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Art of darkness: Uncover art with a flashlight at Brooklyn Lyceum

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Talk about the dark arts!

On March 1, Park Slope’s Brooklyn Lyceum will be plunged into near-darkness as 50 Brooklyn-based artists exhibit and perform circus acts, music, visual arts and more throughout the quirky bathhouse-turned-event space. But don’t expect any spotlights to illuminate the shows — instead, audience members will each be issued a flashlight to explore the experimental event on their own.

“The aesthetic of the night is quite dark and raw to reflect the cavernous space of Brooklyn Lyceum,” said Isaac Bush, artistic director of the Circle Theater of New York, which is organizing the event.

The theater collective created the event — dubbed a “Live Art Market” — to give alternative artists in the borough a new platform for their work.

“It is a showcase for alternative artist,” said Bush, who hopes to make “Live Art Market” a quarterly event. “Art that is collaborative, out of the box, and challenges the medium which it belongs to.”

In order to keep the attendees on their toes, specific details about exactly what will take place on the night are almost as shadowy as the event itself. But Bush promised that the format will ensure each patron experiences a unique, interactive adventure in their torch-guided travels.

“The audience will definitely have a three-dimensional experience with this event,” he said.

Even many of the other scheduled performers are in the dark about exactly what will happen once the lights go down.

“I guess we’ll find out when we walk in,” said a spokesperson for roots-rock band the Hollows, one of many acts audience members will be able to search for in the darkness. “It sounds really immersive, which is cool.”

“Live Art Market” at Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. between Union and President streets in Park Slope, (718) 857–4816 www.circletheaterny.org]. March 1 at 7 pm. $15 advance, $20 at door, $150 VIP.

Updated 3:06 pm, February 26, 2014
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SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART!!!!! Nothing says "Transplant" more than the two words "Brooklyn Based"! ARt so pretentious you can't even find it with a flashlight! ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART!! While you are in there with the flashlight see if you can't find the Emperors new cloths.
Feb. 25, 2014, 4:57 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
That's not the point, Swampy. You're not getting it. The point is, we confer the status of art upon every nook and cranny of Brooklyn. This then adds value, Shazaam, and the place gentrifies inside and out. There's a long tradition of this kind of art in the borough. Williamsburg was gentrified by hipsters back in the 90s doing crazy warehouse spelunking like this. It's good installation-slash-performance art. But mostly, it enlarges the sphere of hipster socialization and ownership of the physical space of Brooklyn. A positive development.
Feb. 25, 2014, 9:44 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
That's not the point, Swampy. You're not getting it. The point is, we confer the status of art upon every nook and cranny of Brooklyn. This then adds value, Shazaam, and the place gentrifies inside and out. There's a long tradition of this kind of art in the borough. Williamsburg was gentrified by hipsters back in the 90s doing crazy warehouse spelunking like this. It's good installation-slash-performance art. But mostly, it enlarges the sphere of hipster socialization and ownership of the physical space of Brooklyn. A positive development.
Feb. 25, 2014, 9:44 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
“The audience will definitely have a three-dimensional experience with this event,” he said.

This whole thing is hilarious, but I got a kick out of this quote. Do these people ever actually listen to the words that come out of their mouths?
Feb. 25, 2014, 9:46 am
ty from pps says:
I know, what a horrible idea... spending time with friends and/or family going to a fun little interactive exhibit. Saturday at 7:00?! But you'll miss the reruns of How I Met Your Mother!

There are obviously many other things to do on a Saturday evening in Brooklyn, but none of them have enough "realness" and curmudgeon-friendly suffering for Swampy and company. Why isn't Wheel of Fortune on TV on the weekends!? Ya know, REAL Brooklyn stuff.
Feb. 25, 2014, 10:26 am
Pat I. from 70' Brooklyn says:
Yo JAZ - don't we kinda do the same thing when the power goes out and we look for the breaker box with a flashlight?
Feb. 25, 2014, 12:17 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Sure, Swamp. New York has no tradition of arts. So transplanty.
Feb. 25, 2014, 2:33 pm
Velour from Bed-Stuy says:
This article is super strange. There's a lot of misinformation. As someone involved with this event I can say that 1) there will be soft lights throughout, and normal performance lights on the musicians and theatre groups. This is not a "darkness emersion" concept. It's an experiment that has to do with getting people to actually look carefully at art instead of just walking past it. Maybe it will work, maybe not. But better to judge in person, I think. 2) all of the art will be for sale, so that's completely wrong. 3) Part of the reason for the mystery is that the organizing team let each art group (visual artist, performance group) plan their own contributions...we simply don't know what each band or theatre will be bringing. Another important aspect of this event that was glossed over was the fact that over half of the visual artists are queer artists or artists of color (I am one of them). These works speak directly to experiences and media (comics, poster art, zines, fan-art, concert photography) that are often left out of the "high-art" "performancy" world. Obviously I'm biased, but this is a special event, and it offers an opportunity to meet unusual young artists and buy affordable prints from them (like 15$ beautiful hand-signed prints, people) all while enjoying creative theatre and listening to great local music. Sounds good to me.
Feb. 25, 2014, 11:59 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
It sounds great, Velour. It's been a while since I've heard news from the Brooklyn Lyceum. That place has been doing art since the dawn of the Brooklyn Renaissance, must be 30 years now. And of course, as you bring energy and creativity to the Lyceum, it will fan the condo development that is already underway along Fourth Avenue. Goes with the territory of art, and it is not a bad thing. For selling art, it might even be a good thing.
Feb. 26, 2014, 12:35 am

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