LIGHT 2020 launches in New Bedford

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NEW BEDFORD, MASS.- Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute, the contemporary art institute and its partners will kick off a city-wide, collaborative venture called “LIGHT 2020” from June through September 2020. DATMA’s free public art projects will examine New Bedford’s legacy as the “city that lit the world” with a lens through renewable energy. Each piece will be aimed to enlighten and inspire, will be observed while socially distancing in cars and bikes, and will not involve crowds or require going into a space.

The artists DATMA has selected for LIGHT 2020 feature light as their artistic medium and will provide a respite through artistic expression. Throughout the program year, DATMA will present free performances and exhibitions by Soo Sunny Park and MASARY Studios, and implement the practice of project-based learning and promote STEAM education. DATMA is expanding its educational component by working with faculty at UMASS Dartmouth, the Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited. In addition, DATMA’s guest artists will each work with students in and outside of the classroom, on community beautification projects, and workshops for youth.

DATMA’s LIGHT 2020 presents Photo-kinetic Grid by Soo Sunny Park
Artist Soo Sunny Park’s work reconfigures boundary materials including fencing, glass and plastic windows, sheetrock walls, video cameras, projectors, and light to expand and explore a variety of liminal spaces, in particular spaces between inside and outside, sculpture and drawing, image and object, vision and what we see. Here, she will create a reflective light room, visible from downtown city streets, using media of light and space. Photo-kinetic Grid explores kinetic sculptures in a new way where its central form is built out of welded chain link fencing, filled with see-through silver plastic tiles tied in place by stainless steel wire. Several projectors throw images of the grid back onto itself. The projectors are the primary light source for the work, and these projected images are, in turn, bounced onto the walls, ceiling, and floor of the space.

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