Above and below are photos taken recently at the most unique T.I.N.Y. (The Interactive New York) large-scale, art installation that is on exhibit (for free) through this Sunday (June 16th) at the Marina at Pier 57 (Westside Highway at end of 15th Street on West side of Manhattan) where Garson Yu, the curator of this fun (and free) installation inside an old pier building, invites visitors to completely throw themselves into the interactive multi-media installation and to "engage in a sound hunt and discover your own story." Los Angeles resident Yu is the founder of yU+co: a design company specializing in film title design and motion graphics for film/TV and new media. He was born in Hong Kong but did live in New York about 20 years ago, where he began his art career, when the acclaimed video artist developed a love for the city and a keen appreciation of the sounds, sights and all the senses and feelings given by the streets of NYC and its intense subway system on which he bases this large scale art installation housed in a series of shipping containers.
I stopped by last weekend and joined the, surprisingly few, attendees taking advantage of this highly entertaining and completely free, vast interactive exhibit that is designed to interact with all of your senses as you walk into the big cavernous space surrounded by shipping containers - some 36 hanging above, others open for people to walk through and designed to resemble a subway car in length and scale with text and simple art, drawn by installation attendees (or “straphangers”) with the colored chalk provided, on its walls. Inside speakers pump out ambient sounds of the noises of the subway with city street sounds mixed in while video images of the city (all of which he meticulously filmed across the boroughs of NYC) flash by on the walls. Outside in the main opening videos are projected onto the containers on one side, and microphones are set up for folks to make loud "WOO" or "BOO" sounds into which, in turn, can speed up or slow the down the corresponding nearby video projections of city street and subway images (complete with sounds) - all done via the latest in interactive sound and motion technology.
The T.I.N.Y. exhibit also includes a sound hunt in which attendees are encouraged to hunt for audio "easter eggs" that are hidden all around the large art installation. Then they uncover isolated sounds and with these create their own personal story by putting these sounds they've together, as well as write down these stories to contribute their part to this interactive exhibit made up of other T.I.N.Y. participants as well as the curator. See the instruction sign right for full details on how this works. The goal by Yu and his collaborators in this ambitious project is to capture the multi-sensory overload of everyday living in the intense streets and subways of New York City. Free. An added bonus is that there are picnic tables set up overlooking the river where you can have a picnic or just take in the views of New York City and New Jersey on the other side of the water. Open everyday, 9am to 7pm. through Sunday June 16th at Pier 57 - W 15th & Westside Highway. More info here.
Among the many great shows to chose from in the week ahead in New York City is the wonderful double billing of The Roots and Jim James who will be playing in Prospect Park in Brooklyn at 7pm on Tuesday evening, June 18th as part of the summer long Celebrate Brooklyn series that is billed as State of the Union: An Evening of Collaborative Performances. Unlike most of the outdoor park shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan and the other boroughs this one is not free. Tickets are $41 but are for a very good cause since proceeds go directly to support free programming at the Celebrate Brooklyn program itself. Doors at 6pm. Show at 7pm. Happening rain or shine (and it rains a lot in the summer in NYC - usually thunderstorms that don't last long but there has been a lot of extended rain storms over the past week). All ages. Tickets and more info here.
Also happening this week (June 12th to 16th) is the adventurous jazz fest the Village Voice sponsored Vision Festival. Now in its 18th year this Brooklyn avant-garde jazz fest happens at Roulette (June 12-16) with such acts as Roscoe Mitchell, Sonny Simmons and Reggie Workman. This year it is honoring Milford Graves for a lifetime of achievement. More festival info here. Then there is the nine-hour Bang on a Can Marathon extravaganza of drumming
and other diverse musical stylings happening at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on Sunday June 16th starting at 1pm. Free event. More info
Fans of the great bard will want to head to Central Park to the outdoor Delacorte Theater for the always popular, in-demand annual outdoor free theater NYC event that is Shakespeare in the Park. Starting in the week ahead and running through August 18th this summer are two productions: The Comedy of Errors and Love's Labour's Lost. For dates and how to get free tickets in advance (be prepared to put in about 2 to 3 hours in line to get these tickets - on a first-come, first-served basis - usually given out at Joe's Pub/Public Theater downtown) to previews and shows go here.