Form and Substance: Miami was an exhibition coinciding with Art Basel: Miami Beach, at Miami's Bayfront Park and the world famous InterContinental Miami. Form and Substance:Miami combined an interior gallery style exhibition of projection mapping, video, light art and a monumental, temporary, exterior public art installation projected onto the InterContinental Miami's north façade, which at 100 meters tall was visible from Bayfront Park to well beyond.
Form and Substance was founded by a group of artists, designers, and projection mapping specialists to provide a platform for artists working in the cutting edge mediums of projection and light to display their work to new audiences. The founding members of Form and Substance include Bryan and Michelle Dodson of Integrated Visions Productions, Joel Fitzpatrick, Danny Whetstone of DWP Live, Brian Blessinger and John Ensor Parker. Team members have been instrumental in creating and producing large and small scale projection mapping installations around the country,
InterContinental Miami Facade
Dawn of Man
Dandelion & Burdock
Olek & Michelle P. Dodson
Kris D & Integrated Visions Productions
dandelion + burdock
Integrated Visions Productions
John Ensor Parker
Public Art Video Projections on the Manhattan Bridge, co-presented with the DUMBO Improvement District and the New York City Department of Transportation.
Dumbo, Brooklyn Anchorage Place and Pearl St. May 2015 - Present First Thursday of every month (dusk-10 pm) +Special Presentations TBD
Every first Thursday of the month, the Manhattan Bridge comes alive with “Light Year,” a publicly presented projected video art exhibition. Exhibitions are also presented via “Live Feed” online the day of the show and at the Fata Morgana Project Space Gallery in Berlin.
Created and presented by long time Dumbo artists and curators, John Ensor Parker, The Leo Kuelbs Collection, and Glowing Bulbs, “Light Year” activates the streets of the Brooklyn neighborhood.
The “Light Year” concept invites viewers to consider the confluence of all types of Video Art, Public Art and Experimental Cinema. Context changes meaning, the media and site become as crucial to the message as the content. As technology and science continue their rapid evolutionary tracks, “Light Year” highlights shifting points of view and perspective, which impact meaning and interaction. The Curatorial team from Light Year or invited curators, produce a variety of new programs designed for presentation in a public space, while also being at the forefront of public/video art content, collaboration and conceptual curiosity.
All of the collaborators, John Ensor Parker, Leo Kuelbs, and Glowing Bulbs are based in Dumbo, and have been a part of almost every major projection event that has taken place on the Manhattan Bridge since 2010. Their daily interactions with the bridge and the neighborhood, as well as their internationally recognized creative achievements are at the heart of the “Light Year” concept and project. Working with the Dumbo BID and the NYC DOT, “Light Year” is an authentic representation of the neighborhood’s relationship to the city, as well as to the greater world. Presented to the public, every first Thursday, free of charge.
Image from Joon Kim's "Blue Fish", 2012, LIGHT YEAR 9: "Silence," Curated by Leo Kuelbs, Photo by Tomas Eller
Light Year projections on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage
Video still from “A Stranger to Words" by Meng Chih Chiang
light year 24: passenger moment
Curated by Luchia Meihua Lee, Executive Director, Taiwanese American Arts Council
Participating artists: Meng Chih Chiang: A Stranger to Words Jeremiah Teipen: Ice Cubes Melting in a Plastic Cup Poyen Wang: A Fabricated Personal History Chinchih Yang: Kill Me or Change Rosalie Yu and Alon Chitayat: Skin Deep
Video still from "Untitled (Milk Mountain)," by Keegan Luttrell + Justin King
light year 23: digital fairy tales: album two
Curated by Leo Kuelbs and Sandra Ratkovic
Participating Artists: Keegan Luttrell + Justin King, Daniela Kostova + Anna Leevia, Daniela Imhoff, Kristian Pedersen + Elke Brauweiler, Anton Marini & Danielle Ezzo, Boris Kralj + Matresanch, Michael McGuirk + Alex Hamadey
