Grimanesa Amoros: The Mirror Connection

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Peruvian-born, NYC-based artist Grimanesa Amoros uses sculpture, video, and light to create works that “illuminate our notions of personal identity and community.” Light is one of her primary materials because it creates “presence without physicality.” Earlier this month Amoros unveiled her latest site-specific commission at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing. The work, titled The Mirror Connection, consists of a huge waterfall-like scribble of LEDs that pulsate in their white and yellow colors giving a sense of liquid flowing through tubes. The lights bounce off the walls and reflect off the metal domes they emanate from as well as intermittently casting shadows around the space. The sheer scale of the piece at a height of 33 feet—evident by the minute size of the people wandering the museum gallery in the photos—must be breathtaking. You can see the piece in action on the top left corner on this page.

Photos courtesy of the artist and news.cn

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Sonos Playground Deconstructed

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Sonos Playground Deconstructed, an immersive and interactive installation by Red Paper Heart (previously here) — currently at the Museum of Moving Image here in NYC in conjunction with Spectacle: The Music Video exhibition — brings minimalist art to life using five detached walls suspended above a reflective floor. Each of the walls has been painted with 27 1-inch wide white lines and 26 2-inch wide black lines. By mapping the white lines set between black lines the studio was able to create a more immersive and surreal environment. Visitors are able to select any song from an iPad and watch a visualization of the music projected onto the surrounding walls. Through motion-capture technology, they can interact with and manipulate the animation through movement.

Take a look at it in motion in the video below:

Sonos Playground Deconstructed (deconstructed because it was originally installed in a 250 sq. ft shed at the Sonos Studio at the 2013 SXSW festival) is on view at the Museum of Moving Image until June 16, 2013.

Photos courtesy of Red Paper Heart and MoMI

Jayson Haebich: Vector Space

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Melbourne-based media artist Jayson Haebich incorporates the latest innovations in technology in an artistic context. His series of light sculptures titled Vector Space use laser light, smoke, shadows, physical shapes and custom built software to create complex compositions of shadow and light. These static installation-like pieces play with the viewers sense of perception, filling a room with light and making it hard to distinguish between actual objects and the solid looking planes of illumination.

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Rain Room at MoMA: Random International

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It’s been a weekend of wall-to-wall art and design here in NYC with art fairs small and large, from Pulse, to Nada, to Collective, to Frieze and, of course, the opening of Rain Room at MoMA, the interactive and immersive installation by rAndom International that first debuted at the Barbican Centre in London last October. I will be featuring some of the highlights, for me, from these events in the next few days but here, for starters, is the amazing Rain Room.

Rain Room is a large-scale environment (in the case of MoMA, it’s a separate entity outside the museum on 54th Street) with a field of pouring rain whose flow is suspended detecting the presence of bodies, allowing visitors to wander around the room amidst the beautifully highlighted drops, without getting wet. Injection moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, 3D tracking cameras, custom software and steel beams are involved in the production of the installation. Definitely fun and cool, making for some stunning photographs (better ones if you opt for camera over phone) and lots of kids running fast trying (and mostly succeeding) to get wet.

But, as with all fun and cool NYC activities, there are long lines. If you’re a museum member the wait is slightly shorter, but even early on the first day, while there were probably many still unaware of the exhibit, the wait was about an hour and a half. So, go prepared and avoid peak hours. There are early morning members-only hours from 9:30 to 10:30am but getting there by 9am is likely to be a good idea.

Rain Room is part of EXPO 1: New York and will be on view through July 28, 2013.

