Our international, national, regional and Indianapolis light festival artists are creative and innovative…
Installations and performances will encourage exploration and participation and will provide unique and memorable experiences. Works will be visually compelling through design, color and scale, interactive, and incorporate varied artistic practices. Attendees will be able to experience work in fun and unexpected ways through their own a roving and wandering experience along the estimated two mile festival footprint.
YesYesNo // Night Lights / Funky Forms
How can we see our bodies and movement in new ways? This installation turns the Scottish Rite Cathedral into an interactive playground by inviting viewers to become performers. Participants’ body and hand movements will be amplified across the facade of the building, which will be transformed into a giant, illuminated cartoon frame the audience performs in.Participants, through their motion, will become creatures, grow forests, paint new colors and bring the building to life. Multiple scenes will cycle through the show on the half hour where the building itself is the star.
Location: Scottish Rite Cathedral facade
Daily Tous Les Jours // McLarena
McLarena is an installation inspired by the film Canon (1964), created by Norman McLaren and Grant Munro. The film illustrates the principle of a musical and visual canon with a character proceeding through a sequence of movements, which are reproduced in regular intervals. The installation proposes a contemporary hommage to McLaren’s tongue-in-cheek approach by inviting passersby to collectively reproduce the choreography from the original film. Each participant imitates the previous one, hence creating a collaborative dance that constantly evolves, all the while taking on each person’s interpretations. The choreography is then projected onto the monumental façade of an adjacent building. McLarena is a coproduction of the Quartier des spectacles Partnership and the National Film Board of Canada.
A project by Daily Tous Les Jours created by Mouna Andraos, Melissa Mongiat. Originally commissioned and presented in Montreal by the National Film Board of Canada and Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles.
Location: Zesco.com parking lot at Senate and Walnut Street
Anila Quayyum Agha // Alhambra Nights
The ‘Alhambra Nights’ project is comprised of multiple illuminated geometric sculptures hanging at various heights within a large space. The conflation of light and shadows points to the contradiction inherent within illumination and the resultant shadows. This project references the geometrical patterning in Islamic sacred spaces associated with certitude and fluidity, represented by the Alhambra Palace, located in Granada, Spain. The viewer is invited to confront the contradictory nature of all intersections, while simultaneously exploring boundaries. For example the binaries of public and private, light and shadow and static and dynamic by relying on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, and the interpretation of the cast shadows. The artist’s intent is that the viewer leaves with a renewed hope in our humanity and the ability to accept similarities and differences based on race, creed and sexuality within our Indianapolis community, and beyond.
Photo credit: Crossing Boundaries, Anila Quayyum Agha, completed 2015, currently installed/acquired by Four Seasons in Abu Dhabi in 2016. Mirrored/polished stainless steel, Laser-cut, 4’ square. Fabricated by Steve Prachyl.
Location: Lewis Wagner, LLP Law Firm on the canal
Big Tent // Aeonian
Big Tent is a really, really, big multimedia venue of 360 degree sound and visuals born right here in Indianapolis. Making a light festival premiere is Aeonian by co-creators Robin Cox and Ben Smith. What is extra special about this installation is how attendees themselves will be able to take turns producing elements of music and color through handheld electronic controllers offered upon entry. Join us for a continuously unfolding immersion in sound and light inspired by participation of our own community!
Location: Grass circular lawn near Walnut street along the canal
Tiffany Carbonneau & Susanna Crum // A Place In Time
New Albany IN & Louisville KY
In August 2016, Bethel A.M.E., Indianapolis’ oldest African American church and vital social support structure from the Civil War onward, will pack up more than a century of history and move to a new location. A commercial enterprise will replace, rather than repair, much of the building’s historic architecture. Tiffany Carbonneau and Susanna Crum’s collaborative work, A Place in Time, will illuminate the outer walls of Bethel A.M.E. with a site-specific video that combines archival, found and interview-based imagery. This installation will explore the complexity of influences that have led to the current state of the building and congregation, highlight the historic architecture that will soon be lost, and celebrate the significant roles of the 147-year-old church within local and national history.
