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Park Avenue Armory’s mission is to revitalize one of America’s historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space unlike any other in New York. Part palace, part industrial shed, the Armory is dedicated to the development and presentation of work in the visual and performing arts best realized in a non-traditional setting. With its Gilded Age interiors and soaring 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall, the Armory allows artists to create – and audiences to experience – epic, immersive and adventurous work that cannot be done anywhere else. The Armory seeks to stimulate the most ambitious and innovative work many artists will undertake in their career. Such has been its impact in its first five years that in December 2011 The New York Times noted “Park Avenue Armory…has arrived as the most important new cultural institution in New York City.”

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Projections ran continuously across both sides of a 54 foot by 40 foot wall. Photo: James Ewing. Photo: James Ewing Photo: James Ewing Photo: James Ewing Photo: James Ewing

On March 20, 2013, a seminal work in the evolution of electronic music will open at the Armory: OKTOPHONIE by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Although epic, it won’t be the first time the Armory has presented stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks electronic art. In 2011, the Armory commissioned Ryoji Ikeda to install the transfinite in the 55,000 square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Visitors were invited to submerge themselves in Ikeda’s sonic and visual choreography of digital information by removing their shoes and walking directly on its surface. Internally, we came to calling it our “digital beach” because people responded to it so freely—from kids running and couples kissing to solitary yoga poses and unlikely friendships formed over lines of code instead of cups of coffee.

For more photos, check out the transfinite's Facebook album.

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