Fly Like a Superhero at Dumbo Arts Festival

By Janet Upadhye on August 29, 2012 12:47pm | Updated on August 29, 2012 12:48pm

Immersive Surfaces by The Leo Kuelbs Collection at the 2011 Dumbo Arts Festival.
Immersive Surfaces by The Leo Kuelbs Collection at the 2011 Dumbo Arts Festival.
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DUMBO Arts Festival

DUMBO — Attendees at this year's DUMBO Arts Festival will have the chance to fly across the sky like a superhero. Or at least their image can, enlarged and projected on the side of a DUMBO historic building.

The giant interactive art show, created by Spainsh arts collective Wildbytes, allows users to stand on a platform and control a projection of themselves wearing a superhero costume.

Their carbon image will appear to fly across the façade of the landmark Empire Stores, the massive former coffee house on DUMBO’s Water Street. Users will also be able to exercise super powers, like morphing their image from tiny to gigantic — or throwing fireballs. Each movement the user makes will be emulated in real time.

“Superhero promises to be an extraordinary experience that will thrill audiences of all ages,” said Lisa Kim, Festival Director.

The art installation is also a nod to the growing tech community in DUMBO who are also creating other digital-age projects.

Dumbo Arts Festival will take place Sept. 28-30.

The free community event is a “sprawling feast for the senses that takes over the entire neighborhood, transforming its streets, parks, bridges, buildings, galleries, and studios into canvasses, stages, and exhibition space,” according the event page.

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