Follow the light to IGNITE, Broward’s new family-friendly immersive art experience featuring exciting interactive video and light installations created by leading contemporary artists and designers. Broward County Cultural Division presents the second annual art and light festival, beginning Wednesday January 26th and running daily until Sunday January 30th at various locations in and around Fort Lauderdale.
From 6 – 10 PM, downtown Fort Lauderdale will come alive with spectacular outdoor digital art, light and 3D projections at the Museum of Discovery & Science’s atrium (401 SW 2 St.) and across the road at Esplanade Park (400 SW 2 St.).
OUTDOOR ART HIGHLIGHTS
• Pupae Mesh, created by artist collective Glowing Bulbs, will feature a network of cooperating light
objects. Inspired by the complete metamorphosis of a caterpillar, the exhibit will showcase giant
animated cocoons that communicate with each other and viewers through sensors and
programming with integrated LEDs and speakers generating pulses, movement, and dynamism.
• Backscattering, by MAD Labs, is an exploration in 3D projection mapping, creating incredible
visual experiences for all to enjoy. Through projected animations, MAD labs will transform the
Museum of Discovery and Science’s Atrium interior into a digital world of creative and colorful
expression, bringing the structure to life.
INDOOR ART HIGHLIGHTS
From Wednesday through Sunday 10 am – 8 PM, visitors will encounter captivating indoor video, light and design exhibitions by artists and designers David Carson, Susan Narduli and Edison Penafiel on display at MAD Arts in Dania Beach (481 S. Federal Highway), with timed reservations available. Admission is FREE. CLICK HERE to schedule your visit.
IGNITE BROWARD KICKOFF EVENT
Everyone is invited to attend the Ignite Broward kickoff in Esplanade Park and the Museum of Discovery & Science’s atrium on Wednesday, January 26, at 5:30 PM. The event will feature a food truck, music and a presentation by Broward County Mayor Michael Udine who will activate the art at 6 PM.
MEET & GREET
A series of talks exploring the intersection of technology and art will also take place during the event’s five-day run, which coincides with Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week.
Art + Tech Talk at MetroLab at FAU, Fort Lauderdale (January 28, 4-5 pm) – Join award-winning Los Angeles-based artist and architect Susan Narduli for a talk in which she will discuss the evolution of her concept of public space, as well as new tools for placemaking and expression. RSVP via bit.ly/IgniteTechTalk
Artists Meet & Greet at MAD Arts in Dania Beach (January 28, 6-8 pm) – Attend a one-night-only meet and greet with the artists of the Ignite Broward immersive light and art experience including David Carson, Susan Narduli and Edison Penafiel . Wine, beer, and light bites will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP via bit.ly/IgniteMeetandGreet
Ignite Broward builds on the Cultural Division’s ‘Light the Night’ festival, which took place in March 2021. Now, with a new name, expanded roster of artists and mediums, and new locations, IGNITE Broward is sure to become a must-see annual event.
Ignite Broward is presented by Broward Cultural Division and is produced by the creative solutions firm, MAD. It incorporates innovative technology to create new site-specific artworks by international and local artists. Additional support comes from Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Visit Lauderdale, Museum of Discovery & Science and the City of Fort Lauderdale.
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MAD Arts is a new initiative within the MAD agency that was created to provide a playground for art and artmaking. MAD understands and acknowledges the importance of free studio space, equipment, and exhibition space for artists’ creative practices to be focused, experimental, and rigorous as well as to thrive in their community. MAD Arts is committed to facilitating the growth and cultivation of artists and creatives at different stages in their careers and to leverage the creative energy generated in the space to create exceptional arts programming. Founded in 2016 by Marc Aptakin, the MAD Arts studios and galleries are driven by the continuous desire to explore and strengthen the cultural and artistic significance of its creative community. The studio provides artists with a workshop in which to facilitate their initial ideas, offering its tools, education, and MAD’s agency expertise and resources to help aspiring and established creatives achieve their vision. For more information, visit www.yeswearemadarts.com.