LIGHT YEAR 26: (IM)Personal


Curated by Boris Kostadinov, (IM)PERSONAL examines the meaning of the missing human character and the classic narratives in video/film. There are no specific human characters in this selection. Paradoxically at the same time, the videos tell specific stories related to specific life circumstances or some personal phenomenology of the artists.
The personification of the abstract or concrete object has its traditions in the film classic. We know how important is the objective world for David Lynch or how determinative is the place of nature in the films of Michelangelo Antonioni. In video art – the direct documentation, fragmentation and de-fragmentation of the sites are not only easier than in the film productions but it is a mandatory technique which most directly leads to the idea. This immediacy of the video makes the object looks heroic and it becomes the main character. Another important feature of these videos is the lack of dialogue and this is due not only the lack of human characters but more because of the original concepts – based on storyline and plot which do not rely on textual description.


Live Stream from June 1st, 2017 beginning at 12PM EST and ending at 12PM EST on June 2nd, 2017. 


Featuring work from: Bernd Oppl & Bogomir Doringer, Ibro Hasanovic, Christoph Srb & Yodas Dolphins (Karl Kilian), Kamen Stoyanov, Katharina Swoboda.

Curated by Boris Kostadinov,


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The Manhattan Bridge comes alive with “Light Year,” a one-year program of projected video art presented the First Thursday of every month. In honor of the United Nations’ declaration of 2015 as The Year of Light and Light Art, “Light Year” will include a well-rounded program of video artists from around the globe. Curated, created and presented by Leo Kuelbs Collection, John Ensor Parker and Glowing Bulbs (aka 3_Search), “Light Year” will reveal surprising connections and highlight Dumbo’s role as an important hub for technology and the arts. Digital and more traditional artists, well known and emerging, will have an opportunity to see their work presented on a large scale in NYC’s fastest evolving neighborhood, all on an internationally recognized architectural icon.  

The “Light Year” concept also invites viewers 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” will highlight shifting points of view and perspective, which impact meaning and interaction. The Curatorial team from 3_Search, will seek out and produce a variety of new programs designed for presentation in a public space, while also being at the forefront of public/video art content, collaboration and conceptual curiosity.

All of the collaborators, Curator Leo Kuelbs, Artist John Ensor Parker and Creative Team Glowing Bulbs (aka 3_Search) are based in Dumbo, and have been a part of almost every major projection event that has taken place on the Manhattan Bridge since 2010. Their daily interactions with the bridge and the neighborhood, as well as their internationally recognized creative achievements are at the heart of the “Light Year” concept and project. Working with the Dumbo BID and the NYC DOT, “Light Year” is an authentic representation of the neighborhood’s relationship to the city, as well as to the greater world. Presented to the public, every first Thursday, free of charge.