T.I.N.Y. An Interactive Multimedia Art Installation by Garson Yu
The Marina at Pier 57
Located off W 15th St.
Hudson River Greenway, Manhattan, NY
June 1 – June 16
Young Woo and Associates (YWA) will be bringing an interactive multimedia public art installation by artist Garson Yu to the Marina at P57. The Marina at P57 is a temporary art space created at the entryway to Pier 57, which features a “magic carpet” sculptural installation of 36 hanging shipping containers designed by Madrid based architecture firm CH+QS Arquitectos. Video artist Garson Yu has conceptualized his installation, The Interactive New York (T.I.N.Y), as a multi-sensory experience inspired by New York City as a living organism, where visitors will interact with video and sound reminiscent of traveling in the city. Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc, is providing eight Christie HD10K-M 1080 HD 3-chip DLP® projectors in support of the art space at P57.
Shipping containers are arranged inside the warehouse, linked end to end length-wise in a layout similar to a subway train. Visitors enter through one end, and then pass through the containers, just like walking through the cars of a subway train. From inside the cars, they can see moving images of everyday life in New York projected onto containers along either side. The projected images show subway scenes, as well as scenes of childhood memories. There is an ambient audio track built around the rhythmic rumble of a subway train, and layered with city sounds. Walking further into the installation, visitors become participants on their way through– they are encouraged to yell and make different vocal sounds into microphones that trigger motion of the visuals. Another level of participation is found in a sound hunt, where they are prompted to search for audio “easter eggs” hidden throughout the installation. The participants will discover isolated sounds and use what they hear to craft their own unique story by piecing the sounds together. They will write down their stories to contribute to the collective memory of T.I.N.Y. participants.
The public installation, running from June 1 – June 16, will be open from 9AM-7PM and will have limited access on weekdays and full access on weekends. The opening night of the exhibition will include a special performance by artist Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) with his own interpretation of the soundscape of the installation remixed to synchronize with the visuals.
Garson Yu said, “As a student I always wanted to design children’s playgrounds, and this is an opportunity to create something almost like an interactive carnival for families and people of all ages to come play and have fun. My hope is for this to evoke the richness of a full range of memories and emotions. I’m bringing the kind of thinking behind the film projects that I work on in Hollywood, and hope to create an immersive interactive experience that affects everyone based on their personal memories. New York is an important part of my artistic life, and it is great to come back here with this show.”
As the founder/creative director of yU+co in California, Garson Yu is best known for his motion design, including title design and motion graphics work for movies such as Life of Pi, Oz the Great and Powerful, Watchmen, among other films, games, and television shows. Having previously lived in New York and exhibited in various group shows, T.I.N.Y marks Garson’s return to the city where he began his art career.
Check out some photos from the exhibit’s opening night.
Photo Credit: Billy Farrell Agency