Videos by Tony Oursler, Marco Brambilla, and More Will Screen on Huge Staten Island Salt Pile

Tony Oursler is used to projecting video onto strange surfaces — he’s made a career of it in fact — but this is a new one. On June 23 he will premiere a new piece alongside video works by Alex Prager, Marco Brambilla, Phillip David Stearns, Rolando Vargas, and more, as well as performances by Rob Andrews, Sarah Hill, and others, on a 150,000-ton pile of salt on Staten Island.

We  have global warming to thank for the  LUMEN 2012 International Video and Performance Art Festival‘s unconventional venue. An unusually mild winter has left Atlantic Salt — a company that supplies New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut with road salt —  with a staggering season-end surplus. It won’t be the only picturesque backdrop for the evening; artists and performers will also incorporate shipping containers, adjacent buildings (some of which date back to the 19th century), and the waters of the nearby Kill Van Kull.

“Though the selection of works in various media is broader and more eclectic than ever,” curator Chris Eamon said in a statement, “the works were chosen to be in tune with the site and provide a sense of being in many connected sites within one larger one. The ambulatory nature of this wonderful post-industrial location on the shore of Staten Island is highlighted in the sense that the passage, from entry gate to the far end of the site, is punctuated with different events, images and happenings.”

The festival, now in its third year, will last from 6pm to midnight on June 23. Admission to LUMEN 2012 is free. See the full list of participating artists and performers below.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Marco Brambilla
Brian Cavanaugh
Rama Chorpash
Brendan Coyle
DD
Ed Davin
Christine Davis
Cameron Gainer
David Galbraith
Jeff Gibson
Victoria Gibson
Niklas Goldbach
Jason Irla
Steve Jones
Steven Lapcevic
Bjorn Melhus
Amanda Morgan
Chee Wang Ng
Kelly Oliver and Keary Rosen
Tony Oursler
Cristina Pavesi
Gabriel Comrie Pepin
PEyOLE (Ola Ignasiak & Andrzej Sieczkowski)
POEMobile
Alex Prager
Marina Roy
Mark Soo
Phillip David Stearns
Rolando Vargas
Edmund Varuolo
Jeanne Verdoux
VolVox Labs
Jay Weichun
Melissa West

PERFORMERS
Alien Moon Partnership
Rob Andrews
Creighton Baxter & Hayley Morgenstern (Collaboration)
Jessica Borusky
Maia Dolphin — Krute & Bradley Tsalyuk (Collaboration)
Phill Fryer
Ryan Hawk
Sarah Hill
Sandy Huckleberry
Rebecca Jampol
Mari — Navotnay Jones & Cathy Vincevic from Mobius (Collaboration)
DB Lampman
Celeste Welch

— Benjamin Sutton