Photos: Joe Holmes; rAndom International; and collabcubed

NYC Culture on the Cheap: Weekend 5/3

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Free & Cheap things to do this weekend in NYC (5/3/13 to 5/5/13)
It’s going to be a perfect Spring weekend so here are plenty of suggestions to keep you out and about with culture and fun. Free & Cheap things to do this weekend in NYC (5/3/13 to 5/5/13) Walks, talks, music, art, Ideas Festival, Pen World Voices Fest, Red Bull Music Fest, Nuit Blanche events, Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo and so much more!
1. THEATER: Fri 5/3 and all weekend – Blondie of Arabia. Monica Hunken’s one-woman show on her odyssey biking through 3 countries in the Middle East weeks before the Arab Spring. A quirky comedy. Monica talks after the Fri 5/3 and 5/10 performances. 8pm. $25.
2. LITERATURE/READINGS:  Fri 5/3 – PEN World Voices of International Literature’s Literary Mews. Nestled among the cobblestone streets of NYU’s storied Washington Mews, this day-long “festival within the Festival” will feature writers’ workshops in the morning and readings in the afternoon. FREE
3. ART:  Fri 5/3 & all weekend through 6/20 – Holton Rower Focus paintings, Pour Paintings two bodies of work side by side. Diverse results achieved by the artist through his innovative and deceptively simple process of pouring hand-made acrylic paints over wood. Rower will also introduce a new body of work titled “Focus paintings” which are amazingly out of focus! Opening Fri 6 to 9pm. FREE
4. FILM: Fri 5/3 & Sat 5/4 – New York Indian Film Festival $15  See schedule.
5. ART/ARCHITECTURE/URBAN STUDIES/DESIGN/FOOD: Fri 5/3 & Sat 5/4 –Ideas City is a biennial Festival in New York City of conferences, workshops, an innovative StreetFest around the Bowery, and more than one hundred independent projects and public events that are forums for exchanging ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity. So much to do so check schedule to pick. A few events that caught my eye: Creation 3D; Human Hotel; and Murals on the Bowery. 9am to Midnight. FREE
6. MUSIC: All weekend & through 5/31– Red Bull Music Academy. An amazing amount of music events all around town ranging mostly from FREE to $20. Check events on their site.
7. WALK/ARCHITECTURE:  Sat 5/4 – The Great Saunter. A 32 mile walk around Manhattan’s Shoreline.7am to 7pm $20
8. ART/VIDEO/LIGHT: Sat 5/4  – Nuit Blanche presents Change of State. Site-specific projection on the facade of the New Museum.  And Mulberry Street Night Fest where the street is converted into a series of cool light, projection-mapping, and video installations. 8pm to midnight. FREE
9. ART/PARTICIPATORY/FUN: Sat 5/4 & Sun 5/5 – The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure: Experiment 17 – DUMBO Individuals (or pairs) sign up for a personalized journey that remixes history, memory, the everyday and the spectacular. A multitude of performers will be scattered through the neighborhood to lead you through a series of unexpected and fabulous DUMBO encounters. Noon to 5pm $10.
10. ARCHITECTURE/WALK/TOUR: Sat 5/4 – Made in LIC: A Jane Jacobs Walking Tour of Long Island City 12pm at The Clock Tower. FREE
11. MUSIC: Sat 5/4 – Brooklyn Flea Record Fair at Smorgasburg 11am to 6pm. FREE
12. ARCHITECTURE/WALKING TOUR: Sat 5/4 – Hudson Yards: Design(in) The New Heart of NY. OHNY. Exhibit and architect-led tours. 10am to 3pm. Register. FREE.
13. MUSIC/ART/FUN: Sat 5/4 – Earth Day Rockaway: Free activities, live music by Il Collectivo, art-related booths, kite-making, recycling olympics and much more. 12 to 4pm. FREE
14. FUN/SPECTATOR: Sat 5/4 – Kentucky Derby watch sites
15. THEATER: All weekend & through 3/19 – The Pulitzer Prize winning play ‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman. General Admission $18
16. MUSIC/DANCE/PARTY: Sun 5/5 – Cinco de Mayo with Body Language. Dance Party at Glasslands Gallery. 8:30pm. $10 to $12
17. MUSIC/ART/INSANITY: Sun 5/5 – The National perform their song “Sorrow” for 6 hours straight as part of Ragnar Kjartansson’ A Lot of Sorrow at PS1 in the VW Dome $15 Tkts
18. FOOD/DRINK/FIESTA: Sun 5/5 – Roberta’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Tacos, Cervezas. Tequila, music, pinatas! 2pm to 10pm

Get outside and enjoy!

Alessandro Lupi: Fluorescent Densities

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Italian artist Alessandro Lupi lives and works between Genova and Berlin. His Fluorescent Density ghostly light sculptures are pretty amazing. He creates these by painstakingly painting polyamide threads with fluorescent or photoluminescent paint, one by one, and then back lighting them. They’re a wonderful combination of eerie and cool. The element of movement takes the previous adjectives to the extreme as seen in the video below:

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Filament Mind: Teton County Library

