This past week PSFK braved what can only be described as a light summer monsoon to venture to the Chelsea art district to enjoy the six course dining experience that brought together food, art and experimental culture. Arriving early, soaked couples and art lovers gathered in the front lobby of Eyebeam – New York’s art and technology center — to wait for their chance to file into a dark room to experience the resurrection of one of Brooklyn’s most legendary tech-enhanced restaurants in its new pop-up form.
Monkey Town, the Williamsburg outpost that entertained and delighted diners for seven years until its closing in 2010, will once again pair visually captivating films with a top culinary experience. The on-screen videos are designed to complement the food being prepared.
This time around, there was an air of expectation and nervous curiosity as the walls were peeled back and diners were ushered into a large, glowing cube where short films were being projected onto nearby walls. Inside the almost soundproof chamber, it was easy to imagine yourself literally stepping into another world.
Inside the almost pitch black space, diners listened as the curator shared his thoughts on the event, which proved to be an intimate and delicious dinner full of hearty vegetable dishes and excellent wine pairings, served by smartly dressed waiters and waitresses all who were very well-versed in art history.
The film program incorporated everything from re-enactments of the popular video game Second Life and nature-themed visual collages.
All the pictures taken above were snapped on the new Nokia Lumia 928, whose low-light camera was able to clearly capture the dim luminescence of the cube’s interior. This meant that rather than ending up with a set of blurry memories of the evening, we emerged with something truly worth sharing.
The experience was a highly memorable one that started out our summer of culture on the perfect note.
For more information about the artists and chefs who collaborated as part of the event and to get tickets to attend yourself, see below.
Jack + Leigh Ruby (produced by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee), Shana Moulton, Tara Sinn, Errol Morris, Trisha Baga, Lily Sheng + Antonia Kuo and Petra Cortright, Zefrey Throwell, Kathy Rose, Peter Burr, Will Rahilly, Annie Pearlman, Brian Close, Ben Ridgway, William Strobeck, Alison Mennor, Bunny Rogers and Filip Olszewski, Chris Rice, Theo Angell, Montgomery Knott, Astrid Menze
Wed/Thurs – Max Sussman w/ Katy Peetz (ex-Roberta‚Äôs)
Fri/Sat – Nacxí Gaxiola (ex-Pulqueria, La Superior)
Sundays – Fred Hua (Nha Toi)
Mon/Tues – Josh Cross + Montgomery Knott (ex-Gramercy Tavern, Alain Ducasse)