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DLECTRICITY, a new illuminated art festival for Detroit

DLECTRICITY is a new nighttime, outdoor contemporary art festival that will invite emerging and established artists, performers, lighting designers, and architects to make site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection along the Woodward corridor. The inaugural DLECTRICITY will take place Friday, October 5, 2012 (7-midnight) and Saturday, October 6 (5 – 2 AM).

Artists will be utilizing various mediums that fuse sci-fi technology & Victorian spectacle on a grand scale. In addition to commissioning 6-8 major art installations, organizers have issued an open call for entry from which they will select up to 25 projects to transform Midtown Detroit into an illuminated urban spectacle. The Freep reports:

“We want to offer multiple experiences,” said Marc Schwartz, cofounder of Art Detroit Now, an advocacy group that dreamed up the idea and has partnered with economic development nonprofit Midtown Detroit Inc., which is acting as producer. “You’ll be able to drive, but we also hope for people to walk and be able to just come upon work in some intimate spaces.”

…A half-dozen artists with national and international reputations already have been signed up, including Jacco Olivier from the Netherlands, Evan Roth of Paris and the Detroit-based team of Annica Cuppetelli and Christobal Mendoza.

The name for the event was inspired by Detroit’s very own Electric Park which was 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 and later expanding into an amusement park with the development of electrification.