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Filament Mind is an information-driven installation at the Teton County Library in Wyoming, designed to visualize the collective questions of library visitors through an interactive and dynamic spacial sculpture. Designed by Brian W. Brush and Yong Ju Lee of E/B office, Filament Mind illuminates searches in a flash of color and light through glowing bundles of fiber optic cables. Whenever any Wyoming public library visitor anywhere in the state performs a search of the library catalog from a computer, each of the 1000 fiber optic cables hanging above (totaling over 5 miles of cable) corresponds to a call number in the Dewey Decimal System, which organizes the library’s collection into approximately 1000 categories of knowledge. These category titles are displayed in text on the lobby’s south and north walls at the termination points of the fiber optic cables. For further clarification how the installation works watch the video below:

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Infinity Bridge: Stockton-on-Tees

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The Infinity Bridge, a pedestrian bridge in Stockton-on-Tees in the UK, is suspended from a pair of beautiful asymmetrical bowstring arches that, when reflected in the water, look like the flowing double loop of the infinity symbol, hence the name. Designed by Expedition Engineering and Spence Associates, not only are the shape and reflection striking and interesting, but the lighting design by Speirs & Major makes the bridge an interactive kinetic experience. The deck of the footbridge is cloaked in a blue glow that shifts to a white light that moves along with you as you cross, much like a protective spotlight. You can see it in action in the video below.

Photos: Brian Swales and Morley von Sternburg.

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Leo Villareal: The Bay Lights

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If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you probably know that we like light-related art and installations. You might even know that we’re fans of Leo Villareal’s work (previously here, and here.) But only a crazy-loyal follower with an exceptional memory would know that we admired an LED light show a year and a half ago on the Bosphorous Bridge and wondered to ourselves why there’s nothing like that in the U.S. So, now, amazingly enough, all three of these elements have come together in Leo Villareal’s (we’re convinced he must be cloned in order to keep up with all the major projects he’s unveiled the past few months!) latest work The Bay Lights. With 25,000 LEDs strung along 5 miles worth of suspension cables, The Bay Lights project is the world’s largest LED light sculpture and it’s all taking place on the San Francisco Bay Bridge every night for the next two years.

Villareal has come up with unique algorithms that take their inspiration from the waves and wind of the San Francisco Bay as well as from the traffic that flows over the bridge. The light show was officially unveiled two nights ago. If you’re not in San Francisco, like us, you can take a look at the video below to see the animated lights in action.

Photos: Leo Villareal, the creators project; Jordan Kinley; basetree’s flickr; and steve rhodes’ flickr. Video: geekgestalt

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Icehotel: A Warm Story about a Cold Place

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Have you ever wanted to ski in and out of an art exhibit? Well, here’s your big chance. On view now until it begins to melt (approximately mid-April) next to the Icehotel in Sweden is photographer/sculptor Anna Öhlund and lighting designer John Petterson’s light and photography exhibit titled A Warm Story about a Cold Place. Located in its own snow and ice building, the ephemeral exhibition captures the ever-shifting and momentary Arctic light and life of the frozen hotel. The light cycle in the exhibit runs 15 minutes and photographs are positioned within both circular cutouts in the walls and big free-standing ice blocks. Very cool in all meanings of the word.

There is also a companion book of the same name.

Photos: Anna Öhlund

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Alexander Lervik: Lumìere au Chocolat

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Alexander Lervik (previously here) has just come out with a very unique lamp: The Poetry of Light chocolate lamp. Wanting to explore darkness in contrast with light, Lervik set out to play with the idea of melting solid chocolate with a light source to reveal the light. Originally cube-shaped, the designer realized that the way chocolate melts worked better with a pyramid. The lamp begins in complete darkness and as the light source heats the dark chocolate it begins to melt, at first revealing a tiny ray of light and after roughly a 15-minute period the bulb is completely exposed and the melted chocolate ends up in a sectioned tray and can be taken out and consumed like a chocolate bar. Very fun.

La Chaleur de L’amour & la Beauté des Paroles

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This installation caught my eye. La Chaleur de L’amour & la Beauté des Paroles (The warmth of love & the beauty of words) was created by Jad Melki, assistant professor of journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut as well as visiting Faculty at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Melki’s piece represents presence in absence. Using an exposed mattress and warmly lighting it to make it glow, Melki converted its inner springs into words and sentences extracted from letters written by his mother when she was in Sierra Leon in 1974 to his father at the American Univeristy of Beirut. His father read the letters nightly, finding warmth and comfort in them and, in turn, feeling his wife’s presence in her absence. Nice.

Photos by Micheline Nahra

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NYC Culture on the Cheap: Weekend 1/25

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This weekend’s picks for Free & Cheap things to do in NYC (1/25 to 1/27) in art, music, theater, film, performance, dance, architecture and general fun.