Location: Bethel A.M.E. Church Facade, 414 W Vermont St
Indy Film Fest // Micro-Cinema
Experience cinema in its most micro-tastic fashion. Watch award-winning short films looped throughout the night in the Basile Theater.
Juan Pablo Zaramella
The Light Bulb
Light Me Up
Location: Indiana Historical Society, Frank and Katrina Basile Theater
Owens + Crawley // 2058: the first September without ice
Humans play a role in accelerating changes in Earth’s climate. One effect of this is global warming in the polar regions, where glaciers are melting at increased rates. This work seeks to continue to bring awareness to climate change issues through an installation of abstractly interpreted icebergs in Indianapolis’ downtown canal. The icebergs will be dynamic during the day as their cool palette interacts with the canal. At night the sculptures will gain a new identity as color changing LEDs interact in new and dynamic ways with the acrylic facets acting as filters. 2058: the first September without ice is a visually stunning installation that thrives in both daytime and nighttime environments.
Location: Floating in the canal
Jamie Pawlus // HAPPINESS
Sometimes life seems to be going pretty great, and the next moment it’s not at all. Sometimes you can be standing in the dark, not knowing what comes next, and then you see the light and it’s beautiful. After a while, it too will inevitably glitch out. Sometimes it helps to know that those glitches are an unavoidable part of life. If things didn’t glitch out from time to time—the good parts wouldn’t be as good. Sometimes all we can do is laugh.
The word HAPPINESS illuminated by neon stands on a hill overlooking the canal.
Location: Sloped hill north of 9 on Canal
PATTERN // Light Haus Fashion Showcase
In the Light Haus Fashion Showcase, Pattern brings together some of Indy’s most talented designers to display how fashion and technology can be combined. We will have specially made outfits that integrate light technology into clothing, which will be worn by models during the illuminating event. The attendees will be able to view wearable works of art in ways they have rarely seen before.
Location: Roving lit fashion pieces
Piotr Szyhalski / Labor Camp // Geophone
Inspired by the listening devices used during WWI to detect underground activity related to tunnel or trench digging, “Geophone” invites the audience to put their ears to the ground. Sonic, tactile, communal and performative, this multimedia project combines audio, video and light to playfully explore layers of time. Listening through the layers of history: from deep time to now.
Local Partner Support: Cat Head Press.
Location: Across from the Indiana Historical Society
PROJECTiONE // PRISMAtique
PRISMAtique is an undulating illuminated canopy spanning 24 feet. Using parametric software and digital fabrication techniques, the project looks to explore fractured geometries unified by transitional gradient lighting. The series of unique white planes and clear surfaces become activated through light reflection and shadow. The soffit blends white light and custom color printed films to create an exciting three-dimensional atmosphere for users to experience.
Location: Marriott Residence Inn on the Canal Downtown Indianapolis
Lauren Zoll // Kitsch'n Lights
Inspired by ancient Chinese lanterns and the perforations found in common restaurant utensils—namely colanders and pizza screens—Kitsch’n Lights makes use of such ready-made forms to create an immersive and sculptural light installation. Once decorative and functional, Kitsch’n Lights highlights the intricate beauty of its perforated forms in contrast to the utilitarian purpose of its source materials.
Location: Zesco.com Restaurant Equipment and Supplies (Capitol Avenue and Walnut Street)
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Alexis Gideon // The Crumbling
Alexis Gideon’s The Crumbling is a 21-minute stop-motion animation video opera set in a dream-like mythic town following the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her. The piece explores the importance of word and symbol in a decaying culture, as well as the marginalization and persecution of people based on heritage, gender, race or belief, and all that is lost in such persecution. The Crumbling takes a modern and innovative form, while drawing from ancient texts and esoterica such as the Kabbalah, the Hermetic Philosophy of ancient Egypt, the mystical beliefs of Hildegard von Bingen, Alchemy of the 16th Century, and the mid 19th Century occult beliefs of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor. During screenings, the film is accompanied by live musical performance by Alexis Gideon. The live music mirrors the action exactly, and the animated characters’ mouths are perfectly in sync with the sung lyrics. The Crumbling has been made possible through the generous support of Pittsburgh’s New Hazlett Theater and funding provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
Friday and Saturday August 26-27 | 9:15pm
A live musical performance featuring Alexis Gideon.
