“We want our audience to experience art at a scale that is almost impossible to see elsewhere, and in a grouping that would be hard to pull off in more traditional environments”
ALEX CZETWERTYNSKI (Lead Curator)
In the world of festivals, those who can create and inspire are king. With endless festivals happening around the world and more being added every year, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Festivals begin to take the same look, feel, and experience. It’s only a matter of time until fans get tired of the same thing over and over.
Day For Night breaks from this trend. Already called the “future of festivals”, Day For Night has broken the norm of how we think of festivals. The unique combination of new-age art and media installations, mixed with indie rock and electronic music, makes Day For Night stand out amongst all the other modern U.S. festivals.
In reality, the name Day For Night is an elaboration on the festival’s goal of “faking” a day scene into a night scene. The technology-based installations present the mystery of night during the presence of day. The installations themselves are immersive shows of music, art, and culture. They render and shape light in ways humans are not accustomed to seeing. The combination and dialogue of music, art, and venue, makes the festival itself an immersive art piece. Day For Night’s passionate curation of music and art allows the festival to be mentioned with some of the top transformational festivals in the country, such as Electric Forest, Sonic Bloom, Symbiosis Gathering, and of course, Burning Man.
“Our intention is to bring together talents that are fearlessly crossing over multiple fields and blurring the lines between media”
The second annual Day for Night is held in an indoor-outdoor space near downtown Houston. The venue, the Barbara Jordan branch post office, will house three large stages with easy transitions between art and music. As a former home of Houston’s federal post office, the building consists of mostly empty space and concrete walls. Perfect for the aesthetic of DFN. To fill these empty spaces Day For Night has selected some of the best U.S and international visual artists to create some truly unique immersive art installations.
If Day For Night proves one thing, it’s leading the way into a truly special showcase of modern age art and music.
Day For Night has commissioned 15 artists for this year’s festival. Each artist brings a different aesthetic and feel to Houston. River Beats has assembled a list of our staff’s must see exhibits!
SHIRO by NONOTAK
Returning for their second trip to Day For Night Paris duo Nonotak is known to create “dreamlike environments” with their modern take on light and sound. The group will be responsible for creating “SHIRO,” which will serve as both an immersive art installation and stage for live performance. Shiro consists of a number of intersecting translucent walls. Each of which is controlled and operated by projection mapping software. The walls make the audience feel like they are a part of the exhibit.
Reflector Suits by Children of the Light
Christopher Gabriel and Arnout Hulskamp are Children of Light. An Amsterdam-based visual artists group, who have created one of the most intriguing installations of the festival. Blurring the lines between light, space, and reality the group will create living sculptures that appear to be floating. The Sculptures and their “reflector suits” will take on a life of their own.
Björk Digital by Björk
Debuting in 2016 to massive crowds in Sydney Australia, Bjork Digital is the brainchild of Icelandic Artist Bjork Guðmundsdóttir.
The massive art installation consists of five rooms of virtual reality experiences, film, music, visual designs, and spatial mapping. Björk Digital connects the audience with the art. Digital allows a select group of people journey through connected rooms of art and sound.
The combination of huge visuals, compacted space, and huge sound systems creates a truly special place.
Ghostbeast by Shoplifter
Shoplifter’s Ghostbeast is a “living, breathing interactive sculpture that feeds on sounds, growing inside a large cage during the festival”. The main source of her inspiration? Hair. Icelandic artist Shoplifter creates amazing and beautiful environments. For Shoplifter, hair is the ultimate thread that grows from our body. Shoplifter considers hair to be a distinguished form of art, one that the individual themselves can consider their own art form.
Singularity by Michael Fullman
Michael Fullman and his Los Angeles-based creative design firm, VT Pro Design are constantly pushing the boundaries of visual design and technology. Using colorful light displays and custom programming, VT Pro Design builds out entire worlds for audiences to explore. From intricate set designs to projection-mapped spectaculars, VT is at the forefront of unique creative designs. Fullman’s “Singularity” encourages users to interact with the piece and with one another while experiencing light firsthand. Working with superstars such as Kaskade and ODESZA, Fullman and his team are on the cutting edge of modern day art and media.
Along with our selections, the rest of the list consists of international artist listed below!
AV&C + Houze, Alex Czetwertynski, Damien Echols, Ezra Miller, Golan Levin, Robert Seidel, Shoplifter, TUNDRA, United Visual Artists (UVA), and Various Projects.
Article Photo: Julian Bajsel
Written By: Sean Schmidt