Started as a late-night art party in Paris in 2001, the Nuit Blanche (“White Night”) festival has since spread to cities around the world, with local celebrations from Bucharest to Tokyo offering free, site-specific evenings of light, sound, performance and projection-art every year. Tomorrow, Oct. 1, 2011, works from 30 international artists are on view from 6 pm to 12 midnight along the Greenpoint waterfront as part of what organizers are calling, this year, “Bring to Light.”
The evening has some high-profile participants that promise to make for a memorable event. It all kicks off at 6 pm with the premiere of a short-film anthology from Weston Currie and Grouper (aka Liz Harris), The Perception of Moving Targets.
Sunset is scheduled for 6:38 pm. After that, the full line-up includes Neville Wakefield’s Commercial Break, originally commissioned for the 54th Venice Biennale, which makes its U.S. debut at 7 pm.
Chakaia Booker is stretching fabric screens around playground equipment and projecting textural images onto them for an installation called Shadows, while Rita Ackermann is re-staging and filming a Greenpoint version of a flash mob she originally produced for a previous Nuit Blanche of 100 people walking backwards.
For fans of the Post-Minimalist 1970s, there is the classic Richard Serra video series, Hand Catching Lead, Hands Scraping, Railroad Turnstyle.
Afterparties are also promised throughout the neighborhood. The East River Ferry runs from 34th Street in Manhattan to the India Street Pier in Greenpoint until 8:30 pm, with additional ferries added for the festival running until midnight.