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Houston’s Day for Night Festival day 1 pics: New Order, Janelle Monae, Battles, Shamir, Psychic TV, CocoRosie & more

photos by Tim Griffin

New Order / Janelle Monae / Psychic TV / Shamir / Prince Rama
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“What we’re trying to do is create an immersive experience where moving throughout the festival grounds is as engaging as standing and staring at the stage,” said Omar Afra, the Day for Night festival producer.

Reas, whose software, prints and installations have been featured in galleries globally, will showcase a television signal collage that highlights the most watched shows on a local Los Angeles station projected onto a 20-by-25-foot (6.1-by-7.6-metre) canvas.

“The idea is to create something which is already a visual assault and make it more of a literal visual assault,” Reas said…

…Vincent Houze created a structure of gauzy black screens that act as a container of fog and serve as canvases for lava-lamp-like animations of water meant to mimic brain activity after going under general anesthesia. The exhibit will be controlled from his smartphone.

“Millennials are engaged every moment with the screen on the phone, the screen on the computer, video games and we feel like this is a long time coming for the world of music production to catch up with the way young people engage art and music,” Afra said. – [Reuters]

Houston’s inaugural Day for Night Festival happened over the weekend, which billed itself as an “evolution of light and sound,” and featured an eclectic lineup that on day 1 (12/19) including New Order (who hadn’t played the city since 1989), Janelle Monae, Philp Glass, Psychic TV, Battles, CocoRosie, Prince Rama and more. Acts played against digital art installations (there were more on the festival grounds, too) making for a rather unique experience.

We’ll have pictures from the second day of Day for Night (with Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Death Grips, U.S. Girls and more) soon but you can check out lots more from day 1, below…

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