Guide to Bring to Light 2011
Let Greenpointers help you navigate this weekend’s Bring to Light Festival! If you missed it last year, don’t miss it again. It promises to be bigger and better than last year, which is saying a whole lot. Last year was mind-blowing!
WHAT IS IT?
“Bring to Light is a free nighttime public festival of art in New York City that takes place simultaneously with “nuit blanche” events in cities around the world…BTL will transform streets, parks and the industrial waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn set against dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline.”
With over 50 artists creating site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection art, you might experience some sensory overload. Let’s hold hands; we can get through this…
Urban Fills’ Locutorium references primitive childhood “cup-phones,” inviting users to converse with each other anonymously via opposing fences equipped with a series of wide-mouthed cones connected by a network of crisscrossed, lit cables. (54) PARK
Swing on Amanda Long’s Swings. Connected to a live feed, it encourages audience members to swing while their motion is recorded, manipulated and projected onto an adjacent wall creating a mural of figurative abstractions. (04) PARK
Eli Keszler’s Psaltery transforms one of Greenpoint’s most dramatic interiors into a monumental acoustic installation. The network of piano wires attached by motorized beaters turns the entire building into an instrument. (21) WAREHOUSE
Glowing Homeless is a neon outline of the human form resting on a park bench. With the use of attractive materials Fannie Allié reverses the normal reaction of avoidance and draws people towards the form on the bench. (24)
Nathan Kensinger’s The Forgotten City is a projection of 50 photographs taken between 2007 and 2011 that documents the hidden rooms and passages of the Greenpoint Terminal warehouses after having survived a catastrophic fire in 2006. (39) WAREHOUSE
Magazine consists of several road flares positioned amongst the India Street Pier, burning inside a series of glass bottles by Jules Marquis. (SECRET LOCATION)
The Darkness Map Project at the festival center is a virtual map recording the city’s spectrum of darkness and light. FESTIVAL CENTER
Look out for unapproved BTL installations like Nuit du Poulet Blanche, “where the chicken crosses the road” (66 Greenpoint Ave)
All this stimulation is going to leave you spendy, hungry & thirsty.
Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint) will be having $4 pints of house beer all day & night, plus get your head chopped off right out front…
Veronica People’s Club (105 Franklin), the HQ of BTL brainstorming will have video installations and $1 off new fall cocktails! (M)
6:30pm – First Seating Pre Fixe Special at Le Gamin (108 Franklin) while Company Stage’s performance TIGUE solitary and time – breaking waves begins. (F)
Manawi Thorn, Sludgehammer, Haribo w/guest DJ Self Hate @ The Pentagon (251 N. Henry) 9pm, “Fucked up music for fucked up people” RSVP
Official BTL Afterparty @ Lulu’s (113 Franklin) 12am, featuring Steps – Kyle M. & Bryce Hackford.
Water: Take special East River Ferry Service between India St, 34th St, & No. 7th every 15 min, between 8:30pm-Midnight -or- Be a VIP aboard a fancy pants cocktail cruise that will take you from the No. 6th Pier to the statue of liberty for sunset views. Land at India St. Word on the street: famous baseball player will be on board. More info.
Train: G train to Greenpoint is replaced by shuttle bus every 10 min. –or- take L train to Bedfordand stroll along the waterfront down Kent Ave.
Bike: Bike parking will be sponsored by Silk Road Cycles at Franklin & Milton -or- Do what everyone did last year and hang your bike on the park fence.
Car: Don’t drive! If you take a taxi, get dropped off at the epicenter, Franklin & Milton.
Complete artist list, map and schedule visit Bring to Light NYC.