Topsy Turvy in Madison Square Park

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Rendering of Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder’s Topsy Turvy: A Camera Obcura Installation. Courtesy Madison Square Park ConservancyRendering of Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder’s Topsy Turvy: A Camera Obcura Installation. Courtesy Madison Square Park Conservancy

Starting tomorrow, visitors to Madison Square Park can turn their world upside down for the next month by entering an interactive 10-foot-by-10-foot camera obscura. A new twist on an old technology, Topsy-Turvy, by artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, is open from 10 am until 6 pm every day, from March 1 until April 2. The installation was commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art. 

Gibson and Recoder, who are represented by the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, are known for their collaborative performances and installations involving the traditions of experimental and avant-garde film. Their work has been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, Performa, the Sundance Film Festival, and at The Kitchen, among other venues. The two describe Topsy-Turvy as an “homage to one of the earliest moving image technologies in the pre-history of cinema. The projected image inside our circular Camera Obscura delivers an inverted panoramic abstraction of Madison Square Park and the surrounding scenery around the Flatiron District.”