Nuit Blanche started ten years ago in Paris with the idée fixe of familiarizing the general public with contemporary art. The one-night-only outdoor public art show hits Greenpoint this evening, October 1, with over 50 installations scattered across the industrial waterfront, on building facades, and in warehouses.
Curbed got a preview of the show while the artists were setting up last night, and in no particular order, a few things that should not be missed:
· Diller Scofidio's 1993 video piece asking pointed questions about gentrification. Location: a brick wall facing the Greenpoint ferry dock at the end of India Street.
· Interactive projection with live green screen action projected on a humongous dilapidated building; Daniel Canogar rigged it so that viewers' shadows are incorporated into the video loop. Location: Milton Street between West Street and Franklin Avenue.
· Tungsten lights strung in a canopy inside a dark, cavernous warehouse; the lights dim and brighten in response to the accompanying sound installation. Location: 69 West Street; enter near furniture store From the Source and head all the way back, then to the right.
· A deep, unsettling piece with narrative from American and Polish veterans in Afghanistan by Krzysztof Wodiczko, one of the original projection mappers. Location: Veronica People's Club, 105 Franklin Street.
· CCTV, a blinking, roving eye projected under the lofty water tower near the waterfront. Location: Milton Street.
· Curbed regular Nathan Kensinger's Greenpoint photos. Location: Warehouse at 69 West Street.
It all happens tonight from 6-midnight. Pro tip: take the East River Ferry!
· Nuit Blanche 2011 [bringtolightnyc.org]