Greylock Arts

Past Exhibit › Lumens

An interactive light installation (re)connecting personal artifacts, histories, & communities.

Archived on October 31 2008.

Greylock Arts, MCLA Gallery51, and Turbulence are pleased to announce Lumens, an interactive light installation by artists Ven Voisey, Sean Riley, and Matthew Belanger.

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A project of Networked Realities: (Re)Connecting the Adamses, Lumens is an installation of lamps networked across three spaces: Greylock Arts, MCLA Gallery 51, and Scores of personal lamps that usually inhabit and illuminate the interiors of homes and shops have been borrowed from the residents of Adams and North Adams, Massachusetts, filling two gallery spaces: Greylock Arts in Adams and MCLA Gallery 51 Annex in North Adams. In addition, their images and stories are represented on the Turbulence website, which also serves to connect the two locations telematically.

Clusters of lamps have been outfitted with proximity sensors and arduino microcontrollers. Lamps illuminate in response to a visitor’s presence and simultaneously illuminate lamps in the counterpart spaces. Thus, an individual in Adams can communicate his/her presence to an individual in North Adams, and vice versa. Additionally, as visitors investigate the history of a particular lamp online it will also illuminate in the physical gallery space.

Lumens (re)connects North Adams and Adams — originally a single community — through an exploration of location, influence, history, and the present.

Online at:

Networked Realities: (Re)Connecting the Adamses is a collaboration of Greylock Arts, MCLA Gallery51, and Turbulence. Lumens has been made possible through the generous support of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the LEF Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Lumens was also part of DownStreetArt, a public art project designed to revitalize downtown North Adams.


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Video documentation of Lumens.

Exhibit Dates & Times:

July 10th – October 31st 2008
MCLA Gallery 51 Annex: Wednesday – Sunday, 10-6.
Greylock Arts: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 5, and by appointment.
Appointments can be made by phone or email.
Admission is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception:

Thursday July 10th 2007, 6 – 9 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Hutton, The North Adams Transcript Photo Courtesy of Ryan Hutton, The North Adams Transcript
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Online at:
Greylock Arts at: 93 Summer Street, Adams, MA 01220
MCLA Gallery 51 Annex at: 65 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247


The North Adams Food Festival
Sunday June 22nd 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
At MCLA Gallery 51 Annex, 65 Main Street, North Adams

The Summer Street Fair
Sunday June 22nd 6:00 – 9:00 pm
At Greylock Arts, 93 Summer Street, Adams

DownStreet Art Opening Reception
Thursday June 26th 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
At MCLA Gallery 51 Annex, 65 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247

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Boing Boing 09/26/08: Lamps Everywhere
The Advocate Weekly 09/17/08: Lumens Exhibit Energizes Advocate Assistant Editor
The Boston Globe 08/20/08: Most Illuminating
The Berkshire Eagle 08/10/08: Let There Be Lumens
The North Adams Transcript 07/11/08: Festival of Lights: Lumens project connects North Adams, Adams
Berkshire Eagle 07/10/08: ilLUMENating installation
The North Adams Transcript 07/09/08: Light Show
The North Adams Transcript 07/07/08: Lumens Opens July 10th
The North Adams Transcript 06/27/08: City Streets Come Alive With Art
WAMC Northeast Public Radio 06/10/08: North Adams looks to art for foot traffic and cash
Berkshire Eagle 06/10/08: Using Art as a Lure
North Adams Transcript 06/10/08: City Art Party 06/10/08: Mapping the Artscape
Berkshire Eagle 05/08/08: Adamses Reunite
North Adams Transcript 05/06/08: Art Venture Connects North Adams, Adams
iBerkshires 05/05/08: Lights, Stories to Link City and Town


Physical interaction consultant: Tom Igoe.
Larry Alice, Michael Chapman, Jess Conzo, Jo Edmondson, Erin Dougherty, Jo-Anne Green, Abbi Hermosa, Marianne R. Petit, John Schimmel, Jonathan Secor, and Helen Thorington.


  MCLA Gallery 51

Supported By:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsThe LEF FoundationMassachusetts Cultural Council