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Holographics: What’s real and what’s an illusion?

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:30 am

The curator of a new exhibition in Long Island City says making holograms is like working inside a camera.

“You’re shaping light,” said Martina Mrongovius, who is curating for the Holocenter.

A zebra will prance to life, a banana will fool the audience as to whether it’s edible or not and a woman will allow a glimpse of her blood pumping and her cells oscillating just under the surface of her skin.

All play with the idea of what’s real and what’s not.

“They will question your perspective of what’s solid and tangible,” Mrongovius said.

Mrongovius, originally from Australia, selected the 35 works in “Interference: Coexistence,” at the Long Island City Clock Tower from Sept. 6 to 28, from her mentors, whom she met teaching and traveling from Germany to South Korea. Mrongovius will also show one of her own holograms, which she made from 200 video frames and then animated.

In addition to filling the tower with holographic art, the empty entryway and old bank vaults will buzz with several shows. Opening night Robert Aaron and SPI Music Artists will perform their unique brand of music with beverages donated by Brooklyn Brewery and CoolVines.

On Sept. 12 one of Flux Factory’s artists in residence who is also a certified New York City guide will give a special tour — one that doubles as performance art, Holocenter Director Jonah Levy said — of the exhibition.

Saturday, Sept. 14 will go to the kids with optics experiments and drawing.

On the 19th artist Gerry Marks will project his hologram photos including ones taken of the view from the top of the clock tower, and then on the 21st the space will be filled with experimental music for the wrap-up party of the Maker Faire, an event at the Hall of Science that shows off pretty much anything that’s new and mind-blowing in the world of manufacturing and technology.

“The music pushes the tech side,“ Levy said. “There’s going to be some grooves and some thoughtful stuff.”

Up until March the nomadic public arts group No Longer Empty filled the tower that once was the borough’s largest building with an exhibit about money, a throwback to the spot’s former tenant — the Bank of Manhattan.

The group, along with Andover Realty, then donated the space to the Holocenter for the show.

“It’s our first major show in four years,” Levy said.

In 2009 the center lost its funding and had to vacate its office in Court Square. Since then it has been operating out of the Flux Factory space at 39-31 29 St.

Once the show closes down, the Holocenter will move to the basement, where it will stay until next August.

They will continue to show their boundary-pushing art on a smaller scale as well as team up with The Secret Theatre and LIC Flea & Food for additional shows.

“We’re really excited to show people what holography is all about,” Levy said.

‘Interference: Coexistence’

When: Sept. 6 to 28, Wednesday through Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.

Where: Clock Tower in LIC, 29-27 41 Ave.

Tickets: Free, holocenter.org

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