites using WebGL shaders and Three.js, which he continued to learn during his senior year of high school.
After graduating high school, Ezra spent a month working at OKFocus in New York City. He has been working freelance since 2015, and has a client list that includes Adult Swim, Travis Scott, Fractal Fantasy, Woolmark, and more.
After spending a year at Tufts University, Ezra made the decision to transfer to NYU in order to concentrate further on the study of Digital Art, as well as continue his freelance career. At only 20 years old, Ezra is excited to see what the future has in store for him as he continues to pursue his fascination with creating immersive digital experiences using code."
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"Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter is an Icelandic artist living in New York. She creates sculptures, wallmurals and installations with various materials, most notably human- and synthetic hair. Shoplifter use of fiber and found objects take on themes relating to vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty and popular myths, often touching on notions that come close to obsession or fetish.
In her work, Arnardóttir addresses the history of our obsession with hair and how it is an ongoing manifestation of creativity in contemporary culture. The work is often interwoven with performance on where she plays with the allure of the excessive, ranging from decorative and beautiful to haunting and horrific. The headpiece she created for Björk on her album cover of Medúlla in 2004 was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA in New York as apart of the Björk retrospective.
Together with A.V.A.F. she was commissioned by MoMA in 2008 to create a large window installation in New York and she represented Iceland, alongside Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, at the Liverpool Biennial in UK in September 2010. She received The Nordic Award in Textiles 2011 and was that same year awarded The Prins Eugen Medal for artistic achievement from the King and Royal Crown of Sweden.
She is currently working on numerous large scale installations in Australia, UK, USA and Iceland and Artnetrecently named Shoplifter one of 50 most exciting artists in Europe in 2015."
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"Robert Seidel began his studies in biology before transferring to the Bauhaus University Weimar to complete his degree in media design. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown in numerous international festivals, as well as at galleries and museums such as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, ZKM Karlsruhe, Art Center Nabi Seoul, Museum of Image and Sound São Pauloand MOCA Taipei. His works have been honored with various prizes, including the KunstFilmBiennale Cologne Honorary Award. In his work Seidel is interested in pushing the boundaries of abstracted beauty through cinematographic approaches, as well as ones drawn from science. By the organic interplay of various structural, spatial and temporal concepts, he creates a continuously evolving complexity. Out of this multifaceted perspective emerges a narrative skeleton, through which viewers connect to the artwork on an evolutionary-derived and phylogenetic-fixated symbolic level. Seidel lives and works in Berlin and Jena as artist, filmmaker as well as curator."
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"NONOTAK studio was conceived in 2011 with a commission from architects Bigoni-Mortemardto create a mural in the lobby of a public housing building in Paris. They work with light/sound installations and performance pieces to create ethereal, immersive and dreamlike environments which are built to envelope the viewer and distort reality. The pieces capitalize on Nakamoto’s approach to space & sound and Schipfer’s skill with kinetic visual and complex, geometric illustrations. With their selection for Forbes’ 30 under 30 Art/Design Europe plus installation projects with Hermes, Adidas, The Creators Project, STRP Biennale and acclaimed performances at Tate Britain, MUTEK, TodaysArt Japan, Scopitone Festival and more, Nonotak are set to continue pushing boundaries and wowing audiences all over the world."
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