September 18, 2014

Our Invaluable Partners

Two Trees Management Co continues its long tradition of support for the arts through fiscal sponsorship of leading and emerging cultural institutions and generous subsidies and donation of space to artists and groups. As the founding developer of the DUMBO neighborhood we’ve come to know and love, as well as founding sponsor of the DUMBO Arts Festival (and its biggest fan), they make it all possible.

And as a grassroots developer of local business capabilities, neighborhood programming and upkeep, and the most ardent voice in keeping DUMBO a creative capital of NYC, the DUMBO Improvement District (‘the BID’) is another of the invaluable partners that make #DAF14 possible. We’re incredibly grateful for their friendship, support, and constant cheerleading for our event and for our neighbors. To learn more about the culture in DUMBO, visit dumbo.is/culture and thank the DUMBO Improvement District.

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September 17, 2014

Your Art Weekend on the Waterfront!

This year the DUMBO Arts Festival is proud to anchor a fully programmed weekend waterfront of culture in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We continue our partnership with United Photo Industries / Photoville and announce the amazing work of NYC leader the Public Art Fund!

Public Art Fund brings dynamic contemporary art to a broad audience in New York City by mounting ambitious free exhibitions of international scope and impact that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.

During #DAF14, the art rock band, Xiu Xiu, led by Jamie Stewart, will present a durational performance titled Kling Klang using vibrating instruments activated against the copper sheets of Danh Vo’s We The People on Pier 3 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The event is free and open to the public and will take place on Sunday, September 28th at 1pm.

And just around the riverbend, Photoville - conceived as part of the 2011 DUMBO Arts Festival – has grown immensely, becoming  one of the largest photographic events in New York City.  It offers a heady mix of curated exhibitions running the gamut from seasoned photojournalists and high-profile print publications, to graduate student showcases, and fine art practitioners.

This year Photoville will open on Thursday, September 18th and conclude in unison with the 2014 DUMBO Arts Festival – on Sunday, September 28th. Located at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the show will present more than 50 photo exhibitions and outdoor installations in partnership with a carefully selected group of programming partners from around the globe.

*Photo Credit: United Photo Industries / Photoville 


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September 15, 2014

Where the River Meets the Sky

For all of you video game connoisseurs, does the mention of Grand Theft Auto, Ace Combat, and Kill Zone make you think about serene landscapes? We didn’t think so. However, fine art photographer, Joan Pamboukes, creates beautiful artworks by extracting the background environments of popular and infamously violent video games.

Mesmerized by the beauty of these atmospheric digital surroundings, Joan captures and re-emphasizes this intangible, sublime, and fleeting reality in her series Video Game Landscapes. The artist finds it ironic that these soft, peaceful landscapes were designed to house horrid simulations of unspeakable and appalling violence.

Where the River Meets the Sky is an 172′ long landscape comprised of images from Grand Theft Auto. This site-specific work incorporates images from the virtual East River in GTA’s Liberty City, composed so the actual East River meets the digital version at its shore. Covering the construction fence within Brooklyn Bridge Park (opposite Pebble Beach), the project will be on display through Summer of 2015, making its debut during the 2014 DUMBO Arts Festival.

Where the River Meets the Sky is a public art commission of Two Trees Management Co, presented in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park.



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September 12, 2014

Your Home Base

This year our Festival Lounge is back at the corner of Main and Plymouth Streets. It is the perfect place to sit down, relax and finally upload all those images to Instagram! Friendly and informative Volunteer Info Desk is staffed all festival hours, and press can check-in at our Media Desk.

In addition, the lounge will be home to 14 Festival Projects! Come create geometric drawings using giant pencils (Circle Circus), drive a subway train and peek into people’s thoughts (Subway Stories), help a dear write poetry (Dear Deer), interact with a light sculpture using your voice (Sun Speak II) and so much more!

Additional projects include: 87, Global Virtual Drawing Party, Terms of Beauty VII, Strandlines: DUMBO, Assumptions 1, HRI (unpaid internship), Her Contour, Feathered Dragon, Veil, and MPH-Bench.

*photo: Veil by Karin Tehve and Sarah Strauss

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September 10, 2014

chashama Open Studios at the Brooklyn Army Terminal

chashama and the NYC Economic Development Corporation invites the greater New York City area to visit chashama’s largest subsidized studio program located at the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal. Spread across two adjacent buildings and situated along Brooklyn’s waterfront in the Sunset Park neighborhood, the studios will feature painters, sculptors, photographers, and experimental mixed media artists.

For one weekend only (Friday, September 19, 6-10pm, & Saturday, September 20, 3-9pm) , guests can visit over 80 studios, meet the artists, explore finished art and works-in-progress, and join a tour to experience the rich history of the Brooklyn Army Terminal buildings, for FREE!

For a lot more information including exact location, transportation options, list of participating artists and more please visit chashama.org/event/2014OpenStudios

In addition make sure to stop by chashama’s Imaginary Truck on Saturday during the 2014 DUMBO Arts Festival. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

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September 9, 2014

Disco on the Go-Go

Who doesn’t love an impromptu disco party? Music and dance lovers rejoice: artist Thomas Stevenson is bringing DiscoTransformer to the 2014 DUMBO Arts Festival!

Roaming the streets of DUMBO on Friday and Saturday nights, this custom-built street vendor cart houses a music and light system, that transforms an almost unnoticeable object into a mobile dance club! When DiscoTransformer is opened, quilted sheet metal reflects the disco ball inside, and large hidden speakers project sound into public space.

Who needs to be stuck on a sidewalk “VIP” line, when the party can come to you? Join this roving performance and dance, jump, sing and do whatever makes you happy!

Look for DiscoTransformer around Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, on Main Street, Washington Street and under the Manhattan Bridge Archway.

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September 8, 2014

DAF Returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse!

We are so excited to announce that this year the DUMBO Arts Festival will partner once again with the legendary neighborhood venue St. Ann’s Warehouse. Their interim home (check out the progress on the new theater at Tobacco Warehouse when visiting) will house eight of the projects for 2014, converting the corner of Plymouth and Jay Streets into an interactive tech playground. Attendees from all ages are welcome to come in and walk the line between art and technology like never before.

With projects based on string theory, fractal dimension, digital technology and so much more, it is the perfect environment to appreciate art, learn something new about science, and have fun while doing it. Installations to be presented include, (black box), CosmosDegrees of Freedom, Digital BeingPsychic BlurSpell MakerTetrahedron Field and Weather Has Been Nice.

Start or complete your Festival itinerary with a visit to explore St. Ann’s Warehouse and all the exciting pieces we have for you inside.

*photo: Degrees of Freedom by Sabrina Barrios and Digital Being by Taezoo Park.

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October 2, 2010

DAF10 Highlights

Enjoy these photo highlights from the 2010 DUMBO Arts Festival.

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