Video still from Sean Capone
Light Year 22: Neo-Past-Forward v.1.0
Curated by Lee Wells, Director of the International Fine Arts consortium (IFAC Arts) Participating Artists: Bibbe Hansen, Dnasab, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Lee Wells Patrick Lichty, Raymond Salvatore Harmon, Sean Capone
Video still from Lilly McElroy, Untitled (Sun in Hand), 2016
Curated by Erin Dziedzic Director of Curatorial Affairs, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Participating Artists: , Janaye Brown (NY), Craig Drennen (GA), Kevin Jerome Everson (VA), Victoria Fu (CA), Lilly McElroy (KS)
Previous Light Year Exhibitions
Light Year 20: Attachments
Curated by Leo Kuelbs. Participating artists: Matl Findel, Miklos Buk, Danielle de Picciotto
Light Year 19: Advances and Retreats
Curated by John Ensor Parker + Sarah Walko. Participating artists: Jaanika Peerna, Monika Bravo, Heather M. O'Brien, Hamra Abbas, Andrew Thomas Huang
Light Year 18: Digital Fairy Tales: Album One
Curated by Sandra Ratkovic + Leo Kuelbs. Participating artists: Rani Messias + King Toth, Sarah Mock + Daniela Imhoff, Richard Jochum + Kriss Roebling, Integrated Visions + Miss Natasha Enquist, Radka Salcmannova, Thomas Rotenberg, Josh Graham
Light Year 17: Earth Revisited
Curated by Leo Kuelbs. Artists: Nina Sobell + Laura Ortman, Danielle de Picciotto + Lary7, Sarah Walko + Justin King, Laszlo Zsolt Bordos, Vadim Schaeffler + Pablo Paolo Kilian, Eike Berg + Jarboe, Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps + Alon Cohen
Light Year 16: This Land Is Your Land
Curated by Erin Joyce Projects. Artists: Sama Alshaibi, Basma Alsharif, Raven Chacon, Nicholas Galanin, Steven J. Yazzie
Light Year 15: Electrique
Curated by The Hollows Artspace. Video: Sofia Theofilaktidis
Curated by Tamas Veszi + Daniela Kostova. Artists: Andreq Wolf, Jennifer Dalton, Cliff Evans, Eva Davidova, George Peck, Adam Frelin, Andras Borocz
Light Year 12: One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Curated by Albert Chau. Artists: Adrian K, Alex Kwan, Cindy Suen, Aya Kakeda + Deodato Pangandoyon, Marka27, Michael C. Hsiung, Rose Wong, Stickymonger, Taezoo Park, Scott Albrecht
Light Year 11: Decomposition And Transcendence
Curated by Leo Kuelbs + Aaron Riedel. Artists: Radka Salcmannova, MarieVic + Theo Croker, Sarah Trouche, Thomas D. Rotenberg + Jarboe, Ryan Uzilevsky + Adam Harding, Zoe Duchesne + Alex Hamadey, Naormi Meijia Wang + John Terhorst
Light Year 10: Subjectivity Inc.
Curated by Szilvi Nemet. Artists: Adam Ulbert (H/NL), Natalija Vujosevic (ME), Ivan Rohonyi Demko (H), Gergo Kovacs (H), Tamas Komoroczky (H), Rui Hu (USA)
Light Year 9: Silence!
Curated by Leo Kuelbs. Artists: Noah Klersfeld, Tomas Eller, Kim Joon, Yi Zhou, Eelco Brand, Christine Schulz
Light Year 8: New Video Art From Berlin
Curated by Daniela Imhoff. Artists: Kristian Paustian, Laszlo Antal, Daniels Imhof, Sarah Mock, Anna Maysuk, Franz Reimer, Henrike Naumann, Franziska Kabisch
Light Year 7: Marble House Project Presents Decomposing Hierarchies
Curated by Sarah Walko. Works by Marble House Project 2015 Residents: Anne Katrine-Senstad, Catherine Page Harris, Orit Ben-Shitrit, Margequx Walter, Jeannette Ehlers
Curated by Patrick Urwyler. Artists: ÁRON KÚTVÖLGYI-SZABÓ (Hungary), TSUYOSHI ANZAI (Japan), ÁDÁM SZABÓ (Hungary), and PETER AERSCHMANN (Switzerland)
Light Year 4: Transflexion: The Net Of Mirrors
Curated by Leo Kuelbs + Eike Berg. Artists: soundtrack created by: Alexander Hacke (New York/Berlin) videos: Bordos.ArtWorks (Budapest), Danielle de Picciotto (New York/Berlin), Helga Griffiths (Darmstadt), Thomas Lüer (Frankfurt), Robert Seidel (Berlin) and Caspar Stracke (Helsinki)
Light Year 3: Depth Of Field
Curated by Leo Kuelbs + Farkas Fulop. Artists: Thomas Draschan, Glowing Bulbs, John Ensor Parker, Vadim Schaeffler and Ryan Uzilevsky
Light Year 2: Crest And Trough
Curated by Sarah Walko + John Ensor Parker. Artists: Ella Condon (Australia) The Light Loop, Joao Penoni (South America | Brazil) Volt, Klaus Pamminger (Europe | Austria) Notes on Mackey, Marina Zurkow (North America | USA) Elixir, Paul Miller | djSpooky (Antarctica) Sinfonia Antarctica, Shahram Entekhabi (Asia | Iran) I am John Galt, Zina Saro-Wiwa (Africa | Nigeria) Sarogua Mourning