Location: Government Center Basin.
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IN Light IN Music and Dance // Vermont Street Plaza on the Canal
The American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Garden will become home to a full gospel choir with coordinating dancers. Listen to the harmonic sounds of natural, full voices outside of Bethel A.M.E., Indianapolis’ oldest African American church. Each performance will last approximately 45-60 minutes. These performances were organized and managed by Malina Simone, LLC.
Friday, August 26 | 8:52pm
A collaborative performance featuring Demetrius West & Jesus Promoters and Krash Krew
Saturday, August 27 | 8:52pm
A collaborative performance featuring Rodnie Bryant and the Indy Singers and Krash Krew
Location: Vermont Street Plaza on the Canal
Indiana Historical Society Soul Lounge
For two nights, The Indiana Historical Society will become a music lounge featuring acoustic sets. Singers, guitarists and poets will take the stage for an evening of entertainment. Each performance set will be approximately 45 minutes. These musical performances were organized and managed by Malina Simone, LLC.
Friday, August 26
9:00pm Luke Austin Daughtery
10:00pm Yadin Kol and Allison Victoria
11:00pm Renee King
12:00am Rob Dixon Trio
Saturday, August 27
9:00pm Yadin Kol and Allison Victoria
10:00pm Tony Styxx
11:00pm Keller & Cole
Location: Indiana Historical Society, Stardust Terrace Café (indoors canal level)
BareBones Productions and The Illuminated Reef Collective // The Illuminated Reef
This installation is inspired by Minneapolis based BareBones Productions’ 2014 production of ‘Metamorphosoup’, in which an undersea landscape was created using a variety of illuminated paper lanterns built in the shapes of ancient sea creatures. Using paper lanterns to represent the mobile creatures of the seascape and various sculptural elements built of new, discarded and repurposed materials we are bringing to life a living community of artists, volunteers, and visitors. Creative lighting, using LEDs to illuminate from within, as well as the magic of black lighting in combination with fluorescent paints and materials, festival visitors will be able to watch the production from afar or participate by carrying a lantern. By breaking down the barriers between audience and performer, terrestrial and marine, real and imagined, the artists hope to nourish the interconnectedness of all things, and pay homage to the coral reef community.
Location: Vermont Street Plaza on the Canal
Ryan Patrick Griffin // Projected Visions
Los Angeles CA
What happens when an artist’s canvas reaches stories high beaming across the architecture? Artist Ryan Patrick Griffin engages in creative play and improvisation manifested through projected light, radically transforming the familiar. Here movements of the artist hand translate freestyle paintings and animations. Unfolding upon the face of the Indiana Government Center building will be re-contextualized poetic imagery, revealing new relationships and stories specific to Indianapolis’s unique identity. Come experience the creative process in action.
Location: Government Center Facade
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Brian McCutcheon and MANA2 // Water Mining
Water Mining is an interactive installation built to collect and amplify the underwater sounds of the canal. Through the installation, visitors will experience underwater soundscapes as they are broadcast into a water-themed environment of light and projection. The presentation of Water Mining will also include a series of live musical performances by MANA2 (Michael Drews and Jordan Munson). The performance will weave the underwater sounds collected by the sculpture into harmonic and melodic textures, revealing a voice within the water that is hidden but beautiful and provocative.
Friday and Saturday, August 26 - 27 | 8:52pm and 9:45pm
A live musical performance featuring MANA2 (Michael Drews and Jordan Munson)
IMA ARTx & Old Soul Entertainment // Silent Night Disco
Ever wonder what someone wearing headphones might be listening to? If you were to tap into the rhythms powering their steps, what connections might occur? The personal space of listening to music through headphones will be transformed into a public spectacle and shared experience during Silent Night Disco. When the city’s noise ordinance goes into effect at 10pm, local DJs will begin mixing a variety of music, some of which will honor the African American music history of Indiana and that of nearby Indiana Avenue. Up to 50 wireless headphones will be available for check-out, free of charge, with a credit card or valid ID.
