Launch of "Sky Mills" at Brooklyn Utopias, April 5
Project Director and Curator: Katherine Gressel
Taking a cue from the Dutch history of the Old Stone House, this project erects a series of new-style old-style fantastic augmented reality windmills that make wind power desirable for the Washington Park area. To complement and distract residents who might be opposed to windmills, a virtual skywriter plane will be driven by power from the Mills to draw pictures and messages in the sky submitted by members of the community visiting the Old Stone House. Skywriting and sky drawings will stretch from Grand Army Plaza to the East River.
The windmills and especially the propellers will be painted in optical colors such that watching them will have a have a hypnotic calming effect. The windmills can be used for all kinds of different energy transformation; wind into electricity, corn into biofuel, wind hydrogen battery charging, general battery charging and garbage to methane. The windmills hope to aid the detachment from the larger corporate city energy supply that has become unaffordable. Some of the windmill heads will be rotatable to vertical positions to obtain the very concentrated energy of passing tornadoes and severe macrobursts that increasingly appear during Brooklyn summers.
All of this is be visible through mobile smart phones and iPads via the commonly available "augmented reality" application, Layar. Download the free App Layar Augmented Reality Browser and install, search for the "Sky Mills” layer and launch. http://m.layar.com/open/skymills
Brooklyn Utopias is an ongoing exhibit and event series, founded in 2009, in which artists, youth, activists, architects, designers and urban theorists consider differing visions of an ideal city through the “concrete” example of Brooklyn.
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30-9:30pm
**Patrons’ Reception and Curator/Artist tour: 6:30-7:30pm–with kickstarter pledges of $10 and up! BECOME A PATRON!**
Location: Old Stone House and Washington Park, 336 3rd St (between 4th and 5th Avenues, Brooklyn)
Hours: Thursday & Friday, 4 pm – 6 pm/Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
Due to OSH’s busy event schedule, call 718-768-3195 to confirm weekend hours.