2016 Light Artists

1,001 LUX

Artist: Symmes Gardner
Baltimore, MD

1,001 Lux is a large scale three-channel video and audio work that explores light as emotional and architectural determinates by using appropriated imagery from a variety of films from different eras and genres. Fireworks, car lights, flashlights, candles, the sun, moon, stars, and all forms of electric light are included to expose the interpretative power of light.

Sound – Julian Gardner

Technical Assistance – Daphne Gardner and Christian Valiente”

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Community Beacons: Making Waves

Presented by Visit Baltimore

Artists: Kinetic Frenetic (Jenn Figg, Matthew McCormack, David Fakunle)
Baltimore, MD

A union of light and sound, ancestry and modernity, skill and imagination. Throughout this week-long piece, participants will listen to the traditional percussive rhythms of West Africa and sounds unique to the culture of Baltimore, while gazing upon patterns of light directly generated from the sound onto instruments and the canvas of the Baltimore Visitor Center.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Blue Hour

Presented by M&T Bank

Artist: New American Public Art

Somerville, MA

Blue Hour is an interactive lighting installation composed of light towers and seating elements that respond to the motion of people around them. The work is named after the “blue hour” of the morning and evening, when the sun is below the horizon and the first and last reds and yellows are visible, making the light blue.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Dark Was the Night

Artist: Justin Randolph Thompson

Florence, Italy

In collaboration with David Page, Bradly Dever Treadaway, Jason Thompson, the Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History’s Resource Center, Housewerks Salvage, Baltimore Fabrication, Ludwig Design and Production, Baltimore Bicycle Works and Metel SRL,

Dark was the Night is a kinetic monument and community based sound performance that draws upon a legacy of community as social redemption and the spiritual significance of Light.  The piece engages an audience activated bicycle powered kinetic tower supporting a century old reclaimed church chandelier extracted from the site of a conflict over gentrification.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Dear Baltimore

Artist: Thick Air Studios

Baltimore, MD

Winding through the streets of Baltimore is a jumble of luminous letters floating seven feet above the pavement and propelled by bicycles below. The riders arrive from various directions, or move through the crowd as a group, and as they form a line, their neon letters spell out phrases composed of the letters from DEAR BALTIMORE.

The work is a dance on bicycles that will extends over the entire footprint of Light City. While the riders flow throughout various Light City locations and local streets, they will pass by or through this point regularly and occasionally hold pop up word based performances in this space.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Diamonds Light Baltimore

Presented by Legg Mason

Artists: Cheon Kroiz, Artist and Architect Collaborative

Baltimore, MD

Diamonds Light Baltimore is comprised of fifteen diamond-shaped structures made using LED lights to highlight the geometric shape of the objects. Varying in size and shape, each diamond is large enough for audiences to walk around, underneath and through the sculpture. When seen as a whole, the diamonds cascade down the promenade and are highly reflective from the water’s surface, like the gemstone Cheon Kroiz seeks to portray.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Glacier

Presented by Constellation

Artist: Riki K

Baltimore, MD

Glacier is a large scale, multimedia installation combining industrial materials like steel and Plexiglas with sound and projection to create an immersive experience for viewers. Inspired by the idea of standing underneath a melting glacier, this installation harkens to the natural beauty of the glacier itself while subtlety engaging with issues of global warming. As audiences move through, stand beneath, and rotate around the monumental scale of Glacier, the installation becomes a visible reminder of the human impact on the great, global melt.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Human Effect

Artist: Yandell Walton

Melbourne, Australia

This project repurposes urban sites as a canvas of vibrantly animated projections, creating a paradise of verdant growth. Human Effect uses new technology to create responsive public projection and animated installation, using a specifically developed program running through a Mac computer with KINECT motion sensors and high definition projectors. Though these highly technical elements bring the installation to life, it’s the human interaction with the images that enlivens the installation to become not just a fascinating interaction between person and image, but rather a deeper and more identifiable reminder of the human impact on our tender environment.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Into the Zone (Anthology of Accounts and Findings)

Artist: Rachel Guardiola

New York, NY

Into the Zone (Anthology of Accounts and Findings) is 16mm footage, appropriated from natural history film, that places the viewer into the first person perspective of an explorer, the universal onlooker navigating through the constructed narrative of a future past landscape (Special thanks to the National Aquarium).

