Flash:Light was a free public arts festival that took place on Saturday May 7, 2011 in New York City.
It included a collaborative projection project “Let Us Make Cake” on the New Museum facade, 3D projections and performances on and inside St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral; and a series of site-specific installations along Mulberry Street. The event represented a new platform for artists working in light, sound, performance and projection art to transform an iconic New York City neighborhood into a spectacular nighttime environment of temporary, site-specific public art.
An initiative of Nuit Blanche New York, Flash:Light was a featured project of the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City, a bold initiative for artists, urbanists and activists to exchange ideas, propose solutions and improve urban life.
In preparation for Flash:Light, eighteen artists engaged in four half-day workshops around the themes of the Festival of Ideas – the reconfigured, the networked, the heterogeneous and the sustainable city. Artists debated the role of spectacle in public art,the influence of the New Museum on its surroundings, notions of sustainability for working artists, the legacy of the Situationist International in contemporary interventionist art, and how to interact with the Nolita neighborhood. The result is showcased through new works that advocate for a more imaginative public realm.
Nuit Blanche New York specializes in supporting artists working in light, sound and projection to produce nighttime public art events that engage creative communities. It was founded in the summer of 2010 by a handful of artists working in film, urban planning, music, curation and product design who share a passion for transforming the way we experience urban space. In October 2010, theorganization produced Bring to Light, New York City’s first Nuit Blanche that transformed the industrial waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn for thousands of visitors: www.bringtolightnyc.org.