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The Illuminator

The Illuminator is an art-activist collective composed of visual artists, educators, filmmakers, and technologists living and working in New York City.

The collective has staged hundreds of projection-interventions in public spaces, transforming the street from a space of passive consumption and transit into a site of engagement, conflict, and dialogue. Our work calls attention to the many urgent crises that confront us, in support of the ongoing struggle for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
The Illuminator emerged out of the context of the Occupy Wall Street movement, officially launching on March 3rd, 2012, after spending several months designing and building our customized cargo van.

Podcast Interview

Dive into the logics and experiences of guerrilla projections

In this podcast we talk to Emily Andersen and Grayson Earle from The Illuminator, one of the most prominent guerrilla-projection activism collectives from the U.S.A.,  based in New York.

In this episode we talk about creative strategies to protest using projectors, encounters with the police, creating content that engages, gaining community trust and empowering participation.

Listen in, learn, question, create. Repeat.


*Recorded: 01/05/2021            *Language: English.

Interviews & ARTICLES

“All of our grievances are connected”:

 An Interview with The Illuminator Collective


Eli Horwatt & The Illuminator Collective

A Guerrilla Projection Urges NYC

to “Cancel the Rent” and “End Bail”

The activist collective the Illuminator projected its demands for COVID-19 relief on a Manhattan skyscraper.

Different Games



Experimenting with video games as a radical art practice



Area of influence

Main area of influence New York, USA.

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