Light Year 1: Inaugural Event: Submerged
Curated by Leo Kuelbs + Karl Erickson. Artists: United VJs, Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke, Jim Ellis, Sam Marlow and Alon Cohen, Nicole Antebi and Laura Ortman, Kitzinger Gabor and Alex Hamadey, Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps and Fabio Fonda
New York Festival of Light
Associate Producer / Co-Curator of Projection Mapping
The New York Festival of Light (NYFOL) is an annual public cultural festival featuring a curated collection of light based art installations and performances from New York City and around the world. The inaugural festival took place November 2014 in partnership with the DUMBO Business Improvement District. John was the associate producer of the overall festival including site acquisition, production planning and also co-curated the mapping portion of the festival with curator Leo Kuelbs.
NYFOL is presented by New York Festival of Light Organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Curated by: John Ensor Parker + Leo Kuelbs
Presented by: 3_Search
"Codex Dynamic" was a publicly presented video projection exhibition, that took place during the 2012 Dumbo Arts Festival. Comprised of an international cast of artists and covering 33,000+ sq. ft. (3,065 sq. meters) of the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Archway and the adjacent cityscape, the exhibition employed the latest in video mapping technologies.
Two artists' collectives created 3D video-mapped works covering the surface of the Manhattan Bridge's East Anchorage elevation and the interior of the Archway. The majority of the single-channel works appeared within the Archway, while "Isolation Tank" by Gary Hill was seen on an adjacent architectural surface at Water St. & Jay St.
Video Projections Systems Provided jointly by WorldStage Inc and Nationwide Video Equipment Rental. Additional support provided by the Dumbo Arts Festival, NYC DOT Urban Art Program & the Dumbo BID.
Participating artists include:
Video-mapping: Glowing Bulbs + John Ensor Parker Integrated Visions
Single-channel: Enid Baxter Blader Eelco Brand Monika Bravo Shahram Entekhabi Jesse Fleming Gary Hill Jaakko Pallasvuo SYSTEM D-128 Eszter Szabo Gabriela Vainsencher Mariana Vassileva Sarah Walko + Malado Baldwin Yi Zhou Marina Zurkow + Daniel Shiffman
Executive Producer / Dome Projection Mapping & A/V
Evolution² was a dome-based projection-mapping event created by The Leo Kuelbs Collection and Glowing Bulbs with production design and execution by John Ensor Parker in celebration of the release of Dom Perignon’s new P2 Premium Champagne. Presented a private location, to a select audience, Evolution² is customized evolution, a desire for heightened individuality, incorporating transformative blends of nature, science, art and design.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Assistant Art Director
John was invited by Integrated Visions Productions to be part of the Art Direction Team on the Saks Fifth Avenue's annual projection mapping and lighting event in 2014 titled "An Enchanted Experience".
The show features the innovative integration of LED and strobe lighting fixtures combined into an architectural projection mapping show on the iconic facade of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. Lighting design and projections, designed by Integrated Visions Productions. An array of 1800 LED nodes as well as strobes, up-lights, and lit garlands installed by American Christmas.
DWP Live provided the projection equipment and support for the installation, using Barco 26,000 lumen HD projectors to illuminate the facade and the Coolux Pandora’s Box Media Server to drive the display. To synchronize the lighting and sound with the video, Integrated Visions used the Pharos Controls LPC4.
The live stream of the opening performance, which featured the Rockettes and Grucci Fireworks, is estimated to have been seen by over 5 million people. The presentation played every ten minutes daily from November 24th thru January 4th to an estimated audience of 25 million people.
