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DLECTRICITY is Detroit’s newest festival of art + light. Following the Nuit Blanche concept, 75,000 people attended the first edition of DLECTRICITY in the fall of 2012 and transformed the iconic Midtown Detroit neighborhood into a spectacular nighttime environment of temporary, site-specific public art. DLECTRICITY returns this fall and will once again commission 35 local, national, and international artists to illuminate the Woodward corridor, from the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with cutting edge, light-based installations, performances and works of art. Over two nights, a broad and diverse audience will be challenged to consider Midtown's buildings and architecture in a new light.

DLECTRICITY is scheduled for September 26-27, 2014.
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Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light Project Winners Selected

Mon Aug 31, 2015 13:40

Detroit, Michigan
United States of America

Upper Left: r+d LAB, Resonance, 2015, Rendering; Upper Right: bioLINIA, Reflector, 2015, Rendering; Lower: New D Media Arts, LIGHT BENDER, 2015, Rendering.

Installations Under Construction This Summer in Detroit’s TechTown District

Three artist teams from metropolitan Detroit and Ann Arbor were selected to develop public art and light projects for the undersides of three viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district. Each artist team has been awarded a $75,000 budget to construct and install their projects this summer.

The Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light Project (MIDVIA) is funded by the New Economy Initiative and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The project is one of the recommended interventions stemming from the TechTown District Plan which aims to improve safety, accessibility and placemaking efforts in the area.
From low-tech to interactive light experiences, the work of these artist teams exemplifies experimentation and new ideas, further positioning TechTown as an innovation district, says Susan Mosey, President of Midtown Detroit, Inc., the organization administering MIDVIA.
The winners include:

bioLINIA | Principals: Becky Nix and Olek Zemplinski
Project: Reflector

Cass Avenue Viaduct
The Cass Avenue project, Reflector, will install over 7,500 reflectors and other lighting on the walls. bioLINIA approached the project as a means to capture and reflect the light from those who offer it up to the viaduct. Reflector will provides a gateway, an in-between, and a visually interactive experience as one moves through the viaduct.

r+d LAB | Principals: Cezanne Charles and John Marshall of rootoftwo, LLC, and Karl Daubmann of daub, LLC
Project: Resonance

Second Avenue Viaduct
Resonance consists of an array of LED light boxes mounted on the walls and ceiling of the Second Avenue viaduct. These 22 light boxes amplify the banding of light and dark in the viaduct, intensifying the visual forced perspective. These units will be located between each archway, enhancing the experience of passing through the viaduct.

New D Media Arts | Principals: Gabriel Hall and Daniel Land

Third Avenue Viaduct
The Third Avenue viaduct will become an animated lighting installation that reacts to the motion of vehicles and lights the way of all pedestrians who enter. Through mobile devices, users can explore interactive imagery and bend waves of colored light along the pedestrian paths.

Through a competitive process, applications to the original RFP were reviewed by an independent panel of local artists and arts and design professionals. Panelists selected the projects based on artistic excellence, credentials, prior work experience, and capacity to complete the project. The panelists included:

+ Ashlee Arder, Cultural Strategist + Producer, Creative Many
+ Nina Bianchi, Partner, The Work Department
+ Annmarie Borucki, Special Projects Manager, Midtown Detroit, Inc.
+ David Carleton, Partner & Executive Producer, Mindfield
+ Michael Darga, Senior Project Manager, Giffels-Webster
+ Amy Green Deines, Associate Dean, College of Architecture and Design | Director, Detroit Center of Design and Technology | Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University
+ Maureen Devine, Art Curator, Cobo Center
+ Matthew Eaton, Partner, Library Street Collective | Director / Curator, Red Bull House of Art
+ Tim Van Laar, Chair of the Fine Arts Department, College for Creative Studies
+ Stephen Zacks, Executive Director, Flint Public Art Project

The original RFP called for proposals to be considered for the Cass and Second Avenue viaducts and was seed-funded by the New Economy Initiative. The Third Avenue Viaduct was added as an additional site in fall 2014 with funding from Knight Foundation.
Midtown Detroit, Inc. is proud to expand the scale of this project to include three viaducts, and to pioneer a process with partnering railroads and the City of Detroit for how public art and light projects will be considered for other viaducts in the future, stated Mosey.

Midtown Viaducts partners include: the New Economy Initiative, Knight Foundation, Midtown Detroit, Inc., the City of Detroit, Consolidated Rail Corporation, and CN Rail.


Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light

Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:59

Detroit, Michigan
United States of America

Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district with public art and light. MDI is pleased to announce that its Call for Entries is now open.

The Second and Cass Avenue viaducts are two fully operational railroad bridge grade separations located between Baltimore and Amsterdam Streets in TechTown. Originally constructed in 1934, these once magnificent viaducts have been poorly maintained over the years and lack adequate lighting, contributing to unsafe perceptions of the district. This call seeks to give these industrial bridges new life—making them a choice destination rather than a place to pass through.

Accepted proposals will be funded up to $75,000 per viaduct. Applicants may provide proposals for either one or both viaducts. If applying for both viaducts, proposals may treat each viaduct as two separate installations or visually connect the two viaducts with a cohesive design.

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

+ Conceives an imaginative transformation of space and conceptual design
+ Combines art and function to create a
+ Creates a signature presence for the viaducts that encourages daytime and nighttime interaction
+ Provides adequate and artfully designed lighting
+ Utilizes sustainable building materials and is feasible to maintain
+ Contributes to TechTown’s identity as a hub of innovation

This call is open to all professional artists, architects, designers, design firms and/or teams consisting of these entities located in the following eight southeast Michigan counties: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. National and international partners may be included in any given team as long as the project lead can prove residency or physical presence in one of the previously mentioned eight counties. Winning proposals will be selected by a panel of Detroit-based curators and arts professionals.

The closing date for applications is April 30, 2014. The selected projects will be announced in May 2014.

TechTown is a 20-block emerging innovation district anchored by three key institutions in Midtown Detroit—Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies and the Henry Ford Health System. The Midtown Viaducts Project will contribute to the growing vibrancy of the district and will become a unique destination for visitors.

Full details about the Midtown Viaducts Open Call for Artistic Proposals are available at midtownviaducts.com.


DLECTRICITY - Call for Entries

Mon Mar 31, 2014 16:50

Detroit, Michigan
United States of America

DLECTRICITY is back and ready to see more of YOUR work!

For two electrifying nights in 2012, DLECTRICITY brought thousands of people into Midtown Detroit to experience 35 projects by local, national and international artists. 25 of those projects were selected from an open call. This fall, DLECTRICITY will again transform Midtown with site-specific installations of light, video, performance, interactive engineering and nonconformist architecture. From lasers to dance, robots to 3D mapping, we want to see what you create. We challenge you to animate historic buildings, turn streets into oceans – the city landscape is your canvas. Now is the chance to
show Detroit, and the world, what you can do!

DLECTRICITY IS LOOKING FOR projects that will activate the outdoor, nighttime landscape of Midtown Detroit’s Woodward Corridor including:

• Light art
• Video art
• Performance (art, dance, theater, music)
• Multimedia installations
• Workshops
• Works that utilize mobile platforms
• Interactive projects that engage the community
• The unexpected


DEADLINE: March 31, 2014