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Artists' Reception: Thursday, January 23, 2014 |  6 to 8 pm

Georgie Friedman, “Contained Lightning,” Public Media Art Commission for Art on the Marquee, 2014

In this commissioned piece, lightning-like electrostatic discharges appear to be trapped within and generated from the marquee's borders. The electricity streams come from the top, bottom and edges of the marquee, sprouting branches and tracing along the sides of the marquee, as if trying to find a way out. 

Friedman filmed real electrical streams and sparks from a Van de Graaff generator and Tesla coils, digitally slowed them down and layered them to create a new digital environment with altered electrical interactions.

Installation Documentation

Screening details:

Art on the Marquee

Massachusetts Convention Center

415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210


Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority have teamed up to create “Art on the Marquee,” an ongoing project to commission Public Media Art for display on the new 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. The largest urban screen in New England, this unique digital canvas is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. to integrate art alongside commercial and informational content as part of the MCCA’s longstanding neighborhood art program. “Art on the Marquee” offers artists more than 3,000 square feet of digital display on seven screens, providing full-motion video and a viewership of more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists. The marquee is visible for a half a mile in many directions.