Lyons Pool (20 Victory Blvd., Staten Island)
One of the most anticipated summer events to happen in New York City, the fourth annual LUMEN Video and Performance Festival will be taking place at Lyons Pool. The pool, one of a group of eleven immense public swimming pools that opened throughout the city in the summer of 1936, will be transformed by 50 local and international artists who will participate in this year’s LUMEN Festival. Presented by Staten Island Arts, the festival takes place on Saturday June 15, 2013, from 6pm to midnight, and is free and open to the public.
There is no need to bring your suit and towel to this pool party – you’ve been granted access to the site before the New York City Parks Department fills the pools with water for the summer! In lieu of water, the site will be illuminated and infiltrated by such creatures as new media projectionist DD’s re-animation of the beast from the classic 1955 B-movie ‘It Came From Beneath The Sea,’ which will playfully question what monsters still exist within our oceans. Another creature lurking in the darkness will be Scott Van Campen’s Butterfly Machine, a giant wheeled butterfly contraption with a Super 8 film projector mounted on the front. Visitors will be invited to pedal the machine causing the wings to flap up and down and the projector to illuminate the side of the pool with a silent film of mechanical butterflies in flight.
LUMEN 2013 will feature video installations, new media projections, animation, light and sound art, curated this year by David C. Terry and Esther Neff. Terry is the Director of Programs/Curator at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) where he oversees the Fellowships, Curatorial, Sponsorship and Professional Development Programs while Neff is an artist, curator, theorist and founder of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), which is a performance space in Bushwick, a flexible collective, and the moniker for her collaborative performance work with Brian McCorkle. In addition to the traditional open call to artists and emphasis on emerging artists, internationally acclaimed artists were asked to participate, selecting specific works that speaks to the phenomenal and playful locale.
In addition to the main swimming pool, artists and performers will utilize the diving pool, wading pool, lobby rotunda, the rooftop promenades as well as animating a near-by Parks tower that looms in the distance.