– Art – D LectriCity – 2017-09-22,23 –



– September 22 + 23, 2017 –

- DLectriCity - 2017 - Detroit -

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the stunning nighttime outdoor festival of art and light
will showcase the work of 35 international, national and local artists
who have been commissioned to illuminate the Woodward corridor
with cutting-edge installations of
other unexpected works of art
September 22-23, 2017,
in Midtown Detroit
from 7 p.m. to midnight.


–inspired by Nuit Blanche arts festivals-
– from around the world –

Produced by
Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI)

the spectacular outdoor visual light + art celebration will take place along the Woodward Corridor.
”DLECTRICITY has bonded audiences in public spaces with art that has
surprised, enlightened and awed us.
It promotes art that is of the moment, yet speaks to timeless themes through new means,”
– Benjamin Kennedy, Kresge Detroit Program managing director.

DLECTRICITY has showcased over 60 internationally acclaimed, local, and emerging artists
from around the world, including
New York,
Los Angeles,
… Detroit.
Attendance doubled from its inaugural year–
from 75,000 in 2012
to 150,000 in 2014.
Participants in the Light Bike Parade  more than doubled to over 3,000 individuals


DLECTRICITY was inspired by Detroit’s very own Electric Park,
formerly 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
later expanding into an dazzling amusement park

DLECTRICITY 2017 is presented by
DTE Energy Foundation.

“With arts and culture at its core, DLECTRICITY inspires connection and inclusivity,
offering a unique chance to advance collisions between Detroit’s talented creative community
and some of the most influential artists in the world,”
– Katy Locker,  John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Program director for Detroit at the Knight Foundation –
supporting three high-caliber artists,
Rashaad Newsome,
as part of the festival.
Attendees will be immersed in a landscape of light through
groundbreaking installations of
video art,
3D video mapping,
Interactive design
captivating performance.

DLECTRICITY will host internationally acclaimed artists including
Rashaad Newsome,
Klip Collective,
among others to the festival to show a range of high-quality light-based projects,
video projections and more.
Artists include:
• Rashaad Newsome | Shade Composition Performance, King of Arms Procession,
newly commissioned video | DIA
• Pope.L | Reenactor | Video with Live Music Performances | Detroit Historical Museum
• Klip Collective | The Librarian | 3D Video Mapping Projection | Detroit Public Library
• Amanda Parer | Intrude | Inflatable Light Sculptures |
Josephine F. Ford Sculpture Garden at the College for Creative Studies
• Jennifer Steinkamp | Orbit 10 | Three Channel Video Projection | Michigan Science Center
• Martin Creed | EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT | Neon Sculpture | MOCAD
• Dawn of Man | Graffiti Grandma | Mobile Video Projection |

Mobile Projection throughout Midtown
• Apetechnology | The Shadows of Slendrotron (The Monkey God’s Great Leap) |
Robotic Shadow Puppet Show |
Detroit Institute of the Arts – Outside the Detroit Film Theatre
• Cuppetelli + Mendoza | in::Sequence | Audiovisual Sculpture | Woodward/Warren Corner
• D MET DESIGN | {The Amazing!} House of Fog: il Cinema Nebbioso |
Architectural + Video Installation | “Electric Park” Family-Friendly Zone at the DIA
• Michaela Mosher | PRIMETIME | Curated Video Art and Performance Show |
The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
• Facing Change | Documenting DETROIT | A Documentary Photo Slideshow|
The Wright Museum
• Bluewater Technologies | LUMINARIA MAGNA – “GREAT LIGHT” |
Large-Scale LED Wall and Sound Station | Woodward/Warren Corner

The 22 artists selected from the DLECTRICITY Open Call:

