Inspired by Nuit Blanche arts festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY completed its second biennial event year. Produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI), the spectacular outdoor visual light + art celebration took place along the Woodward Corridor on September 26 & 27, 2014. Attendees were once again immersed in a see of light originating through leading-edge installations of video projection, 3D video mapping, lasers, interactive design and engineering, and captivating performance.
In 2014, DLECTRICITY showcased over 35 internationally acclaimed, local, and emerging artists from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Attendance doubled from its inaugural year to 150,000 in 2014. The participants in the Light Bike Parade also more than doubled and drew over 3,000 individuals in this 4-mile route.
The name for DLECTRICITY 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 was 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.
PLEASE NOTE: DLECTRICITY will not happen again until 2016. Please stay tuned for the dates of the next festival.