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Labyrinth

Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Artist: Ian Brill

Pittsburgh, PA

Artist Ian Brill describes his work Labyrinth as “an immersive, performative, navigable, audio maze.” Its composition of modular elements encourages meditative contemplation as audiences snake their way through the immersive environment. In engaging with the installation, audiences can reflect as if it were an individual experience, or engage with fellow visitors as they meander their way through the labyrinth. Typically, the labyrinth has been categorized as a site of bewildering movement, or a metaphor for spiritual journeying. Labyrinth meshes both the physical and intangible meanings of the idea, and encourages personal inward exploration as much outward immersion. Live and impromptu performances by the artist augment the wandering journey that Labyrinth provides.

Unfortunately, Labyrinth by Ian Brill cannot be featured in Light City 2016.

Laser Lotus

Presented by Whiting-Turner

Artist: Nisha Ramnath & Brian Gonzalez

Baltimore, MD

Laser Lotus is an interactive lotus flower sculpture that sits in the water with interactive touch pads that encourage festival-goers to collaborate to “unleash potential looks of the Laser Lotus.”

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Lightwave: Baltimore’s Beacon

Presented by RGB Lights

Artist: Design Collective, Inc.

Baltimore, MD

Microphones placed around the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse at the gateway to the Inner Harbor collect the surrounding sounds of the site. The sound waves are then transformed into visual, illuminated waves of light overlaid by images of Baltimore’s neighborhoods and communities. This projection of light is shown on a panoramic screen element surrounding the lighthouse’s base.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Lumen

Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Artists: Kristin McWharter and Steven Lynam

Baltimore, MD

Lumen consists of a series of acrylic sheets lit by ultra violet LED lights at the edge to illuminate drawings by festival goers and street artists alike. Each night, a new street artist will feature a bespoke drawing that encourages the audience to build upon the drawing by contributing their own. Colored fluorescent-ink markers are made easily accessible for festival-goers to draw on the wall, creating a glowing collaborative mural.

The guest mural artists are:

 

Mon 3/28 7-11pm: Megan Lewis with Jubilee Arts Youth
Tues 3/29 7-11pm: Maura Dwyer
Wed 3/30 7-11pm: Julia Owens
Thurs 3/31 7-11pm: Gaia
Fri 4/1 7-12pm: Make Studio
Sat 4/2 7-12pm: Ernest Shaw
Sun 4/3 7-11pm: Gary Mullen

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Natural Lighting Emulator V

Artist: Lisa Dillin

Baltimore, MD

This project emulates the natural light through a tree canopy and foliage and spreads awareness of the reduction of forest areas. The mottled lighting effect which co-opts the pattern of the light as seen through dense foliage is based directly on photographic recordings.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Gateway/Baltimore

Artist: Quentin Moseley


Baltimore, MD

Animated neon on nine 8’x8’ geometric modules, slowly builds shape and color patterns, coming together with a final complex, unified frieze of color. Dedicated to all citizens of Baltimore… coming together with a dense complexity of color, diversity of culture, and respectful unity.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Peacock

Presented by Greater Baltimore Committee

Artists: Tim Scofield & Kyle Miller

Baltimore, MD

The lighted and automated Peacock sits at about 12 feet high when at rest and its feathers are retracted. When set in motion, the Peacock feathers open up to about 20 feet tall and 40 feet wide with colorful LED fiber optics.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Pixel Promenade

Artists: Radiance (Erin Barry-Dutro and Kyle Steely)

Baltimore, MD

Suspended above the pedestrian bridges connecting Piers 4 and 5, Pixel Promenade is a dually interactive LED canopy that alters its color scheme and messaging based on audience participation. Using a bespoke matrix of over 5,000 individual LEDs, Pixel Promenade creates a “screen” that responds to levels of foot traffic via a series of proximity sensors, changing the imagery overhead. Pixel Promenade also encourages viewer participation by using 4G mobile connections to find tweets that include event-specific hashtags.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Plaza

Artist: Scott Pennington

Baltimore, MD

A collection of gate-like illuminated structures inspired by carnival rides, theater marquees, and the Las Vegas Strip.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Projected Aquaculture

Artists: Kelley Bell & Corrie Parks

Baltimore, MD

Projected Aquaculture examines and comments on the current health of the Chesapeake Bay through a series of projected animations incorporating imagery from the delicate ecosystem such as fish and blue crab. Mapping these projected images in large scale offers an opportunity to create a dialogue around a similarly described ecosystem: Baltimore City.

