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Microcinema: A Guide to Radical Screening: Light Industry

About Light Industry

Light Industry is a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York.

Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project centers upon a series of weekly events, which are frequently organized in collaboration with an invited artist, critic, or curator.

Conceptually, Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative art spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and other intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings, performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the presentation of cinema. Bringing together the worlds of contemporary art, experimental film, and documentary (to name only a few), Light Industry looks to foster an ongoing dialogue among a wide range of artists and audiences within the city.

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(text taken fom the Light Industry's website)

Ed Halter, Light Industry

"Well, cinema is an incredibly powerful medium. For example, a sculpture can be a powerful thing. You go into a museum, or a gallery, you encounter it. You can walk past it, if you wish, or just linger. But if you make the commitment to sitting in a room and watching something, the experience is automatically much more intense, just by the structure of engagement. I think that’s something some people are not ready for." 

("Rocks and Gravel: Light Industry by Alex Zafiris - BOMB Magazine", 2012)

Thomas Beard, Light Industry

"Light Industry’s design as an exhibition space is very much about reducing the cinema to its most essential variables: white surface, a grid of chairs, a projector, a dark room. What’s offered is a very different kind of experience than you would have at Lincoln Center. I am so thankful that New York City provides an opportunity to see Playtime on 70mm, but that’s not the experience we offer."

("Rocks and Gravel: Light Industry by Alex Zafiris - BOMB Magazine", 2012)

Halter & Beard discuss programming the 2012 Whitney Biennial

Funding & Support

Light Industry is a W.A.G.E. Certified organization, supported, in part, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Artsas well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  --


Zafiris, A. (2012, April 30). Rocks and Gravel: Light Industry by Alex Zafiris - BOMB Magazine. Retrieved April 15, 2019, from