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Dlectricity, Detroit’s Light and Art Festival, Is Now Accepting Artist Applications

Dlectricity returns September 25-26, 2020. The deadline for artists to apply is March 3, 2020.

“OMO Trip” (2014) by nieAasie Art Group: Monika Szpener and Pani Pawlosky. Video mapped composition of found objects from trash piles. Photo by David Lewinski.

For three electrifying weekends in 2012, 2014, and 2017, Dlectricity brought thousands of people into Midtown Detroit to experience 40 luminous projects by local, national and international artists. This ambitious nighttime festival is back again with an expanded footprint on September 25-26, 2020, to transform Detroit with site-specific installations of light, video, performance, sound, interactive engineering, and nonconformist architecture. From lasers and 3D mapping to dance performances and large-scale video projections, we want to see what you create. We challenge you to animate historic buildings, activate the streets, generate engagement—the cityscape is your canvas. Now is the chance to show Detroit—and the world—what you can do!

Dlectricity will present a wide range of outdoor installations, performances, and activities. We are looking for contemporary art projects that transcend the traditional understanding of public art to transform the Woodward Corridor into a spectacular nighttime landscape. These temporary, site-specific artworks can include:

  • Light installations
  • Video art
  • 3D video mapping projections
  • Multimedia installations
  • Interactive and community engaging technology
  • Artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Works that utilize mobile platforms (smartphone, tablets)
  • Performance (art, dance, theatre, music)
  • Talks and workshops
  • Kid-friendly and/or educational experiences
  • Creative and/or interactive marketing experiences for the festival
  • The unexpected

Info session: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11am-2pm at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). This event will be livestreamed.

Open call guidelines and other details can be found at Dlectricity.com.

Deadline to apply: March 3, 2020, 11:59pm EST.

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