Learn more about our City, our Bay, and the fish featured in Projected Aquaculture in our online Field Guide at bit.ly/FishGuide.

Play along with Projected Aquaculture! Everyone’s a winner when they play Bay Bingo—starring the denizens of Chesapeake Bay at bit.ly/fishbingo.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Take To Ro-Bridge of Lights

Artists: Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee with Jessica Searfino

Baltimore, MD

Take To Ro-Bridge of Lights highlights two unique forms of traditional Japanese lanterns, anchored by the existing Japanese Stone Lantern sculpture visible at the Inner Harbor. The bamboo “Take To-Ro” forms the installation, using varying sizes of bamboo stalks illuminated by LED lights. The Japanese Stone Lantern, along with “Andon” lanterns, highlight the green space surrounding the existing sculpture with programmable LEDs to focus the installation as both a past and present interpretation of the Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City relationship.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

The Pool

Presented by Kaiser Permanente

Artist: Jen Lewin

Boulder, Colorado

The Pool is an area of giant, concentric circles created from interactive circular pads. The Pool is an environment where play and collaborative movement work together to create swirling effects of light and color.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Voyage

Presented by Brown Advisory

Artist: Aether & Hemera

Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Voyage consists of 300 floating ‘paper boats’ encasing colored dynamic LED lights for a spectacular light show in the Inner Harbor water. The fleet of paper boats uses the water as a canvas to create an organic matrix of ever-changing colored lights.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

In Light of History

Artist: Paul Rucker in collaboration with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Baltimore, MD

The installation consists of artworks on Pratt Street including a series of repurposed streetlights with text boxes and lights. In all, approximately 11 sites along Pratt Street feature cascades of lights, along with text boxes, intending to show the varying degrees of the involvement of business in the slave trade and the transformation to today.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Water Will Be Here

Artist: Eric Corriel

Brooklyn, NY


Water Will Be Here is an interactive projection that examines the timely issues of rising sea levels, and looks specifically at the human impact around the issue. Installed in a bank of windows, the rear projection encourages viewers to engage with the “sea level” and with the silhouettes this interaction produces. The projection creates a clear vision of the tangible effects of this growing environmental concern.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Water Wall

Presented by Brown Advisory

Artist: Greg St. Pierre and Andrew Bernstein

Baltimore, MD

A water screen hosts a series of brightly animated projections that activate the thin layer of water falling down the façade of a floating structure. This barge-based water work seeks to power itself using Baltimore Harbor water as both subject and material. It offers an immersive, motion sensor experience for audiences to engage with the projections and influence the forms that cascade down the screen.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Pipelines

Artist: Luminous Intervention

Baltimore, MD

This large scale projection mapping project presents a projection collages of issues surrounding Baltimore City’s government: police violence, education and recreation, and housing. By using the existing structure of McKeldin Fountain as the façade to present this critical work, Luminous Intervention continues a timely dialogue in an area renowned for supporting First Amendment rights in Baltimore.

 

As a part of their installation, Pipelines has scheduled public forums and performances in McKeldin Square:

 

Mon 3/28 8-10pm: Forum

Tues 3/29 8-9pm: Musical Performance

Wed 3/30 6:30-8pm: West Wednesday

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Waiting Time

Artist: Nick Metzler

Baltimore, MD

A video art installation of a rotating loading symbol projected outwards through the four clock faces of the Bromo-Seltzer Tower. The current system for illuminating the dials on the clock is replaced with the projected video.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Pyrrha

Presented by Whiting-Turner

Artist: Robby Rackleff

Baltimore, MD

This project is a large scale projected animation features a fantastical version of the view of the Baltimore harbor landscape when the former shipyards and docks were a bustling industry. This animation features factories pulsing with color and clouds of smoke and showers of sparks from the dry docks of futuristic ships under construction.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts