LIGHT YEAR 42: HYPERREAL
Hyperreality is a condition in which what is real and what is fiction are seamlessly blended together. «Hyperreal» is an international art video program that presents artist videos showing slippery realities and sliding virtualities.
The pieces of the show gather around the idea that reality and fiction are only separated from each other by a very thin and blurry line. From performance art to 3D animation, going through video montage and endoscopic explorations, the selected artworks are a demonstration of the many ways fiction and reality can intricate each other. It is about the shapes we see, the scale we evaluate things with, the characters we create, the stories we tell.
At a time saturated with mixed information and propaganda on a world scale, it make sense to take a time to think about what is reality and how fiction can sometimes be part of it. Displayed in the public space, on the monumental architecture of Manhattan Bridge, the artworks invite themselves as disruptive guests in the passer-by’s reality.
Curated by Kim Doan Quoc
Live Stream from October 4th, 2018 beginning at 12PM EST and ending at 12PM EST on October 5th, 2018.
Featured Artists: Dario Alva, Zoé Brunet-Jailly, Kira DeCoudres, Fornax Void, Katia Grokhovsky, Paul Kusnierek-Numérobé, Malo Lacroix, Raphaël Moreira Gonçalves, Wild Torus, and Adam Zaretsky
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About LIGHT YEAR:
The Manhattan Bridge comes alive with LIGHT YEAR, an ongoing program of projected video art presented every First Thursday of the month since 2015. Through curated exhibitions, LIGHT YEAR connects viewers to a global selection of contemporary video and technology-based work. The exhibitions are a destination for many. Thousands have gathered to see work, their own and that of others. Meanwhile, numerous passers-by pause their commute to engage the surprising projections. The result is that many people have used LIGHT YEAR as a means to develop a new relationship with the bridge, the triangle and DUMBO itself, as a unique and active community space. This relationship also translates to the overall art community, in conversation and participation, the world over. LIGHT YEAR’s online live stream takes the experience from the DUMBO streets to the world, as do the numerous photos and videos continually posted on social media.
LIGHT YEAR was founded on the concept of building bridges, increasing communication and connection, and the Manhattan Bridge is the source of that inspiration. To date, hundreds of creative participants from every continent have been a part of LIGHT YEAR. The concept also invites participants to consider the confluence of all types of Video Art, Public Art and Experimental Cinema. Context changes meaning, the media and site become as crucial to the message as the content. As technology and science continue their rapid evolutionary tracks, LIGHT YEAR presents shifting points of view and perspective, which impact meaning and interaction.
LIGHT YEAR collaborators, Curator Leo Kuelbs, John Ensor Parker and Creative Team Glowing Bulbs have deep roots in Dumbo, as well as contributing to the international art world. Working with the Dumbo BID and the NYC DOT, LIGHT YEAR is an authentic representation of the neighborhood’s relationship to the city and the world beyond and is presented to the public, every first Thursday, free of charge.