New York, NY
Synopsis: The Mission is to smash the myths of the information industry and shine a light on the urgent issues of our time.
Bio: The Illuminator is a political art collective based in New York City that utilizes guerrilla projections in the urban landscape as their primary strategy for intervention. Initiated in March of 2012, the project emerged out of the Occupy Wall Street movement in the wake of the original “OWS Bat Signal” projection-action of 17 November 2011. Since then the collective has staged hundreds of projection-interventions in public spaces, both geographical and virtual, as acts of invitation and incitement. They transform the street from a space of passive consumption and transit into a site of engagement, conflict, and dialogue.
Their interventions circulate across the internet as vivid talismans of trespass within the suffocating visual culture of commodity capitalism. In adopting a superhero persona they strive to communicate in a pop-culture vernacular so that all may understand their mission: to smash the myths of the information industry and shine a light on the urgent issues of our time. The Illuminator calls for heroism: for a broad-based popular movement to challenge entrenched power and initiate the radical social, political, and economic transformations that this critical moment demands.
Location: Taos Plaza