LIGHT 2020

DATMA is using art and technology to bring some needed light to the people of our community during the darkest hours of the coronavirus.

Building on the success of our Summer Winds 2019 project and our main outdoor installation called Silver Current by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, DATMA remains committed to bringing free public art—driven by technology and inspired by design—to lift the hearts and spirits of people on the SouthCoast again this summer.

Our 19th century whaling industry earned New Bedford the title of “the City that Lit the World.” For our second year’s programming, DATMA will focus on programs united by the theme of LIGHT.

LIGHT at a Glance

MASARY Studios

Evening only viewing hours from June 20 – August 1: Nightly from 8:30pm – midnight on three exterior building facades located along Union Street.

Location 1: June 20 – July 1 (COMPLETE)
NB Whaling Museum’s Captain Paul Cuffe Park (along Union Street between Johnny Cake Hill & North Water Street)
Location 2: July 2 – July 16 (COMPLETE)
Was seen on the walls of the empty lot between Subtext Bookshop & Shimmer beauty shop (along Union Street between 187 and 209 Union Street)
Location 3: July 17 – August 1 (COMPLETE)
Was seen on the wall of the Webster Bank building (along Union Street next to  Dunkin’ Donuts l& across from  Cottage Antiques.

Artist Talk ALERT!!! Meet Ryan & Samo watching their recorded interview that aired July 30th. The link is HERE and on our news page.

Three downtown New Bedford building facades will come alive thanks to renowned MASARY Studios who have created large-scale digital projections with unique musical accompaniment that spotlight our maritime industry —still the heart of our region’s economy. This project was supported by partnerships that were paramount to the success of this project. A special thanks to the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and to LuminArtz for their instrumental collaboration on the Vessels project. 

The Vessels project includes a special performance schedule for end of June 2021, when it is healthy to be in a group setting once again. Research support for this project is made possible through our partnership with New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

Soo Sunny Park
Photo Kinetic Grid, 2018

Day & evening viewing hours: all day – midnight from now until September 14, 2020

Location: This reflective light installation can be seen at the corner of Union Street & Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 at the UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus. This project is very visible from the street and sidewalks through the building’s floor to ceiling glass gallery windows. A special thanks to Umass Dartmouth CVPA for hosting this exhibition in their new Swain Studio corner space.

Sculptor, Soo Sunny Park brings New Bedford her artwork titled, Photo-kinetic Grid, a spectacular exhibit that can be seen through the Star Store’s floor to ceiling windows. Viewers will be mystified by reflective silver mirrors embedded in welded chain link fencing emitting light and colorful rainbows generated by camera-projector cycles. Watch the artist and her crew install the artwork live from 8pm-4pm through Thursday, June 18th! or visit our Facebook page to catch some Facebook Live moments from the install.

Patricia Gomes

The City that Lit the World, 2020

Read by the author. The read Pat’s poem, you may visit her work published in our news section HERE. We would also like to share a work she wrote for DATMA’s 2019 Summer Winds Series titled, Gale Force.


LIGHT program partners

Our Media Sponsors

Our Sponsors

LIGHT programs to be viewed in 2021 due to Covid 19

Miwa Matreyek will be exhibiting her collection of collages and performing Infinitely Yours. Her performance and exhibition is now set for 2021, when we can once again come together in groups. The exhibition will be at the Downtown New Bedford, BCC builiing. Her performance will be held at Cooks Theatre in the Whaling Museum.

Underway once school starts back up, DATMA’s LIGHT 2020 uses STEAM to create public art by students from Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School. This special projct is set to be installed in October of 2020, but we may extend the project to the spring 2021 when we learn more about school opening dates. This project is in part generously supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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