Sounds, lights, noise and film, Philippe Parreno fills the Park Avenue Armory with a visceral experience. At different stages the lights would dim, certain sculptures would flash, others would chime. The piano keys would magically move and dance on their own with no music to accompany the phantom performer.
When you read ‘About Tom Sachs’ the explanation is usually along the lines of “innovative re-examination, re-construction and exploration of capitalist cultural icons and systems of daily life.” For Space Program Mars, Sachs recreated his own version of NASA space mission to Mars and astronaut protocols in a series of videos, sculptures, and performative installations. The most important part of the experience at the Armory is emphatically the ‘indoctrination.’ Participants are ‘indoctrinated’ through watching a series of videos, and then […]
Transfinite is a noise and video immersive installation by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda. The baseline for the work is the visual mathematics of binary code, which as an abstract language is the base for all computer media and technological processes. The Park Avenue Armory is a perfect venue to highlight the polarities of the installation’s story – A historic building where the sound of beeps and pings resonnate and the binary codes and barlines flash upon the massive screens.
Christian Boltanski’s No Man’s Land fills the interior of the Park Avenue Armory with thousands of pieces of used clothing, and creating a 40-foot-high mountain. A huge clawed crane grabs clumps of clothing from the top of the pile and then the pieces flutter back down to the floor. The floor is gridded off into sections where coats are laid out, animated by the pounding sound of human heartbeats. Visitors have the opportunity to contribute their heartbeats to the piece […]