Independent Filmmaker project (IFP) Film Week 2016
Video Projections on the Manhattan Bridge
September 17th, 18th and 21st, Manhattan Bridge/Anchorage Place at Pearl St./DUMBO
John Ensor Parker, Leo Kuelbs Collection and Glowing Bulbs are partnered with IFP for Film Week 2016.
To celebrate Film Week's move to Brooklyn, there was a curated selection of past Light Year videos projected for three special engagements on September 17th, 18th, and 21st, featuring video and animation from both established and up-and-coming artists from around the globe.
These three Film Week presentations were projected onto the Manhattan Bridge anchorage from dusk until 10PM on all three nights, in conjunction with IFP Film Week events.
Vadim Schaeffler + Pablo Paolo Kilian, Sarah Walko + Justin King, Thomas D. Rotenberg + Jarboe, Karl Erickson + Justin King, Ryan Uzilevsky, Cyriac Harris + Eskmo, Gabor Kitzinger + Alex Hamadey, Laszlo Zsolt Bordos, Robert Seidel, Thomas D. Rotenberg + Damian Master, Caspar Stracke, Gabor Kitzinger + Alex Hamadey, Visakh Menon + Heavy Birds, Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps + Fabio Fonda, UNITED VJs, Laszlo Zsolt Bordos
About IFP: The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 35-year history, IFP has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Miranda July, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin.
3_Search presents, “Initiations,” a single channel and projection mapped video exhibition, as part of the inaugural New York Festival of Lights. Projected on the north façade of the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, “Initiations” is curated by John Ensor Parker and Leo Kuelbs and includes mapped works from Glowing Bulbs, Integrated Visions, dandelion & burdock, Bordos, Robert Seidel and others.
Documentation video by Blue Barn Pictures, INC
Curated by John Ensor Parker + Leo Kuelbs
Presented by 3_Search, Illuminated Ops was a video projection-mapping exhibition that took place December 2013 on the former National Geospatial Intelligence Agency building at The Yards in Washington DC.
Participating Artists: Glowing Bulbs featuring John Ensor Parker Integrated Visions United VJs.
Video documentation by Marton Gabor Sound Design by Péter Sabák (Studio H)
The project was made possible by Forrest City and The Art Yards.
Presented by 3_Search Curated by: John Ensor Parker + Leo Kuelbs
“Dumbo Glow” is a single-channel video exhibition presented on the Manhattan Bridge anchorage that continues a winter tradition started in Berlin in 2009. The “Glow” series brought together a wide array of video works from a full spectrum of artists and created a “homecoming” like atmosphere. “DUMBO Glow” expands this tradition by bringing it to New York City.
Participating Artists: Anne Katrine Senstad Christine Schulz Constantin Hartenstein Dana Levy Danielle de Picciotto Denis Salivanov James Edmonds Jesse Fleming Karl Erickson Monica Cook Nicole Antebi Noah Klersfeld Sarah Walko Tomas Eller
Video still from “West Coast Indians” by Anne Katrine Senstad as part of “DUMBO Glow”
Crest & Trough
Video Exhibition on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, DUMBO, 2015
Curated by: John Ensor Parker + Sarah Walko
Ella Condon (Australia) The Light Loop
Joao Penoni (South America | Brazil) Volt
Klaus Pamminger (Europe | Austria) Notes on Mackey
Marina Zurkow (North America | USA) Elixir
Paul Miller | djSpooky (Antarctica) Sinfonia Antarctica
“Crest and Trough” is a video exhibition with each of the seven continents being represented. The title is a derived reference to the four oceans that lie between the continents and their waves that continually unify and transmit. The space between the crest and the trough of a wave varies depending on the size and amplitude. This as a metaphor is a dynamic region contains varying perspectives of life, death, tradition and culture from each continent to culminate in New York City together, sharing the same canvas.
“Crest and Trough” is presented as a part of “Light Year”, a series of projected video art exhibitions that occur on the First Thursday of every month in DUMBO, Brooklyn on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage. It is made possible by 3_Search, the DUMBO Business Improvement District and the NYC Department of Transportation Art Program, "Light Year” was conceived in honor of the United Nations’ declaration of 2015 as The Year of Light.
Attached image credit: Video still from “Sarogua Mourning” by Zina Saro-Wiwa