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.
Chee Wang Ng
Kelly Oliver and Keary Rosen
Gabriel Comrie Pepin
PEyOLE (Ola Ignasiak & Andrzej Sieczkowski)
Phillip David Stearns
Alien Moon Partnership
Creighton Baxter & Hayley Morgenstern (Collaboration)
Maia Dolphin — Krute & Bradley Tsalyuk (Collaboration)
Mari — Navotnay Jones & Cathy Vincevic from Mobius (Collaboration)
— Benjamin Sutton