September 13, 2019

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Wendy Rodrigues

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‘Machine Hallucination’ at Artechouse

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New York City has too many things to do and places to see, it is nearly impossible to see all of New York in one trip. This is especially true when it comes to museums and art galleries. New York has an estimated 100 museums, which leaves New Yorkers and …

New York City has too many things to do and places to see, it is nearly impossible to see all of New York in one trip. This is especially true when it comes to museums and art galleries. New York has an estimated 100 museums, which leaves New Yorkers and tourists spoilt for choice. When making your list be sure to add the newly opened Artechouse as it is a one of a kind experience.

The Artechouse space is located in what was once the enormous boiler room of the historic building of Chelsea Market. This space serves as a great place to exhibit this immersive and experimental work. It is a one of a kind exhibition space that deals with the correlation between art and technology. It is the first permanent venue in the city that is devoted to only Digital Art. While it’s only been open to the public for a week, it is all the rage, especially all over social media as it makes for a great experience and gorgeous pictures.

The space has two levels, a mezzanine level with a bar where you can order ‘Augmented Reality Mocktails’ based on the different neighborhoods of New York. To avail of the augmented reality feature, you have to download the Artechouse App and point your phone at the drinks to watch them come alive. The second level is the main exhibition space where you can see the actual work.

The inaugural installation called ‘Machine Hallucination’ is by a Los Angeles based Turkish artist, Refik Anadol. It is the artist first solo exhibition in the city. This piece uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms on a dataset of more than three million images. The installation depicts a wide range of architectural styles and movements, revealing the hidden co-relation between all these moments historically. Viewers get to see architectural hallucinations in 512 that is accompanied by some music to really transport you.

The thing that makes this space so special is that it can be appreciated by everyone. You can just sit back, relax and let the work transport you. The looping piece lasts about 20 minutes so you don’t need to devote too much time to it, and you can head to Chelsea Market for some amazing food right after. With it’s 16K project and 150-megapixel laser projection you feel like you’re in an alternate world and you’re one with the art, this is especially true when things start flying around the room. All in all, it is definitely an experience and is something where you can just sit back and let the space do the rest.