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6Apr/10

DAPHANE PARK: SUPERCONDUCTOR

Dapahane Park prepares her “Superconductor” healing installation by circling it with a feather and burning incense (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Daphane Park prepares her “Superconductor” healing installation by circling it with a feather and smudging with burning incense (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Honeyspace
148 Eleventh Ave. between 21st & 22nd Sts.
Through Saturday, April 10, free, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (9:00 on April 10)
www.honey-space.com
twi-ny slide show

New York-based artist Daphane Park has reimagined Wilhelm Reich’s controversial orgone accumulator in Chelsea’s Honeyspace gallery, creating an organic “Superconductor” where visitors can gather with friends or meditate on their own while experiencing its many mysteries. Primarily composed of raw silk and cotton held together by steel wire, the welcoming tentlike space, a striking combination of deep red, pink, gold, and silver, feels as if it has an energy, a life-force, all its own, enhanced by a subtle but powerful electronic noise soundtrack by David Marshall, Rachael Bell, and Derrick Barnicoat. Incorporating holistic healing methods with shamanistic ritual, Park gives a performance every day from 3:00 to 6:00, using the architectural structure in addition to a pair of symbolic hammocks, a piano with lighted candles and a black skull on it, and a platform of old, broken musical instruments. The exhibit, curated by Karen Dorothee Peters, ends on April 10 at 7:00 with Lance White Magpie, a direct descendant of Crazy Horse, performing a special Lakota shamanic ritual set to live music. To fully experience “Superconductor,” which Park also envisions as a type of renewal, be sure to take off your shoes and go inside the installation, where you will feel like you’re experiencing another level of emotional and psychological consciousness.

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