What will you see at BLINK light festival? Organizers announce first wave of artists

BLINK organizers made the first reveal on what to expect for this year’s glowing lights adventure.BLINK 2022 will take place Oct. 13 through 16. The four-day event will span 30 city blocks for an immersive light exhibit. The event will feature street art pieces, projection mapping and light-based installations. Organizers announced the first round of artists from all over the world who are participating in the event.Artists coming include London-based visual artist Shantell Martin, who will bring her black-and-white style that comes from her background as an intuitive philosopher and cultural facilitator.Muralist Case Maclaim will bring her work to the festival that uses overlays of hands in different positions, depicting not just physical movement but also political and societal action.Artists will also be celebrating unique cultures from across the world.Portuguese visual artist and illustrator AddFuel is incorporating elements influenced by 140-plus-year-old The Rookwood Pottery Company.Artist Wendy Yo will bring a collaborative effort of projection and dance, thanks to a partnership with Cincy-based Hip Hop Cultural Arts Center Elementz. Afro-surrealist visual artist Vince Fraser will also explore the collaborative possibilities, working with Underworld Black Arts Festival and Napoleon Maddox to tell the history of Little Africa with a large-scale projection installation.Artists from here in Cincinnati will be front and center, with BLINK exhibiting their work on a massive scale.Michael Coppage is extending his BLACK BOX project with a large-scale projection installation. Local artist Jason Snell is incorporating projection mapping onto the ArtWorks Mural, “Ezzard Charles: The Cincinnati Cobra,” that he also designed. Local production powerhouse Lightborne will take on the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) for the third year, in a projection display.Local favorites DogFish Crew, Jessica Wolf, and Mallory Feltz will also be bringing the Cincinnati vibe to the festival. Linz & Lamb, the art duo with one member hailing from Cincinnati will bring their incredible romantic connection to each piece they collaborate on, incorporating a love of the city as well.The festival will also include buildings like The American Building in OTR, Mother of God Church in Covington, Kentucky, and Memorial Hall. The American Building project will be the work of Sean Van Praag, a returning projection artist. The other two will be completed by Antaless Visual Designs, the Italian projection company led by CEO Alessio Cassaro.The festival will also integrate projection mapping onto an existing iconic mural, Cincinnati Toy Heritage, an ArtWorks Mural, designed by local artist Jonathan Queen, and projection-mapped by international video-mapping artist, Graffmapping.That’s not the only international contribution. This is Loop, a UK-based large-scale multidisciplinary creations team, will bring its PULSE installation to BLINK making this the first USA premiere of PULSE. OGE Design Group, the international art collective from Israel, is working with parade partners to bring their “Together” installation to the BLINK audience. Spanish team Pichiavo is bringing its widely recognized prowess in connecting paintings to sculpture in urban settings, further integrating the 2D and 3D aspects among the city.

BLINK organizers made the first reveal on what to expect for this year’s glowing lights adventure.

BLINK 2022 will take place Oct. 13 through 16. The four-day event will span 30 city blocks for an immersive light exhibit. The event will feature street art pieces, projection mapping and light-based installations.

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Organizers announced the first round of artists from all over the world who are participating in the event.

Artists coming include London-based visual artist Shantell Martin, who will bring her black-and-white style that comes from her background as an intuitive philosopher and cultural facilitator.

Muralist Case Maclaim will bring her work to the festival that uses overlays of hands in different positions, depicting not just physical movement but also political and societal action.

Artists will also be celebrating unique cultures from across the world.

Portuguese visual artist and illustrator AddFuel is incorporating elements influenced by 140-plus-year-old The Rookwood Pottery Company.

Artist Wendy Yo will bring a collaborative effort of projection and dance, thanks to a partnership with Cincy-based Hip Hop Cultural Arts Center Elementz.

Afro-surrealist visual artist Vince Fraser will also explore the collaborative possibilities, working with Underworld Black Arts Festival and Napoleon Maddox to tell the history of Little Africa with a large-scale projection installation.

Artists from here in Cincinnati will be front and center, with BLINK exhibiting their work on a massive scale.

Michael Coppage is extending his BLACK BOX project with a large-scale projection installation.

Local artist Jason Snell is incorporating projection mapping onto the ArtWorks Mural, “Ezzard Charles: The Cincinnati Cobra,” that he also designed.

Local production powerhouse Lightborne will take on the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) for the third year, in a projection display.

Local favorites DogFish Crew, Jessica Wolf, and Mallory Feltz will also be bringing the Cincinnati vibe to the festival.

Linz & Lamb, the art duo with one member hailing from Cincinnati will bring their incredible romantic connection to each piece they collaborate on, incorporating a love of the city as well.

The festival will also include buildings like The American Building in OTR, Mother of God Church in Covington, Kentucky, and Memorial Hall.

The American Building project will be the work of Sean Van Praag, a returning projection artist. The other two will be completed by Antaless Visual Designs, the Italian projection company led by CEO Alessio Cassaro.

The festival will also integrate projection mapping onto an existing iconic mural, Cincinnati Toy Heritage, an ArtWorks Mural, designed by local artist Jonathan Queen, and projection-mapped by international video-mapping artist, Graffmapping.

That’s not the only international contribution. This is Loop, a UK-based large-scale multidisciplinary creations team, will bring its PULSE installation to BLINK making this the first USA premiere of PULSE.

OGE Design Group, the international art collective from Israel, is working with parade partners to bring their “Together” installation to the BLINK audience.

Spanish team Pichiavo is bringing its widely recognized prowess in connecting paintings to sculpture in urban settings, further integrating the 2D and 3D aspects among the city.

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