BLINK, the nation’s largest immersive art event happening in Cincinnati, October 14-16, 2022.
After a hard few years, the world is returning to in-person experiences full force, searching for the most fulfilling ways to interact with traditional art forms and new technology. Enter BLINK™, the nation’s largest light, art, and projection mapping experience, returning in Cincinnati and the over the bridge into Northern KY for the first time since 2019. Cincinnati is a force in their commitment to highlighting arts and culture not only for the city but beyond. In 2019, the city saw 1.4 million people attend the free event. By teaming notable international artists and local artists and organizations, they have created a completely unique vibe for all visitors near and far.
With immersion at the heart of their mission, this is event takes over the cities connected by a bridge and is completely outdoors. From an artist driven light parade through the city that opens the weekend to jaw dropping art installations and murals throughout the city, carrying with it the interactive spirit we have become so fond of, BLINK is the new normal in arts and culture happenings.
This destination event offers escape within escape, digital and virtual layers to add to the experience of monster murals, beautifully executed by artists. The entire experience is free, urging people to take the opportunity to engage with the art and the city itself.
The first wave of artists has just been announced and with talent like Shantell Martin, AddFuel, and Vince Fraser leading the pack and not just exhibiting, but working with local institutions to create site-specific and culturally relevant work, the possibilities are endless. More artists will be announced in August and September.
BLINK, Illuminated By Artswave,
Announces First Wave of Artists
Transforming Cincinnati into the Nation’s Largest Immersive Event This Fall
Artwork by PichiAvo
Bringing 14 international artists from 4 continents and 18 local artists/institutions for large-scale projection mapping, murals, and interactive light sculptures
Artwork by Mzicar
Iconic visual artist Shantell Martin brings her signature black and white style enriched by her background as an intuitive philosopher and cultural facilitator, perfectly aligning her with the event’s mission.
Star muralist Case Maclaim transports a strong visual message of movement and unity through overlays of hands in different positions, depicting not just physical movement but also political and societal action.
Artwork by Shantell Martin (left) and Case Maclaim (right)
This is Loop, the incredible UK-based large-scale multidisciplinary creations team, brings their PULSE installation to BLINK making this the first USA premiere of PULSE.
Artwork by This is Loop
Artist Wendy Yo brings 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 also explores 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.
Artwork by Wendy Yo (left) and Vince Fraser (right)
In addition to incorporating historical Cincinnati architecture, BLINK 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.
Artwork by Artworks
Local favorites DogFish Crew, Jessica Wolf, and Mallory Feltz will also be bringing the Cincy vibe. Linz & Lamb, the art duo with one member hailing from Cincy bring their incredible romantic connection to each piece they collaborate on, incorporating a love of the city as well.
Artwork by Mallory Feltz (left) and Jessica Wolf (right)
With Executive Director Justin Brookhart at the helm, BLINK is an exciting community-building experience. Brookhart’s organizational leadership skills and collaborative mindset lead the team towards a wider audience, celebrating all that Cincinnati/NKY and the art world at large have to offer.
“Curatorially, this year is going to feel different than years past. Development of BLINK means creating a lasting impact beyond the 4-day biennial experience that the event is known for, creating a spectacle unlike any previous year’s event, and engaging with our community to make sure we’re honoring it and enriching it.”
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