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See 3D projections take over an entire downtown area in upstate New York next month

Jennifer P

There are many ways art can live and dominate in the digital age. And we do mean dominate, as LUMA Projection Arts Festival is taking over the entire downtown are of Binghamton, New York.

Now celebrating four years, LUMA is a tech-savvy art show that uses historic city buildings as its canvas. Massive 3D projections are displayed on the city’s landmarks, and different spots around town host a range of experiences including an Orchestral Light Show and other affiliated exhibitions. Think of it as a giant, virtual outdoor art gallery!

FYI: LUMA is the only visual art festival in the country with a focus on projection mapping, which is just a fancy term for technology that is used to turn random objects into a display for video projection. Sounds pretty trippy, right? Oh, it is. And speaking of trips, the event is totally worth making one. Why? For starters, most of the event is free.

Just a three-hour car ride or four-hour train ride away from Manhattan, this year’s three-day fête promises 3D computer animation, live music, moving lights and guest speakers in addition to events like Afterglow—a late-night party for the LGBT community.

Other activations include Opera and Beer, a place where you can drink brews and enjoy live performances by the Tri-Cities Opera crew. And then there’s the ticketed portion of the event called "Transfiguració de la nau," an immersive experience that occupies a historic church in Binghampton. The hypnotic light show and orchestra is set to music stylings by the Binghampton Phillharmonic.  

Start planning your getaway now and get ready to immerse yourself in all the tech-powered beauty. The festival kicks off on September 7. For more information, visit

Photograph: Courtesy Van Zandbergen Photography

Photograph: Courtesy Van Zandbergen Photography

Photograph: Courtesy Van Zandbergen Photography


LUMA Projection Arts Festival: What is it? from Joshua B Ludzki on Vimeo.


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