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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Call for Entries: DLECTRICITY, a biennial Nuit Blanche festival, Detroit, MI

Osman Khan, House, 2014. Fluorescent tube lights, aluminum, copper, electronics, wood, acrylic. 10 x 12 x 10 feet. Photo: David Lewinski. Design: Unsold Studio.

DLECTRICITY is Detroit's festival of art + light that showcases site-specific installations by established and emerging artists from the US and around the world. DLECTRICITY is pleased to announce the 2017 open call for entries.

Up to 25 site-specific, outdoor projects for Midtown Detroit's Woodward Corridor will be selected through this call. DLECTRICITY is looking for high-quality projects that will activate the outdoor, nighttime landscape of Midtown Detroit's Woodward Corridor including:

Light art, Video art / 3D video mapping projections / Multimedia installations / Projects that use technology or interactivity and community engagement / Works that utilize mobile platforms (smart phones, tablets) / Performance (art, dance, theatre, music) / Talks and workshops / Kid-friendly and/or educational / The unexpected

The DLECTRICITY Curatorial Committee, including Detroit-based curators and arts professionals, will select the winning projects. The committee consists of:

George N'Namdi, Committee Chair—Owner, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art / Michelle Perron—Director, Office of Exhibitions & Public Programs, College for Creative Studies / Marc Schwartz—Festival Chair, Dlectricity / Marsha Miro—Founder, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) / Elysia Borowy-Reeder—Executive Director, MOCAD / Lawrence Baranski—Director of Public Programs, Detroit Institute of Arts / J. Fiona Ragheb—curator, designer, writer / Chrisstina Hamilton—Director of Visitor's Programs, Stamps School of Art & Design / Frank Arvan—Principal, FX Architecture

Criteria for selection will include creativity, innovation and suitability for display at DLECTRICITY. Accepted projects will be funded up to 3,000 USD. Artists will also receive a 1,000 USD honorarium.

Anyone can apply via the online Slideroom application. The closing date for applications is February 28, 2017. The selected projects will be announced in May 2017.

DLECTRICITY is a biennial Nuit Blanche festival that was last launched in the fall of 2014, transforming the iconic Midtown Detroit neighborhood into a spectacular nighttime environment of temporary public art. 150,000 people attended the 2014 festival.  DLECTRICITY is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit planning and development agency charged with the revitalization of Detroit's Midtown District.

DLECTRICITY will commission projects by local, national and international artists of acclaim to exhibit alongside projects selected from the open call. Over two nights, a broad and diverse audience will see Midtown Detroit's buildings and architecture in a new light. DLECTRICITY is scheduled for September 22 through 23, 2017.

More information about the DLECTRICITY open call including full application guidelines are available at

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