Your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 LUMA Projection Arts Festival
In what has become a major festival in the Southern Tier that thousands look forward to each year, the LUMA Projection Arts Festival is set to take some of the most iconic buildings in downtown Binghamton and bring them to life.
Now in its fifth year, the festival will feature the work of artists from around the world on September 6 and 7.
There's lots going on over the two days to dazzle the eyeballs, but you will definitely want to be prepared, especially if you are looking drive to the event, as many streets will be blocked off and there are several designated parking areas.
Be sure to click HERE for a map of all the performances, as well as participating restaurants, parking information, and ride share dropoff locations.
Check out all the different features of this year's LUMA festival below:
"Phasing Rain" by Onionlabs & Xavi Bone-- 142 State Street (State Street Parking Garage)
[Photo: David Hermanovitch][/caption]"Phasing Rain" is a brand-new display by Barcelona-based OnionLab and renowned artist Xavi Bone that is making its international debut at LUMA 2019.
Taking place in the sub-levels of the State Street parking garage, "Phasing Rain" takes inspiration from the story of Noah's Arc, and tells a cautionary tale about global warming.
According to the LUMA website, "Phasing Rain" immerses people in 26 channels of audio, created by Spanish composer Zincman.
This is a ticketed event. Tickets cost $5. Click here to purchase yours.
"The Awakening" by Light Harvest-- 95 Court Street
[Photo: David Hermanovitch][/caption]Used in performances at previous LUMA Festivals, the building that used to be home to the First National Bank will have another projection shown on it this year. "The Awakening" explores how our ambitions can be both a blessing and a curse.
"DATANOVA" by OUCHHH & Grandson Creative-- 78 Exchange Street (SUNY Broome Culinary School/former Carnegie Library)
[Photo: David Hermanovitch][/caption]Now being developed to house SUNY Broome's new culinary school this fall, the former Carnegie Library building on Exchange Street is going to once again have a performance projected onto it. The show, by OUCHHH & Grandson Collective, takes a look how the universe and data are intertwined.
"Pandora's Box" by Maxin10sity-- 79 Collier Street
[Photo: David Hermanovitch][/caption]"Pandora's Box" will be a projection on 79 Collier Street, near the traffic circle. It will go through the Greek myth of Pandora's Box.
"Sviatovid" by Bartr Kresa Studio-- 42 Chenango Street (United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton)
Inside the United Prebyterian Church of Binghamton, "Sviatovid" will be a three-and-a-half minute light show featuring a 15-foot-tall totem on the alter of the church.
Sviatovid is Slavic deity who was on an international mission to bring people together.
According to the Sviatovid website, "The church spire, pipe organ, and stained glass will all inspire the musically-driven, animated looks."
"One Giant Leap" by Favorite Color-- 49 Court Street (HealthLink NY building)
[Photo: David Hermanovitch][/caption]In previous years, Favorite Color's projections featured 50-foot-long lizards and time machines. This year, the studio is celebrating 50 years since the first moon landing by taking the crowd through a journey in the cosmos.
"The Challenge" by Freckled Sky-- 1 Stuart Street (Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena)
[Photo: David Hermanovitch][/caption]Created by Freckled Sky, who has performed on America's Got Talent and has recently helped organize an award show performance by P!nk, this ticketed event takes us through the jjourney of a young hero using projection techniques that have been described as cutting-edge and defying explanation.
Tickets for some performances on Friday and Saturday are still available. They can be purchased by clicking here.
Mural Mapping-- 34 Court Street
[Photo: David Hermanovitch][/caption]Back again for another year, work from local artists is being digitized and made to be displayed on Binghamton's architecture. This display has given local artists the chance to get their work shown to thousands during the festival.
Selected works will also be on display in non-projected form at the Cooperative Gallery on State Street during LUMA.
"All Your Buildings Are Belong To Us"-- 75 Court Street
[Photo: David Hermanovitch][/caption]Three Binghamton University students teamed up for this projection that pays homage to some of the greatest characters and moments in video game history.
"Anahata" by John Singletary-- 236 Washington Street (The Forum Theatre)
[Photo: David Hermanovitch][/caption]This art feature includes artwork on "OLED electronic canvases, multimedia sculptures and traditionally printed photographs."
Held Saturday evening at the Broome County Arts Council on Saturday evening, these talks are free and open to the public.
At 5 p.m.. Binghamton University Professor of Biological Sciences & Anthropology David Sloan Wilson discusses what role evolution has played in humankind's love of story telling.
The second talk, at 6 p.m., is held by Paul Schleuse, Binghamton University Associate Professor of Musicology. He will discuss the inspiration of the music used in the "Phasing Rain" feature.
Silent Disco-- Lost Dog Cafe
A different kind of party on Friday night, attendees will be given wireless headphones, and the music from multiple DJs are broadcast directly to you. You get to chose which tunes you groove to. Click here for ticket information.
Afterglow-- The Cave
LUMA's Saturday night afterparty for members of the LGBT community. The show is hosted by Cherry Blase and will feature drag fashion. The party is being co-produced by UHS PrEP.