LUMEN & The Lighthouse Site is "Love at First Light"

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LUMEN,an international video and performance art festival, is taking place at the old US Coast Guard Lighthouse Depot, now called the National Lighthouse Museum site. The site houses 2 old administrative buildings, some newly built buildings, buoys, and a renovated pier that leads out to the harbor. Visitors will see views of NYC and the Statue of Liberty for free, accessible by taking the Staten Island Ferry from downtown Manhattan.

The Lighthouse Museum Site, home of LUMEN 2011

“What’s behind those faded white-painted brick walls?”

Staten Island is much more than the ferry boat, and stereotypical-reality TV shows. Staten Island is the main stage for LUMEN, an international video and projection art festival taking place on Saturday, June 25, 6 p.m. -12 midnight. Last year’s LUMEN drew in over 800 people from NYC, New Jersey, and even California. Be one of the hundreds of people to make the trek to Staten Island this Summer.

LUMEN is taking place so close to the ferry that one could wander out of the terminal and be at the festival before the fear of the unknown isle takes over. Just a few steps away from the ferry terminal lies the National Lighthouse Museum site, formerly known as the US Coast Guard Lighthouse Depot. The site was started in the 1800s for the maintenance, supply, and storage of Lighthouse material. With the modernization of lighthouses in the 1920’s and 30’s, the facility had to re-structure its mission. Its primary function became the maintenance of buoys along the East Coast of the United States, as well as the chains, anchors and channel markers. The site closed in 1965 and was abandoned.

The site is now a mash-up of old French-inspired architecture (the main administration building was designed by Architect Alfred B. Mullett, who also designed the State, War, and Navy Building in Washington D.C.), modern facades, crumbling buildings and a newly built fishing pier. Giant red buoys dot the plaza, and giant black wrought iron fences encircle the preserved buildings, forcing passers-by to wonder “what’s behind those faded white-painted brick walls?”

LUMEN will showcase video art and projections by international artists and emerging local artists, on the interior and exterior of buildings – on walls, façades, and trees. Just look up, and around, and experience it all. Need a break? Walk a few feet down to the pier and enjoy some breathtaking views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty.

The festival will include performances and video throughout the day, as well as a gallery of artists work for sale. Take the SI Ferry to the festival, and back home again. The ferry runs all night and is only a 5-minute walk from the festival! Take the time to experience work from participating artists: Alex Villar, Kathryne Hall, Grady Gerbracht, Janaina Tschäpe, Matthew Sleeth, Jason Peters, Dena Al-Adeeb, Joro De Boro, Mark Clare, Sander Houtkruijer, Lisa Dahl, Tattfoo Tan, Mandy Morrison, Brendan Coyle, Don Porcella, Paul Moakley, Steven Lapcevic, and many, many, more.

Please visit the official LUMEN website at to learn more about LUMEN and the artists involved. To contribute to the event, please see LUMEN’s IndieGoGo page: at LUMEN will be free of charge and open to the public.

The mission of COAHSI is to cultivate a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island by: 1) making the arts accessible to every member of the community; 2) supporting and building recognition for artistic achievement; 3) providing artists and organizations technical, financial, and social resources to encourage the creation of new work. COAHSI does extensive outreach to communities that are underserved geographically, ethnically, and economically. The organization works hard to impact the arts across all borders.


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