traversal53 opens dec 3rd @ 9pm

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Traversal53, is presented by

Location: 20 w. 53rd St (6th Ave side of site, across from MoMA),
Dates/times: Friday, December 3, 2010 (beginning at 9pm) through Sunday, December 19, 2010. Running 24/7.

Installed in the western half of the former Donnell library (20 w. 53rd St, NYC, across from MoMA), and visible across the surfaces of the large windows fronting the space, traversal53 is a kinetic art installation composed of robotic instruments programmed to survey the space with custom optics.

Inspired by photographs of the preparation of the library‚Äôs materials for digitizing by, and the library’s current, ambiguous status, traversal53 is a process of scanning the transitional moment of the building itself, analogous to the scanning of the materials of the library prior to their relocation.

The output is designed to work with the reflections on the large windows of the building to create compositions from the interplay and slippage of the interior and exterior environments. traversal53 is a persistent, transflective event.

Visitors are invited to photograph the work and upload their images to flickr, with the tag traversal53. In doing so, visitors are completing the archival gesture by digitizing the space itself in its transitional moment, and then situating it, in that condition, in digital space. A selection of the images will be included in a digital book that will be kept at Selections will be credited.

here’s our flickr site with some installation shots.
here’s our vimeo site with some video documentation.