Annual LUMEN Festival Evoked Through Public Programming
June 15 – September 10

Staten Island Arts is excited to announce LUMEN8, a multimedia exhibit celebrating the past seven years of Staten Island Arts’s LUMEN Festival, an annual contemporary art experience that brings original visual, performance and installation art to new audiences, under the artistic vision of various curators from across NYC. An opening reception will take place at ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts, 23 Navy Pier Court in Stapleton on Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm and will include live entertainment and light refreshments. RSVP: LINK

Co-curated by Staten Island Arts Deputy Director Monica Valenzuela and Gallery Manager Raul Barquet, LUMEN8 honors the artistic genres of video, sound art, and photography, that the festival specifically highlights costumes and ephemera from past festival participants and honoring the artistic genres that the festival specifically highlights. LUMEN8 pays homage to this annual festival by pulling select works as well as costumes and ephemera from the past seven years that we’ve loved. New works to be featured include single-channel video works submitted to Staten Island Arts through an open call.


Sean Capone’s Floralwall (Two Motifs) at LUMEN 2010, will be featured on a loop of past work in the LUMEN8 exhibit.

Mike Shane is a photographer and video artist living in Staten Island. Goldbug is a stop-motion video comprised of frames of Shane’s photographic work. It was featured in LUMEN 2011 and will be screened alongside Mikhael Antone, Paul Moakley, amongst others in LUMEN8. ( Still from Goldbug courtesy of Mike Shane.

Scott Van Campen and Staten Island Makerspace’s Giant Pendulum reemerges reimagined as part of the LUMEN8exhibit. Video documentation of the original installation will accompany the installation.

LUMEN8 features work, performances and archival documentation by:

Mikhael Antone, Matthew Bergman, Thomas Bones, Vanane Borian, Sean Capone, Jo Cavallo, Eric Corriel, Brendan Coyle, Lisa Dahl, Day de Dada, Dave Derwin, Mike DiBenedetto, Melisande Echinique, Corneilia Eichorn, Shaun El. C. Leonardo, Laura Feathers, Divya Gadangi, Volker Goetze, Rae Goodwin, Michael Greathouse, John Hastings, Denise Iris, Kristopher Johnson, Sinead Keogh, DB Lampman, Steven Lapcevic, Ryan Lavis, Katie Levine, Amanda Long, Rachel Lyngholm, Bill Lyons, Michael McWeeney, Paul Moakley, Chee Wang Ng, AJ Pantaleo, Dominique Paul, Cristina Pavesi, Arya Sukapura Putra, Izzi Ramkissoon, Lance Reha, Phil Sanders, Emilija Skarnulyte, Terrance A. Solomone, Mike Shane, Lauren Steussy, Sean Sweeney, Tattfoo Tan, Udachi, Scott Van Campen, Vincent Verdi, Jeanne Verdoux, Alex Villar, Jay Weichun, Melissa West, Ezra Wube, Xfinity Theater, amongst others.

During the course of the exhibit, three public programs will build community and our capacity to work collaboratively. Make sure to join us for these upcoming events:

All are FREE; please RSVP at

Thursday June 15, 2017 | 7:00-9:00pm
ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts – 23 Navy Pier Court, 10304
Join us for the opening reception of LUMEN8. You’ll meet and network with community members, colleagues, LUMEN participants and LUMEN lovers alike! Light refreshments will be available.
Please RSVP at

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | SI Arts Folklife Working Waterfront Tour: 11:00am; Festival: 3:00-8:00pm

Il-LUMEN8-ing the Working Waterfront @ ISLA BONITA FESTIVAL
Faber Park – 2175 Richmond Terrace, 10302
Visit Staten Island Arts at the Isla Bonita Festival, featuring a pop-up LUMEN8 exhibit in collaboration with the ongoing Folklife Working Waterfront project, who is leading a tour in the morning. For more information on on Isla Bonita Festival, please visit their Facebook Event and for more information on SI Arts’s Working Waterfront, please visit