1. ART/FILM: 1/25 & 1/26 and through 2/9 – Francis Alÿs: Reel-Unreel. 20-minute film and new paintings FREE
2. CLASS: 1/25 – Intro to the NYC Startup Community. 5:30 to 6:30pm. FREE
3. ART: All Weekend – Drawing Surrealism: 60 works on paper by such iconic artists as Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, and Joan Miró. Free Fri 7 to 9pm. Rest of times $15
4. DANCE: 1/25 and 1/26 – FlicFest of Dance $25
5. MUSIC: 1/25 – Ecstatic Music Festival Kick-off – Shara Worden & Brooklyn Youth Chorus 7pm $15
6. GOOFY FUN: 1/26 – Idiotarod 2013: Annual Shopping cart race 12pm FREE
7. MUSIC: 1/26 – Zammuto w/Miracles of Modern Science doors 6:30; show 7:30pm. $13 to $15
8. ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN: All Weekend & through 9/15 – Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers $6 to $10
9. MUSIC: 1/26 – Les Nuits de Montreal showcasing musical talent from Montreal. 10pm $25
10. TALK/LECTURE: 1/27 – Paul Krugman speaks about his Economy Fixes. 8pm $29
11. ART/PHOTOGRAPHY:  All Weekend – Fire Escapes, Waterfronts & Rooftops as Urban Landscapes: Eugene Hyon Photography: 12 to 5pm FREE
12. THEATER: All weekend & through 2/10 – 20at20 $20 Off-Broadway Show tickets
13. ART/LIGHT: All Weekend – Light Cycles at World Financial Center light installation by artist Anne Militello of twinkling LED lights and mirrored discs in the Winter Garden FREE
14. THEATER/MUSIC: All weekend & through 2/2 – Can Themba’s The Suit directed by Peter Brook $25 and Up
15. FILM/PERFORMANCE: 1/27 – A Full Moon Afternoon: Bidoun Magazine’s afternoon of screenings & performance 4 to 6pm. $10.
16. WALKING TOUR: 1/27 – Walk: SoHo Then and Now: Recent Developments. 11am $20
17. ART INSTALLATION: All weekend Aude Moreau Sugar Carpet Installation through 2/24 FREE
18. PERFORMANCE/ART: 1/27 – Performance Heart: Mixed Potatoes Performance Art Show 7pm FREE

Check our previous Culture on the Cheap posts for ongoing events and check back over the weekend for possible updates. Enjoy!

Glenn Ligon: Neon

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Being a type and neon enthusiast, you can imagine my delight upon entering the Luhring Augustine Gallery in Chelsea last month and discovering Glenn Ligon’s Neon exhibit. Bronx-born Ligon still lives and works in NYC. His works explore themes such as race, sexuality, and language. He uses evocative text including quotes from historically relevant material that at times is culturally charged.

Neon will be on exhibit at Luhring Augustine through January 19th, 2013.

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NYC Culture on the Cheap: Weekend 12/21

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This weekend’s picks for free and cheap things to do (12/21 to 12/23) in NYC. Holiday-themed as well as end-of-the-world ones too. Cultural events in art, music, film, dance, theater, design, walking, food, and general fun!

1. Fri 12/21 in Music/Participatory/Fun The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk. 3 to 4:30pm. Turn your footsteps into sound. Just one of the many Make Music Winter Events this Friday. See other events here. FREE

2. All weekend in Film/Art Christian Marclay’s The Clock. Through 1/21/13. FREE Fridays from 4 to 8pm.

3. Fri 12/21 in Art/Film/Music/Magic/Comedy The End of the World Party. 7pm to midnight. FREE (RSVP here)

4. Fri 12/21 in Comedy/Performance — The Afterlife Comedy Show at 8:30pm: Emily Heller, George Gordon, Erin Judge and more.$8

5. All weekend in Art George Bellows Paintings through 2/18/13. Pay what you wish.

6. Fri 12/21 & Sat 12/22 in Music  Sō Percussion: Where (we) Live: crafting sonic landscapes from found objects, Brooklyn-based quartet Sō Percussion explores the idea of home with a bold experiment in collaborative art-making. At 7:30pm. $16 to $40

7. All weekend in Dance/Acrobatics STREB- Forces! The Movical. Elizabeth Streb and her Extreme Action Company a theater of flight with big hardware and big muscles. Good for the whole family. $25 Adults $15 kids Check site for showtimes.

