LEAVING THE LIGHTS ON IN BOSTON: The lights have gone dark on Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox’s 2015 season, but Saturday night a bevy of artists will illuminate the historic venue like never before with “Illuminus.”
The event will feature installations and performances by artists who manipulate light, sound and projection for a multisensory spectacle. This will be Boston’s contribution to the global “nuit blanche” movement, which was first established in Paris before taking hold in cities around the world. More than 10,000 turned out at last year’s edition in Boston’s SoWa outpost. “Illuminus” will cap off the inaugural HUBweek, a citywide series of experiences laced with art, science and technology pulled together with the support of The Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Artists and musicians Maria Finkelmeier and Ryan Edwards will literally turn Fenway Park’s famed “Green Monster” — the 37-foot, 2-inch left field wall for non-Red Sox fans — into a giant percussion instrument. Other installations and projections will be beamed on nearby Lansdowne Street. And Boston Properties will light up the Prudential Tower with the words “Art Hub” Saturday night at dusk, lest any Newbury Street or Pru shoppers need a reminder.
Harvard’s metaLAB has created “A Bit in the Abyss,” a multisensory experience staged in a shipping container with mirrors reflecting the blinking indicator lights of a “Petabox,” the digital storage server designed by the Internet Archive for the networked curation of digital data. Brian Knep’s “Healing Pool” uses customized algorithms to create a glowing pool of organic patterns on the floor. When visitors step across, lay on or simply touch the pool, the patterns are rearranged but never exactly as before.
Creative technologist and roboticist David Nunez has created “Requiem for Rhinoceros: Nabire’s Dream,” an installation and performance calling attention to the nearly extinct Northern white rhino. Having designed interactive software for such clients as J.K. Rowling’s Lumos organizations among others, Nunez is a research specialist in the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab, where he is finessing computational choreography of machines and robots on stage and in street performance.