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They see London, they see dance!

The St. George Telectroscope is now open for business on the Fulton Ferry Landing, and people are already using it to “see” friends and urbanites in the distant British capital.

“I just did the ‘Patty Duke maneuver’ with someone in London,” said Manhattanite Mark Tauss, referring to a dance move that he was able to perform with a stranger overseas by “looking” through British artist Paul St. George’s artwork — a project that touches on Victorian, futuristic and sci-fi themes.

It uses a fiber-optic visual connection between New York and London.

This week, St. George and his accomplices installed the project at night. By day, all of DUMBO was buzzing about the piece (just as Londoners were doing at the Telectrosc­ope’s eastern end near the Tower Bridge).

The goal is to connect people to each other — and to their public spaces, said its creators.

“We hope it will bring people down to this great vantage point,” said Peter Kohlmann, 55, a producer of the project. “It’s an interesting way of using the space and seeing how people come to use their imagination.”

Martin Mazorra and his 6-year-old daughter were certainly doing that on Wednesday when they happened upon the Telectroscope during a run to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

“It will be really interesting to see people in London,” said Mazorra.

“Telectroscope” is open until June 15. Views of London are provided free of charge. Visit www.telectroscope.org for information.

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Jay from Williamsburg says:
This is portal to london is little similar in concept to Brooklyn is Watching, a project in williamsburg that allows Brooklynites to look in on the doings of artists in Second Life-- artists who are making work specifically to be seen by brooklyn art fans.
Read about it here: http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2008/03/mixed-reality-w.html

Its also similar to something imagined by Alan Kaprow in his essay "The Education of the (un)Artist"
June 1, 2008, 11:25 pm

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