The 1964-65 World's Fair gave birth to the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). Project! World's Fair celebrates this advent with a fresh perspective on the buildings created as a result of the Fair and the subsequent museum and exhibits that have come to define NYSCI. We invite you to leave the kids behind and come out for a night illuminated by images of the past, present and future, inspired by the Fair, and experience the NYSCI of today against a backdrop of rockets and large-scale artist projections and installations on, in and around NYSCI’s building and exhibits. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with museum exhibits anew with a sample of a 50-year-old cocktail, beer or wine, as well as partake in workshops. Tickets include workshops, beer/wine and samples of cocktails inspired by the turn of the century.
$20 per person ($15 per person for NYSCI members).
Once Upon a Rocket by Laura Miller
Join us in Rocket Park as artist Laura Miller presents a projection-based PowerPoint performance event that explores past visions of future in the shadows of the 1964 World’s Fair.
8 pm: Animations projected onto one of NYSCI’s rockets
8:30 pm: Performance by DJ Pan
9:20 pm: Performance by DJ Thermos www.mixcloud.com/AmosDJThermos/
10:20 pm: Live performance by Unconscious Disturbance
World’s Fair by Paul Amitai
View World's Fair, a short video collection that combines photo collage, still image animation, documentary video and sampled film footage constructed from the Utopian visions of Cold War-era World’s Fair expositions. World’s Fair is a work of speculative fiction that reflects the hyper-reality of the present day.
Paul Amitai is an artist, musician, and cultural producer working at the intersection of art, technology and live events. He has exhibited and performed in North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East, and has released numerous albums and shared the stage with legends such as Run-DMC and The Specials. Paul was previously senior curator at Eyebeam, founder and curator of the New York Festival of Electronic Composers and Improvisers, and curator/producer of work presented at Performa, ZERO1 Biennial and FACT.
Lissajous interactions by Benton C Bainbridge with laser projections by Norman Ballard on NYSCI’s Great Hall, the original building from the 1964 World’s Fair.
Inspired by the Atomic Energy Commission’s exhibit at the Hall of Science half a century ago, participants can collaborate to make “atomic” light performances, using an iPad instrument to control colorful laser light projections onto the facade of the Great Hall.
Benton C Bainbridge creates interactive installations and visual performances in collaboration with scores of artists around the world. Norman Ballard is an award-winning creator of innovative illumination forms for the visual and performing arts worldwide.
Shadows of the Future – A Light and Shadow Spectacular of the 1964 New York World’s Fair by Glowing Pictures
Glowing Pictures presents Shadows of the Future, a three-hour interactive visual performance with live video, sound and shadow puppetry inside NYSCI’s latest experience, Design Lab. Ten to 15 participants will improvise with interactive video instruments and shadow puppets over a 30-foot long panoramic screen, creating a multi-sensory experience. Players explore visual performance within the constraints of Glowing Pictures’ signature visual style. A narrative will include quotes from the 1964 World’s Fair including General Motor’s Futurama, General Electric’s Carousel of Progress, the Unisphere, and IBM’s THINK! Pavilion. The result is a collective remix of the shadows of space-age futurism and the human experience of the modern age as it was envisioned to be by the luminaries of the time.
Glowing Pictures socializes moving image and storytelling by turning audiences into participants through immersion, play and improvisation. They merge tech innovations with classical storytelling and composition and realize visions through contextual collaborations with artists, brands and institutions. Their work has anticipated immersive theatre, projection mapping, experiential learning, VJing and viral video, among other new forms.
Building with Geometry and Synergy with Kurt Przbilla
Explore the geometric patterns and synergetic structures found all around us through fun, hand-on building. Experience these geometric relationships directly, learn about the principles of structure, and have a better understanding of the synergetic way nature builds by creating some amazing constructions.
Kurt Przybilla is an inventor, writer, producer and educator. He invented Tetra Tops®, the world’s first spinning top with more than one axis of spin, which was inspired by the works of Buckminster Fuller. He is co-creator, writer and producer of the Molecularium Project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he has produced and co-written Molecules to the MAX!, a 3D animated film for Giant Screen IMAX theaters, Molecularium, a digital dome feature, and NanoSpace, a game-based online theme park to teach kids about atoms and molecules.
Instagram World’s Fair by CHiKA and Bruno Kruse
Join us in Rocket Park for an Instagram-fed projection mixed with World’s Fair historical images on the side of NYSCI’s North Wing building.
CHiKA is an interactive visual artist and educator and a creator of Mappathon. She creates interactive projection mapping installations that explore the relationship between visual, light, sound and public audience. Her work has been shown at the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art and Design, San Francisco Art Institute, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Museo Regional de Guadalajara, New York University, Cooper Union, The School of Visual Arts, Dumbo Arts Festival and MOD Festival, among other places.
Bruno Kruse is a New York-based digital artist and developer. His work includes projections, computer vision and game theory. His recent artwork focuses on designing and developing tools to create interactive installations. He utilizes technology to create meaningful experiences and is motivated by an ongoing curiosity of designing with code.
Haute Glue LED Bling – Illuminated Hot Glue + LED Sculpture and Jewelry
Stop by NYSCI’s Maker Space to learn how to turn some LEDs, batteries and a whole lot of hot glue into incredible jewelry and sculptures that will light up your night.
People for the Pavilion
Chat with the folks from People for the Pavilion about the past, present and possible future of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Watch clips from the upcoming documentary film about the structure by PFP Co-Founder Matthew Silva, and view historic photos of the structure.
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