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Street Artists to Compete in NoLIta 'Digital Art Battle'

A piece by artist CERN.
A piece by artist CERN.
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NOLITA — A group of street artists will compete in a "digital art battle" Wednesday night, using handheld computer tablets to create real-time works in front of a live audience.

The event, held at the Openhouse Gallery on Mulberry Street, features eight artists working in pairs as their designs are projected live in the rotating exhibition space.

The artists, who will be given a half-hour each to work, will use special digital-illustration devices by technology company Wacom to fashion their pieces.

"I think you can just work a lot more quickly," said Openhouse’s Greg Spielberg, speaking of the fast-paced format. "You don’t have to wash your brush off or mix paints."

The event, sponsored by Heineken, also features a DJ set by Questlove to accompany the live art show.

Participating artists include AEON, Rimx, Frederico Frum, Buttsup, CERN, Marthalicia, Miopuma and Rage Johnson.

The competition is part of a running series at Openhouse called The Spot, a partnership between Heineken and the website Remezcla, which promotes Latin music and culture.

Attendees can RSVP for the free event, which starts at 7 p.m. at 201 Mulberry St.