Inspired by Nuit Blanche arts festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY, Detroit’s newest nighttime festival of art + light, returns this fall to present 35 local, national and international artists whose cutting edge works of art, lighting design and performance will illuminate the historic architecture of Midtown. For two electrifying evenings, Midtown Detroit will be enveloped in a sea of light as a number of artists converge on Detroit to “light up” buildings and city spaces in Midtown using various mediums that meld sci-fi technology with Victorian spectacle on a grand scale.
The name for the event was inspired by Detroit’s very own Electric Park which was located on the site of what is now Gabriel Richard Park. From 1906 until 1928, Detroit Electric Park served as a major attraction, beginning as a trolley park and later expanding into an amusement park with the development of electrification.
The DLECTRICITY 2014 Curatorial Committee is led by Michelle Perron of the College for Creative Studies, and also consists of Marc Schwartz, acting chairman of Art Detroit Now, Marsha Miro of MOCAD, Larry Baranski of the Detroit Institute of Arts, George N’Namdi of the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and Frank Arvan of FX Architecture. The Curatorial Committee is charged with responsibility of selecting artists to create projects that will be strategically placed in high impact areas by the hub institutions in Midtown including: the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, MOCAD and the C.H. Wright Museum of African American History.
DLECTRICITY aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for stimulation and discussion about the impact of art on public spaces. Midtown’s Woodward Corridor will be transformed into temporary exhibitions, inviting the public to rediscover these spaces and see them in a new light.
DLECTRICITY is scheduled this fall for Friday, September 26, from 7 pm – 12 am and Saturday, September 27, from 7 pm – 12 am.