8. Fri 12/21 in Music/Participatory Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace: Come together and sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the very moment Yoko Ono’s new video IMAGINE PEACE lights up sixteen Times Square billboards at 11:57pm. Meet 11:45pm at Times Square. Part of Make Music Winter. FREE

9. All weekend in Dance/Music/Light  iLuminate Artist of Light: extraordinary effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves. You can see them in action here. $49.50 adults $30 Students Check site for numerous showtimes through 1/5/12.

10. Fri 12/21 in Music – JD Samson and MEN at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. 6pm to midnight. FREE

11. Sat 12/22 in Walking/Fun The Amazing New York Scavenger Hunt: fast-paced team event that is part scavenger hunt and part obstacle course. 12:30pm $17.50 Holiday Edition is $35.

12. All weekend in Dance/Performance The Butt-Cracker Suite: A Trailer Park Ballet, a funny and irreverent adaptation of The Nutcracker. Enter promo code flamingo for $25 tickets. 8:30pm.

13. All weekend in Theater/Multimedia Reid Farrington’s A Christmas Carol. an imaginative and ghostly multimedia re-telling of Dickens’ seasonal tale. Fri 12/21 & Sat 12/22 at 8pm. Sun 12/23 at 3pm. $25

14. Sat 12/22 in Music  Everett Bradley’s Holidelic: this holiday funk-tacular blends the influences of P-Funk, Sly Stone and other 1970’s and ‘80’s funk and soul bands into original songs that celebrate diversity, mild familial seasonal dysfunction, individuality, and holiday booty shaking. 8pm $20 advance $25 at door

15. Sat 12/22 in Music  The Cecilia Chorus of NY: Mangia! Holiday Music with the Flavor of Italy. 8pm Tkts $25 and up.

16. Sat 12/22 in Music David Johansen with Romans. 7pm $23 advance; $25 door

17. All weekend in Dance/Comedy/Performance The Bang Group: Nut/Cracked: a comic/subversive, neo-vaudeville version of The Nutcracker.  7:30pm $24 in advance $30 day of

18. Sun 12/23 in Film Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. 2pm and 6pm. $14

Also in Film all weekend – Zero Dark Thirty: The new Kathryn Bigelow film about the manhunt for Bin Laden. $13

UPDATES:
All weekend in Graphic DesignThe Fifty and Fifty State Mottos Project at the Ace Hotel Gallery. FREE
Sat 12/22 in Music/Participatory/Holiday – Greenwich Village Caroling Walk at 4pm. FREE
Sat 12/22 in Performance/Improv – The Tarantino: Improvisers performing an improvised Quentin Tarantino movie before your eyes. At 10pm $5.
Sun 12/23 in Film/Holiday – It’s a Wonderful Life at 2pm. $10 tkts

Farmacia Lordelo: José Carlos Cruz

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I love this very cool pharmacy! Farmacia Lordelo in Vila Real, Portugal, was designed by Portuguese architect José Carlos Cruz. The oval shaped, corrugated aluminum-clad two-story building contains both the store and pharmaceutical labs. Keeping the exterior neutral and emphasizing its neutrality with an absence of openings — the only opening being the main entrance — Cruz played with the internationally recognizable green cross pharmacy symbol in neon green as the dynamic decorative element. The interior has a sanitary yet contemporary feel, all in white with curving walls. Outside and in: pretty fabulous.

If you like this pharmacy you’d probably like this one too.

All photos by Fernando Guerra courtesy of the architect.

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Cubemusic: Craig Colorusso

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Sound and light artist Craig Colorusso, based in Boston, describes what he does quite succinctly on his blog: “Sometimes I make stuff you can hear. Sometimes I make stuff you can see.” On his website there’s a slightly more elaborate description: “…Exploring the intersection of sound, light, and space through sculpture since 2000. His installations consist of wood, metal, fabric, and electronics.”

His installation Cubemusic is made up of six aluminum cubes with cut-out shapes that light filters through, much in the way a child’s magin lantern does. The lights rotate and the intensity varies. In addition to the light, the installation emits an “eerie droning sound” referred to as Cubemusic by Colorusso.

Cubemusic will be on exhibit at East Prospect in Arkansas from December 6th through the 8th as part of a group show. For those of us far from Arkansas, you can get a peek at Cubemusic in the short video below:

Photos and video courtesy of the artist and Kevin Belli.