September 24, 2013

Bubble Extravaganza!

The DUMBO Arts Festival wouldn’t be complete without a colorful art procession and this year we have a true spectacle! Russian performance artist, provocateur and the ultimate humanist - Andrey Bartenev – Bubbles of Hope will deliver a message of harmony and joy with a healthy dash of sheer extravagance. With the help of 120 costumes from his collections as well as live music accompaniment, Andrey will make you fall in love with performance art and for 2 hours you are guaranteed to have the time of your life!

Meet the team on Saturday, September 28th at noon at the East River Ferry Pier 1 Landing at Brooklyn Bridge Park to greet the triumphant arrival of the fantastical Bubbles. Follow them through the streets of DUMBO and witness the culmination of the spectacular bubble party at Tobacco Warehouse. Everyone is welcome to participate! Wear a costume,  hold a sign with a personal wish, dance, take photos or simply march along!

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September 23, 2013

Kids. Art. Fun!

Our NEW and improved kids' art experience has moved even closer to the Festival's center. A reimagined lot space at the intersection of Plymouth and Washington Streets is filled with chances to see, do, and make, including full run experiences and one-day-only features.

The Kidlot will be open 12pm to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a special preview opportunity on Friday of DADA Playground by Dancing Diablo, and amazing installation that anchors the space all weekend.

Saturday-Sunday mainstays will include our partners from Time Out producing Time Out New York Kids Crafting and Cover Photo BoothStreet Librarian Storytime by Urban Librarians UniteFamily Art Day Workshop by Creatively WILD Art Studio and the return of fan favorite Drawbots by Jonah Brucker-Cohen. And new to the Festival with great kids' maker opportunities will be ProjectArt .

Bring the wee ones, or stop by to feel young. The entire Festival is family-friendly, but the Kidlot will buzz with activities all weekend!

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September 19, 2013

Speculating in the Triangle: Tar Sands Exploration

Artists often get inspired by environmental issues close to their heart. In the past, we’ve featured projects addressing a variety of related topics including pollution, energy use and species extinction, and #DAF13 is no different.

Canadian artist Allison Rowe will park her 1982 Dodge camper van in the Pearl Street Triangle for the duration of the festival and welcome everyone wishing to learn more about tar sands.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, tar sands are a mixture of sand, water, clay and bitumen – a heavy black viscous oil. Tar sands are mined and processed to extract oil and we all know environment and oil don’t usually go hand in hand. Stop by Allison’s mobile museum and see 3D, video, audio and food based artworks that address the Canadian tar sand deposits and the pipelines that ship it.

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September 18, 2013

Tune In: New Video Art and a New Gallery!

With DUMBO’s popularity increasing, indoor exhibition space is becoming very scarce so we are thrilled to be able to showcase some of our great indoor installations this year at an impromptu gallery space located at 85 Washington Street. Some of you may remember it as the former Pomme store, but once you walk in you will barely recognize it. Serving as the hub for most of the video pieces featured this year, there will be 17 projects within the space, 12 of which are video works.

This year, the common theme for these video artworks is identity, gender and labor. Showcasing a variety of pieces, from single channel works like It's Never Fun: Part 1 & Part 2 by DAF alumni Jordan Rathus, to a series of short films titled Mexico City curated by newcomer Daniel J. Wilson.

But don’t you worry, if video works are not up to your liking be sure to still stop by 85 Washington and play with Manuela Donoso and Crys Moore’s interactive project Working Title, admire Ryan Frank’s Wood Box Series or watch Amelia Marzec’s performance New American Sweatshop.

For a complete list of all installations at this location visit Find Art, select Map View and click on the pin with a “plus” sign closer to corner of Washington and York Streets.

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