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A set of trippy installations by NYC artists will be on display at Panorama Fest

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Tolly Wright

This weekend at Panorama take a break from dancing your ass off to some of the world's biggest and most exciting music acts and explore some mind-bending interactive art installations by New York City–based artists. The Randalls Island fest is bringing back its one-of-a-kind digital art experience and large, 360-degree virtual-reality theater, The Lab, and it's promising to be as trippy cool as ever. Conveniently located near the Pavilion stage and a craft beer tent (see the map below), don't miss these Lab installations:  

Dream Machine by Emilie Baltz

Finally, sound you can can smell and see! Created by Baltz, a multi-talented experiential artist, food designer, cookbook author and educator, Dream Machine is a "multi-player, olfactory organ performance" that tickles four different senses in the experience through smell, sound, touch and light. 

Future Portrait by PRISM

Tom Rossano and Elliot Blanchard's Brooklyn-based production company and creative studio is behind this inventive project, which uses the motion of visitors to create dynamic animation that can be remixed and shared.

Heartfelt by Ekene Ijeoma 

Get closer to your fellow festival-goers with this project from artist and designer Ijeoma, which calls on visitors to hold hands and allow their bodies to be used as conductors for electricity that powers lights and play sounds. 

Right Passage by Windmill Factory

Step right up into a sublime new world with this room scale installation. Visitors are invited to walk through a labyrinthine passage from a hazed darkness into the light in an experience that might just reorientate your senses—or at least your pupils.

Volume by SOFTlab

Really embrace the excitement and camaraderie of attending a large music festival in this interactive, reflective cube, which uses mirrors, light and sound to redirect the sights and noise of the surrounding festival-goers. 

Boolean Planet by Future Wife

Panorama Fest describes this one as such: "A monolithic sphere beckons nearby entities to form gravity wells with the weight of their bodies, slicing through celestial veils to reveal the unseen worlds beneath the surface." You're guess as to how that works is as good as ours.

The Ark Dome Show by Dirt Empire and music by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans

The pièce de résistance of The Lab, a massive 90-foot dome will house 200-plus attendees at a time to experience its 360-degree immersive theater experience. The large-scale video experience includes original music and an out-of-this-world sound design. 

Panorama Festival is at Randalls Island Park ( Fri 28–Sun 30; $125 general admission, $345 three-day pass. 

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