• Kelley Bell | Baltimore, MD | Project: Wild Kingdom |
Location: Meyer L. Prentis Cancer Center, 110 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Mayer + Empl | Munich, Germany | Project: Architectural Space Intervention |
Location: Mike Kelly  Homestead, MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Philipp Artus | Berlin, Germany | Project: FLORA |
Location: Kresge Court, D I A, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
• Cooper Holoweski | Detroit, MI | Project: As Above, So Below |
Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
• Carrie Morris | Detroit, MI | Project: Interactive Shadow Puppet Circus Sideshow|
Location: “Electric Park” at D I A, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
• Arts & Scraps | Detroit, MI | Project: Arts & Scraps presents Light as a Shadow |
Location: “Electric Park” at D I A, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
• Laura Heit | Portland, OR | Project: Hypothetical Stars |
Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
• Jason Isaacs | Brooklyn, NY/UK | Project: The Black Love Project |
Location: The Wright Museum, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Aaron Jones & Wesley Taylor | Detroit, MI | Project: The Underground |
Location: Rackham Building, 60 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202
• Wire-Car Auto Workers Association of Detroit (WAWAD) | Detroit, MI |
Project: Detroit Woodward Light Cruise |
Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
• Jake Chidester + Alisyn Malek | Detroit, MI | Project: The Expanded Seussian Arkestra |            Location: The Rackham Building, 60 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202
• FaShon Vega for Three13 Action Design | Detroit, MI | Project: STAR TOURS™ |
Location: Mobile Roaming Performances in Midtown Detroit
• Nikola Dicke | Germany | Project: Light-Graffiti |
Location: Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Akiko Nakayama | Japan | Project: Alive Painting |
Location: Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Gary Schwartz | Detroit, MI | Project: Speramus Meliora, Resurget Cineribus |
Location: The Hannan House, 4750 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Luxloop | Los Angeles, CA | Project: If The Walls Had Eyes |
Location: The Detroit Artists Market, 4719 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Angela Eastman + Maxime Robillard | Detroit, MI |
Project: Every Side of Here: Searching for the Sacred |
Location: First Congregational Church, 33 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• E.S.P. TV | Brooklyn, NY | Project: You Don’t Say Much, Do You? (Detroit) |
Location: MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Jasmine Murrell | Brooklyn, NY | Project: Ancient Future / Immortal Uterus |
Location: The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, 52 E Forest, Detroit, MI 48201.
• Lauren Strohacker & Kendra Sollars | Arizona | Project: Animal Land: Detroit |
Location: Garfield Lofts, 4600 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Zeynep Dagli | London | Project: Negotiation between Madness & Sanity |
Location: MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
• Jeffry Chiplis |Cleveland, OH | Project: Neon and Argon Repoetry |
Location: The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, 52 E Forest, Detroit, MI 48201.
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The DLECTRICITY 2017 Curatorial Committee:

DLECTRICITY is chaired by Marc Schwartz, Founder, Art Detroit Now.
The DLECTRICITY Curatorial Committee,  consists of:

The Curatorial Committee is charged with responsibility of selecting
artists and projects to be placed on the
surrounding buildings
of the hub institutions in Midtown including:

  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Wayne State University
  • College for Creative Studies
  • C.H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Michigan Science Center
  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • Detroit Public Library
  • Cathedral Church of St. Paul
  • The Hannan House
  • First Congregational Church of Detroit
  • Detroit Artists Market
  • Garfield Lofts
  • N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

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.

DIY Tip for the Electricity Light Bike Parade


The Dlectricity Light Bike Parade returns to Midtown on Saturday September 23rd
and is the official “Rolling Art Display” of the weekend event!
It’s time to plan your bicycle light decorations and register to ride.
There will be prizes for best decoration in the following categories:


  • Most Creative Adult Bike Light Display
  • Most Artistic Bike Light Display
  • Most Creative Youth Bike Display (under 12)
  • Most Unique Bicycle Helmet Decoration
  • Best Team Themed Bike Light Exhibit (between 4-6 bikes)
  • Most Original Family Bike Light Exhibit (Adult/Kids)


There are many options for decorating your bike with lights for the Dlectricity Light Bike Parade.
The simplest is purchasing already constructed battery powered lights
then securely attach them to your ride.
There will be a limited number of light decorations onsite the night of the parade
to help enhance your bike.


Find additional information about the Dlectricity Light Bike Parade here:


In addition to  DTE Energy Foundation as the presenting sponsor,
sponsors include:
Knight Foundation,
The Kresge Foundation,
Midtown Detroit, Inc.,
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan,
William Davidson Foundation,
The National Endowment for the Arts,
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,
Detroit Institute of Arts,
Marc A. Schwartz,
Ford Motor Company Fund,
Bluewater Technologies,
Wayne State University (WSU),
WSU Police,
The Plaza,
Wheelhouse Detroit,
Hyphen Advisory,
Michigan CAT,
Fox 2 Detroit
WDET 101.9 FM.
The official ridesharing partner,
Lyft Is offering 25% off a ride to DLECTRICITY using the code DL317.


Enjoy a weekend of  scents, sights and sounds.

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