LIGHT YEAR 30: Open To Interpretation

Open To Interpretation is a publicly-presented video art show that explores the dynamic relationship between contemporary video art, sonic art, live performance and cultural reflection. Where does VJing end and video art begin? And how do music videos fit into this dynamic puzzle? Are there boundaries or just overlapping categories?

VJing can best be described as the act of selecting, playing and mixing different sources of visual media such as video files, live camera feeds, generated visuals, while simultaneously applying various effects, in synchronization to music, oftentimes alongside a live DJ. The characteristic that ties the variety of approaches together is the relationship between sound and light.

The term VJ itself dates back to the melting pot that was the New York club scene of the 1970s. Since then, as technology and music have evolved, so has what it means to be a VJ. The tools, techniques, the very culture itself keep changing. 40+ years and the scene is still very new and more relevant than ever.

Open To Interpretation showcases a variety of work from a variety of sources: Works that are exist between VJ content and Video Art; Music Videos that are made in a truly sound-reactive fashion; and works from Video Artists where sound/music are closely related to the images.

As the title suggests, everyone is welcome to explore and answer the questions for themselves!


Live Stream from October 5th, 2017 beginning at 12PM EST and ending at 12PM EST on October 6th, 2017. 


Featuring work by: Cyriac Harris, Yannick Jacquet (Legoman), CHiKA, Dev Harlan, Viktor Vicsek, Andrea Sztojánovits, Martin Daniel Gabor, and Albin Bousquet

Curated by Glowing Bulbs


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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.