Kazue Taguchi optical sculpture

Space:Light installations

Eric Corriel
lightbox, 2014
Matt Brand – New Branches on the Tree of Life, 2015 HoloCenter Summer Museum, Governors Island 2015, #HoloCenterNYC
Matt Brand – New Branches on the Tree of Life, 2015
SAMJNA
Julia Sinelnikova
SAMJNA 2016
Kacie Lees Hyper Diffraction Works II and The Coronas
Kacie Lees
The Coronas 2017

SPACE:LIGHT is an experimental visual media program for artists to explore and create optical environments, light sculptures and visual structures. The program supports the development and presentation of projects that investigate broad notions of holographic imaging, including multiple dimensions and immersive media and/or employ light or optical media as an artistic medium. The 2020 SPACE:LIGHT program includes a collaborative exhibition with Long Island City Artists ‘LiC-A’ at The Plaxall Gallery in Fall.

Artists can apply through two open calls
Project Development – applications by April 8, 2020

Artists receive mentorship, materials support and a $600 stipend. Artists are supported to experiment with emergent technologies and are connected to industry professionals to help further their projects. In the past we have support analog and digital holography, experimental stereo-3D, volumetric video and augmented reality.

Open to New York State artists with preference to emerging, early career and under represented artists. Enrolled students are not eligible for this program. Please consider current COVID limitations.


Exhibition, Screening and Performance – application closing date TBC ~ August 2020

Artists receive curatorial and installation support and a $100 – $150 stipend. Works can be installed in the gallery and/or performed or screened in the theater space (TBC).  Please contact us early if you are looking for technology to realize your project. While we provide assistance and have tools onsite artists usually to install their own work.  We recommended visiting the gallery, there is also 3D walk through here (this was before the theater space was annexed). Yes it will be dark, the only lights in the gallery are the artworks.

Open to all artists with preference to artists in Queens and New York State.

To apply for Project Development please send your project idea (under 2 pages) as a PDF

To apply for Exhibition, Screening and Performance please send your artwork description (under 2 pages) as a PDF

All submissions should include an artist statement and short biography.

Label all PDFs with your name.

Send to info (at) holocenter.org with ‘SPACE:LIGHT Project Development’ or ‘SPACE:LIGHT Exhibition’ in the subject line.

SPACE:LIGHT at The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City,
October 17 – November 17, 2019

SPACE:LIGHT at The Plaxall Gallery

2019 Space Light – residencies and exhibition

2017 Space:Light – residencies and installation

2016 Space:Light – residencies and installation

2015 Space:Light – exhibitions and installations

2014 Parallax – projects and installations

This program is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.