After reading a 1,000+ word description of tonight’s bash at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, we’re still not sure how exactly it will relate to the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, except that it’s taking place in one of the few buildings left over from the futurist extravaganza of 50 years ago.
From what we gather, some heady DJs, Brooklyn rock band Unconscious Disturbance, a host of digital artists and even an inventor are getting together to pay trippy tribute to the fair. All while you sip old-timey cocktails. And there’s a laser show. So we’re fucking sold.
As someone who’s fascinated enough by the fair to have shared 50 fun facts from an old guide book, I’m kind of bummed to be out of town for this one. But at least I just got to see the gigantic tire, on the side of the highway as you come in from the Detroit’s airport, that originally served as a ferris wheel at the fair.
Peep it then, at the 2:48 mark:
If this sort of thing sends chills up your spine, well then you’ll definitely want to hit this night at the museum. Here’s the email from the Hall of Science. You can find out even more about the artists and performance here, where the $20 tickets are being sold.
Friday, October 10; 8 pm – 11 pm
$20 per person ($15 per person for NYSCI members). Buy your tickets now.
Leave the kids behind and join us for a night illuminated by images of the past, present and future, inspired by the 1964–65 World’s Fair. 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.
The evening includes:
Once Upon a Rocket – Artist Laura Miller presents a projection-based performance event that explores past visions of future with projections onto one of NYSCI’s rockets and performances by DJ Pan and DJ Thermos.
World’s Fair – A video collection combining photo collage, still image animation, documentary video and film footage by artist, musician and cultural producer Paul Amitai.
“Atomsville” – 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.
Shadows of the Future – Glowing Pictures presents an interactive visual performance with live video, sound and shadow puppetry. 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.
Building with Geometry and Synergy – Explore geometric patterns and synergetic structures and create some amazing constructions with inventor, writer and educator Kurt Przbilla.
Instagram World’s Fair – An Instagram-fed projection mixed with World’s Fair historical images by artists CHiKa and Bruno Kruse.
Haute Glue LED Bling – Illuminated Hot Glue + LED Sculpture and Jewelry – A chance to turn LEDs, batteries and hot glue into incredible jewelry and sculptures that will light up your night.
People for the Pavilion – An opportunity to 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.