The Illuminator describes itself as “a cargo van equipped with video and audio projection, as well as a fully stocked infoshop and mini-library. It is designed to bring the spirit of Occupy Wall Street to streets and neighborhoods throughout the boroughs of New York City and beyond. Just as the occupation of Zucotti Park allowed for a new kind of conversation to take place in NYC and the entire nation, The Illuminator is a ‘spectacularization machine’ that stops people in their tracks and draws them into a space where similar kinds of conversations may take place”.
It was initiated by artists & cultural organisations and social movement activists and encourages people to participate through special event. The Illuminator is local in orientation and concerned with anti-discrimination, equality & social justice; democracy, politics & representation; economy; education; and research, knowledge production & information access.
It was launched in March 2012 and is ongoing.