The exhibit, Brooklyn Utopia’s third at The Old Stone House, features works that are “visioning for parks and public space,” said Kimberly Maier, the House’s executive director. The upstairs gallery featured works such as Marina Zamin’s immersive video installation “Brooklyn Canals” and an animation by Jess Levey projected onto a canvas with cutout flower pots and windows. There were also panoramic photo-murals of a few blocks on Kent Avenue, as well as picture-postcards and descriptions of eminent domain cases across the city.
Some of the other works in the exhibit merge public space with technology. Lynn Cazabon’s “Uncultivated” project displays pictures of plants with QR codes beneath them. When someone scans the code, they are directed to a website which pinpoints the location of the plants and gives their species. Then there is Skymills, an app which calls on the Old Stone House’s Dutch legacy and erects virtual windmills that can be viewed through an iPad or iPhone. The mills also create virtual skywriting, which Will Pappenheimer was busy collecting from attendees. Holding the stand of his iPad like a handle, Pappenheimer spun around showing off all the windmills, noting that if you walk into the location of one you can look up at the windmill's ceiling. He envisions the app as a virtual public space where users plant trees or write virtual messages that all users can see. “You really are a utopian,” a listener remarked. “Yeah!” Pappenheimer said.
More docile events include a collective sky-gazing night, and later in the exhibition a “collective wedding ceremony” with artist Tracy Candido. There will also be eminent domain biking tours from Park Slope to Coney Island, and a public mural making workshop. The exhibit also coincides with the opening of a new playground in the park. Although the playground doesn’t open till May 11, it will feature some of the virtues of the exhibit, combining art with public space with a submarine-inspired design by artist Julie Peppito and 3D images seen through periscope goggles.