All photos included in this article are courtesy of Day for Night.
Named by online music publication Consequence of Sound as one of the top three festivals in the world, Day for Night returns to Houston this weekend for its third installation and promises to top years prior. Staying true to its roots, the festival will again take place in the heart of downtown Houston at Post HTX, a 1.5 million square foot, cold-war era building perfect for cultivating a collision of sight and sound. The festival itself is comprised of a Friday Summit Dec. 15, and two full days of music and art installations on Saturday, Dec. and Sunday, Dec. 17.
On Friday, Day for Night will start the weekend with provocative conversations among four prominent activists about the relation between art, technology and activism in today’s world. The speakers include Chelsea Manning, Laurie Anderson, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Lauen McCarthy. Following the discussions will be a special musical performance presented by Saint Heron called “Soul Cleansing” with Solange and additional performances by Earl Sweatshirt and Kaytranada. Tickets for this event are sold separately from the “festival” portion of the weekend and provide attendees with an opportunity to view the art installations before the crowd builds on Saturday and Sunday.
The following two days of music and art on Saturday and Sunday will provide an immersive, multi-stage sound experience interwoven with a multitude of installations by this year’s visual artists. This year’s musical lineup includes notable innovators such as Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yorke, Justice, St Vincent, Tyler, The Creator and Jamie xx, among numerous other artists.
“We couldn’t be more excited to host this lineup of who we think are leaders in their disciplines of arts, music and ideas,” said Omar Afra, Executive Producer and co-founder of Day for Night. “This dynamic lineup represents just the beginning of an aggressive three to five year plan to grow Day for Night into a multi venue five-day citywide event. Houston has a long standing legacy of technology, art and culture, and we see Day for Night as part of that story in the future.”
Complementing the powerful musical lineup is the list of visual artists curating the sights of the weekend: Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, Conditional Studio + Processing Foundation, James Clar, and many more.
“With the 2017 edition of Day for Night, we continue combining well-established and internationally acclaimed artists with emerging talent from around the world,” said Day for Night Curator Alex Czetwertynski. “We are also pushing forward with our mission to bring a better understanding of new media practices by introducing more educational components. Finally, this year’s edition will continue to showcase collaborations between artists and musicians, with performances within installations, thus sharpening our focus on the merging waters of light, sound and space.”
Click here to see the full lineup of music and visual artists, read more about the festival’s collision of sight and sound to and purchase tickets.