Ann Hamilton: The Event of a Thread
Since it’s opening in December, several members of our New York staff have enjoyed visiting Ann Hamilton’s interactive multimedia installation at Park Avenue Armory. Hamilton’s site-specific, multi-sensory experience is designed so that visitors can interact with the space, becoming a part of the installation. A large white curtain hangs across the 55,000 square foot space and moves as visitors sway on 42 swings, which are connected by a system of pulleys. The voices of actors reading aloud are broadcast on a radio, and carried by 42 radio receivers that circulate among visitors throughout the space. The texts they read are woven together from multiple sources, including Aristotle, Darwin, Johann Herder, Giambattista Vico, Camptain William Dampier, Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as contemporary writers Susan Stewart and Lewis Hyde, following the structure of a concordance. 42 live homing pigeons are also a part of the installation. It ends this Sunday, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, we highly recommend it.
- Photos by James Ewing, courtesy of Park Avenue ArmoryThis entry was posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 10:19 am and is filed under Events, In the Neighborhood. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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