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 11:00am-4:00pm
Atlantic Salt Tour, John Hastings & Terrance A. Solomone Performance
Atlantic Salt Company – 561 Richmond Terrace, 10301

Once the home of J.B. King’s Windsor Plaster Mills, aUnited States Gypsum Corp. plant, Atlantic Salt, Inc. made Staten Island its home in 1976 and opened their Richmond Terrace facility. The family-owned Eastern Salt Co., headquartered in Lowell, MA, has its Atlantic Salt branch on 10 acres, which have some of the most unique waterfront views on the North Shore. Atlantic Salt has been the venue and lead collaborator for the LUMEN festivals in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Attendees for this event will gain access to this working waterfront site to learn more about the operations and process of producing the LUMEN festival. The day-long program will also feature a performance of LUMEN Resonant Sound Space by John Hastings and Terrance A. Solomone. The Atlantic Salt tour is being produced in collaboration with the ongoing Folklife Working Waterfront project.
Please RSVP at

Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 7:30-9:30pm
LUMEN8: Night Photography Workshop & Tour
ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts – 23 Navy Pier Court, 10304

Every year, Staten Island Arts’ LUMEN Festival challenges dozensof photographers with unique low-light situations as they try to document the varied presentations, projections, venues, and people. Take this workshop to gain a better understanding of how to think about and modify both your camera settings and understanding of light to control your photography in night or low-light environments. Instructor: Sean Sweeney is a Staten Island-based photographer working in the medium for over 30 years, starting with film and eventually moving on to digital format. Sweeney spends many late nights and early mornings walking through city parks, streets, and unusual spaces. Space is limited. Please RSVP at

Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 7:00pm
LUMEN8 Film Screening
ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts – 23 Navy Pier Court, 10304
An evening of short films and video art, curated by Jay Weichun a Staten Island-based artist focusing on issues surrounding ecology, social justice and spatial relationships. Primarily using the mediums of video documentary, his work attempts to highlight individual narratives of community building and resistance. His video work was featured in the LUMEN Festival in 2010, 2012, and 2016. Please RSVP at

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | 7PM
A Night of Soundscapes: RTFM & AJ Pantaleo
ArtSpace @ Staten Island Arts – 23 Navy Pier Court, 10304

The Moon’s shadow will have just crossed the continental United States on August 21, 2017, creating a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse visible to millions. As eclipse totality nears one may experience strange things – a resemblance to the onset of night, though not exactly; shadows look different; breezes dissipate and birds stop chirping; unusual quiet abounds. Celebrate this historic scientific event by breaking silence with us and immersing yourself in a high-tech experimental dance party and soundscape with accompanying drums. This evening event features two performances by award-winning Staten Island based electronic multimedia composers, performers, and sound artists: Izzi Ramkissoon (featuring Eric Cooper (cello), Patrice Ramkissoon (vocals), and Udachi (electronics)) and AJ Pantaleo (featuring Mike DiBenedetto). Space is limited, reserve your spot ASAP at

About Staten Island Arts: The mission of Staten Island Arts is to cultivate a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island by: 1) making the arts accessible to every member of the community; 2) supporting and building recognition for artistic achievement; 3) providing artists and organizations technical, financial, and social resources to encourage the creation of new work. Staten Island Arts does extensive outreach to communities that are underserved geographically, ethnically, and economically. The organization works hard to impact the arts across all borders. More information

About LUMEN: LUMEN is an authentic contemporary art experience in New York City featuring emerging and established artists. LUMEN’s goal is connecting artists with the community all while exposed in a nomadic alternative space. The annual event brings original visual, performance and installation art to new audiences, under the artistic vision of various curators from across NYC.

Please visit the official LUMEN website at to learn more about the festival, and to see documentation from previous years.

LUMEN8 is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assemblyman Matthew Titone; New York City Councilwoman Debi Rose; Stop & Stor; and our artist, individual, family, and business members.