This Saturday, the darkest corners of industrial Brooklyn will be exposed as part of the Nuit Blanche: Bring to Light festival, an all-night arts extravaganza taking over the Greenpoint waterfront.
Nuit Blanche (French for “white night” or “all-nighter”) is a global network of locally-organized nighttime contemporary art events. It was founded, perhaps unsurprisingly, in Paris in 2001, and now takes place in several cities, simultaneously on one night, so you can party by proxy with people all over the world. Oh, and everything is free!
Brooklyn's contribution will involve some 50 works from local artists, including a giant light projection of illuminated figures scaling the façade of an abandoned warehouse, a fleet of food trucks serving snacks, and extended hours for the East River Ferry, which will run until midnight. "Bring to Light brings the museum to the warehouse, the gallery to the factory façade, the grand monument to the smallest neighborhood corner,” said Ethan Vogt, Executive Director of Nuit Blanche New York.
We went to last year's first-ever Nuit Blanche New York and can report that it's a slightly surreal, tech-heavy, visually stunning night that's definitely worth a visit. Here's a look at the 2010 video, which should give you some idea of what to expect: