PS1 show features artists who use light as a medium

Jessica Pleyel's aerobics video will be part of BYOBeamers on March 5. "Workin it" 2011
Jessica Pleyel’s aerobics video will be part of BYOBeamers on March 5. — “Workin it” 2011

Artists working with digital videos, film and overhead projectors, shadow puppets, televisions and flashlights (or any other light-emitting device) should join the fun of BYOBeamers at Public Space One, a light show with locally-made animations, appropriated imagery and open-source video loops. The show takes place on March 5 at 7 p.m. (set-up begins at 6 p.m.), and is an open call for collaborative light installations.

The program builds on a previous BYOBeamer show, which took place on on Feb. 5. The exhibit is based on a project initiated by artist Rafaël Rozendaal.

Artists are invited to bring their work to the show for a full-spectrum celebration of light. Projector availability is limited, but there will be some on-hand at the event.

“Experiments, performances, contraptions, inventions, storytelling, and well, video are all likely to occur at BYOB,” said event organizer Joe Lacina. “But I think the most interesting aspect of BYOB is not the individual things that happen but the experience as a whole, the collection and overlapping of the different voices and images, that’s what’s really cool.”

Lacina is an artist, curator and designer from Grinnell, Iowa, and he received his B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently, he’s pursuing an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Iowa. Lacina is also the founder and co-director of Grin City Collective, a project space and artist residency on a working farm in Grinnell.

This is the second BYOBeamer event; the first brought out overlapping image and sound from several artists, and a third BYOBeamer (following this Thursday’s event) will take place on April 2.

Setup for the event starts at 6 p.m. and the show runs from 7-9 p.m.

Full disclosure: Adam Burke is on the advisory board at PS1, has projected his own video work there and may even participate in an upcoming BYOBeamer event.

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