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Drones to Invade Knockdown Center This Summer

The Knockdown Center is accepting submissions for a drone obstacle course to be built this summer (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Knockdown Center is accepting submissions for a drone obstacle course to be built this summer (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Call me a hyper-sensitive freak, but when I first heard the buzzing sound of a drone hovering above the smooth concrete floor at Knockdown Center, I got the chills. There’s something deeply ominous about drones, not least of all because they’ve become synonymous with a futuristic, one-sided (for now anyway) kind of warfare that’s shrouded in secrecy. Somewhat evil undeniably, but drones are also fascinating. “I have a drone newsfeed and stuff pops up like every day, probably 10 or 15 different stories ranging from ‘Three People Killed in Pakistan’ to ‘Drone Captures Surfing Dolphin’ or ‘Perverts are Spying on People,'” said Michael Merck, the creative director at Knockdown Center. It’s no wonder, then, that the Queens-based art center has chosen drones as the centerpiece of its summer exhibition.

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Experience Synesthesia Through Interactive Brain Wave Art at Reverse Gallery

, installation by (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“Eunoia II,” installation by Lisa Park at Reverse Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

For once count yourself lucky if you missed an art opening. Synaestheticsa new exhibition at Reverse Gallery in Williamsburg opened last Friday; sure, there was free booze and great people watching, but the two interactive installations that are featured and the trans-sensory trips they inspire are best experienced in isolation or maybe at most with one other partner. Both Eunoia II, by Lisa Park, and Format No. 1, by Louise Foo and Martha Skou, strangely mimic our increasingly digital experience of the world, which is itself a lonesome, disconnected way of engaging with people more and more through social media.

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Here It Is, the Mystical Interactive Public Art Game You’ve Been Waiting For

Detail of Portal 2, which will be unveiled on July 13th.

Detail of Portal 2, which will be unveiled on July 13th.

The East Village sure is feeling mystical these days.

Artists Nicolina Johnson and Pérola M. Bonfanti will soon unveil their “13 Portals” — murals based on various forms of astrology and ancient spirituality — on abandoned doorways around the neighborhood, with a kooky communal game to tie them all together.
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