DJs provided by Deckademics, curated by Douglas Morris of Old SOUL Entertainment
Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27 | 10pm – 1:02am
Location: American College of Sports Medicine Fitness Garden
Photo credit: Vandana Nagaraj
Aphidoidea // Droplet's Formation II
Los Angeles CA
Water is capable of creating a vast variety of shapes. Liquid, crystal, and gas are the primary states of water but the shape variations are immense, such as snowflakes, clouds, mist, and so forth. And although water is capable of creating all these shapes, almost most of them are ephemeral and are sometimes intangible and naked to the human eye. The shape created by the splash of a water drop is one of elegance and beauty, but we can only appreciate it if captured, in still views within thousands of a second. We fell in love with this water form, and our inspiration is drawn from its shape transitions. Our art piece “Droplet’s Formation II” is a sculptural expression of these captured moment in time The art work consist of 24 illuminated water drop splashes that progressively grow in size and shape.
Location: Floating in the Canal near Marriott Hotel
RADAR Collective // Barter Boat
We are a trio of “sailswomen” transported by boat from an era not yet named or even perceived by 21st century minds. We have traveled to the year 2016 to collect artifacts ranging from the mundane to the superb. At the heart of our project are questions about America’s love affair with The Sale. How can we move past the cut-throat capitalists we see in Willy Loman, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” and even Donald Trump? We are here to ask: after money, what makes something valuable? Through spectacle, lights, and interactive performance we will create an allure of intrinsic value. Come ready to barter your own goods for a variety of incredible treasures! This project is led by Robin Schwartzman, Anna Abhau Elliott, and Desiree Moore.
Opera-Matic in partnership with Know No Stranger // Shadows of Our Prairie Past
Chicago IL and Indianapolis IN
With light, shadows, and their unique DIY aesthetic, Opera-Matic (with help from members of Indianapolis’ own Know No Stranger), will illuminate moments of our shared prairie past. Help them bring the prairie back to life: play with shadow puppets, watch hand-cranked and bicycle-powered animations, gallop along a stampede of illuminated Hobby Horses, or join a pack of coyote bikes.
Mateo Mounier // St Victoire presents: Digital Skin Live Performance by Mateo M
Using projection mapping, Mateo will use animated content and brushes to draw live on participants’ faces and bodies. Their skin will become his canvas, as he creates a one-of-a-kind new media piece for each model. Short videos and photos will be recorded and sent via email to each model/participant. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this unique art performance!
Short videos and photos will be recorded and sent via email to each model/participant. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this unique art performance!
Friday and Saturday August 26-27 | 9:00pm-10:45pm and 11:15pm-1:02am
Luke Savisky // STx
Audience members become art in Luke Savisky’s ST/x as they are guided across a lit live camera stage/kiosk at the upper canal basin. Their figures will be projected onto a giant peacock water screen in the center of the canal and appear to walk across the surface of the water. Layers of abstract natural imagery will flow through and surround the human figures as they move, resulting in a spontaneous interactive choreography of light, shape, and movement.
Location: Upper Canal Basin at 11th Street
Photo credit: Luke Savisky, E/x MN, Mill Ruins Park and Gold Medal Silos, Northern Spark 2015. Photo: Ian Plant
Big Car // Paddlit
The artists with Big Car relish opportunities to work with place and people—always collaborating with the public and with chance in their many projects here at home and around the country. For this festival, Big Car lights up the paddle boats that, using human power, chug through the canal every day (and, for this weekend, night). The Paddlit (paddle it) project involves the people on the boats working as paddlers—maybe better called petalers—who’ll be able to alter the cadence of waterproof LED lights glowing on and off colorfully just above the water. In this way, everybody who rents a paddle boat is a collaborator and performer.
Location: Government Center Basin