The Pipilotti Rist exhibit at the New Museum is made up of a variety of different large- scale video installations. All were non-conventional projections of film, some on the ceiling, some being on the wall or in secluded boxes. Many of the installations had places where you could sit comfortably either on the floor with pillows or on beds. The comfortable setting invites you to spend long periods watching the videos which is necessary to gain an understanding of what they are really about. Many of the pieces seem to have a deeper meaning that could only be recognized through watching them repeatedly because they have no dialogue or storyline like traditional films. Instead, the projections show organic scenes from Nature and some have a cast of seemingly random characters. For example, one of the pieces projected onto the corner of a room features an upper class white woman with expensive attire skipping along a road with a large stick of plant matter, smashing all the windows of the parked cars along the street. Upon coming across a police officer both smile at each other and continue onward. You can tell the cars are of poor quality suggesting that the setting is in a poor neighborhood. This represents how the upper class can destroy the lower class without any repercussions.
In comparison “Pixel Forest” isn’t an actual video but is a whole gallery installation saturated with l.e.d bulbs with changing colors hanging from the ceiling on strings. When you enter the darkened room, you are immediately surrounded by the changing lights as you walk into the space. The warm glowing lights give a feeling of wonder and excitement, like seeing holiday decorations. When the lights were blue it felt as if you were at the bottom of the ocean and when they became red and orange you felt as if you were looking up at a giant jellyfish, seeing all of its tendrils hanging down glowing in the blackness of the ocean.
I highly recommend this exhibition to anyone with an explorative nature because “Pixel Forest” is open to many personal interpretations.
Please visit http://newhive.com/gr8witham8/blood-lies to see Lilah and Daphne’s NewHive!
Going to the Museum of the Moving Image is like finding an authentic restaurant within New York City; once found, its as if you’ve discovered a gem. If you are sick and tired of the New York City scene, then come to queens and visit the museum. Also the location of this particular museum is priceless in the sense that its right next to the Kaufman Theater where film productions like Netflix’s very popular show “Orange is the New Black”take place. So, it’s like a two for one deal: you go visit to an exhilarating museum and, you might bump in to an actor during your trip. The museum is located in a semi-crowded area and its accessible since trains M and R are fairly close while trains Q and N are just a couple of blocks away. Everything in the museum has to do with media: the evolution of media, how things happen in media and how things are made. In addition to media, the museum presents a lot of stuff concerning computers so the museum doesn’t only contain items regarding media but some aspects of technology as well.
One of the museum’s standouts is the very first video game, Computer Space, created by Nolan Bushnell. As some one who grew up playing video games and is currently still playing video games, witnessing the first video game can be comparable to meeting a celebrity for me. I was so amazed by the game which looked like a very big, shiny, and sort of like E.T but green. The structure of the first video game was a television within a plastic container which was surprising because you would think the first video game would be on a computer. There was a station where the visitor was allowed to create music and another for making flip books. The museum has many objects on display that visitors are invited to touch, creating a completely new experience versus one which you would get often in museums.
Overall, the Museum of the Moving Image was very entertaining and educational. It’s as if I were reliving my childhood again with all the features on media and video games.
Come one, come all! Sam Eaton’s The Quantum Eye is a blast for all ages! The complexity of Eaton’s tricks make the show intriguing to adults, while Eaton’s fun nature makes the show enjoyable for kids and teens. The show is the longest running one-man Off-Broadway show! Playing for over 9 years, it is worth checking out!
Eaton’s combination of magic and mentalism will leave you mind blown. The Quantum Eye is not your typical magic show with bunnies and magic wands. Eaton uses mentalism, the art of discerning the truth and details about a person’s life through supernatural powers, as well as magic, perception and deception to create a mind-boggling adventure. Wether guessing your pet’s name or figuring out your friend’s age, Eaton is always filled with out of this world magic.
Stage fright? You better hide! The show will not go on without a fun audience. The Quantum Eye depends on audience participation. You will not leave the theater without wondering if he is going to pick you to come up on stage. Eaton’s magic involves deceiving the audience. Eaton may seem as if he can magically read your mind but he is actually deceiving you into believing something that never actually happened. Even if you are not asked to volunteer on stage, Eaton’s enthusiastic and engaging personality makes you feel as if you are part of the show.
How does he do it? Everyone’s thoughts are the same at the end of the show. There is simply no explanation behind Sam Eaton’s magic. Sam Eaton is a one-of-a-kind man with a skill for one-of-a-kind magic.
The show is held at Theater 80, which proves to be a perfect location for The Quantum Eye because it is very small and intimate. Regardless of where you sit, you can always see the stage perfectly. In addition, Eaton will pick volunteers from both the very front and the very back of the theater to ensure that everyone is included. Theater 80 is located behind a quaint little bar that you walk through to get to the show. The bar even serves crepes.
Located on St. Mark’s Place, Theater 80 is situated in a fun and happening neighborhood. Filled with quirky shops, tattoo parlors and good food, St. Mark’s has a sense of character not found everywhere in the city. From the Latin Vegan café to the Spot Dessert Bar, there is always delicious food at your fingertips. I recommend journeying down St. Mark’s Place after you’re wowed by Eaton’s The Quantum, Eye!
There’s a reason The Quantum Eye is the longest running one-man Off-Broadway show! I’ve seen it twice within the past six months- that’s how amazing it is! I have gone back on a quest to discover an explanation behind the magic yet I leave his exiting show the second time with no answers and just as amazed. The Quantum Eye definitely deserves a 5 star rating!