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The art at Day for Night festival may have been even cooler than the music

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People came to the third annual Day for Night festival in Houston, Texas, for the big names in music.

Artists like Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Cardi B, Thom Yorke and Justice all performed across three days and four stages.

Justice Performing Live @ Day For Night Festival - Houston 12/17/2017 Part 5

But the art component of the festival was just as stunning as the music, as 15 artists and art collectives came from around the world came to install immersive, breathtaking displays. It was easy to get lost in the installations, which sprawled throughout the second floor and in nooks and crannies of the massive 150,000-square-foot warehouse that houses the festival. The building is a former U.S. Post Office facility, built in 1962 and sold in 2015 to a Houston-based developer to be used for entertainment events.

"The art is not an added layer, a little bonus. We consider the art to be as important as the music," said Alex Czetwertynski, a co-founder of Day for Night and the festival's visual art curator.

The Light at Day for Night

One of those artists is Matthew Schreiber. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Schreiber traveled to Texas to install his unique brand of laser installation, which he considers to be a sculpture.

"It's a gigantic space so that's really great, because it lets you do things that you normally wouldn't get to do in a gallery or a museum," said Schreiber. "This is much more fast-paced. I mean, we were only here less than a week ago and the planning is very quick with this. In a museum, it could take a year or years that you're in planning, which is kind of good and bad. So this was great, fast and it works."

Not only was it Schreiber's first time installing his art in a festival setting, it was his first time even attending one. And while you can feel how excited Schreiber is when speaking about his experience at Day for Night, you can also sense that this is new, uncharted territory.

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"[The piece is] called 'Ricochet,' it's named after a roller coaster," Schreiber said. "It's a little comment on the art world and kind of the festival too is these sort of rides that art's becoming. Spectacles."

Matthew Schreiber's "Gatekeeper" Installation at Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, 2014

And the way that festival-goers experienced his piece was entirely up to them, as they were supposed to circle around the outside of the installation to see it change.

"You're basically revealing different shapes by moving your body rather than a computer changing it for you, it's your body changing the piece," Schreiber said.

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