You may not feel ready to partake in the space-age look and feel of Google Glass. But, even if you don't think you'll ever invest in the technology, New Yorkers now have a chance to at least try it out. Artist David Datuna's Viewpoint of Billions requires viewers to use the Glass in order to fully experience his new artwork.
The piece is a 12-foot American flag covered in thousands of optical lenses of varying prescriptions. Underneath the lenses are newspaper clippings as well as images of various historical and pop cultural figures, including Bill Gates, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Edward Snowden, and JFK. When the viewer puts on the Glass, the sensors in the artwork tracks the eye movements, noting when you're looking at a certain region of the work. Then, the Glass unlocks hidden videos that relate to the images you're viewing. If you choose to "opt-in," the videos and images taken of you while you're looking at the exhibit are then stored inside the actual artwork and will be shared on social media via Datuna's website. This way, the piece evolves with each interaction, while creating an archive of the audience's interaction. Cool, right?
This is the perfect opportunity for those who are interested in seeing how the Glass works without committing to purchasing one — or wearing one to Fashion Week.
When: Now through December 18, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W. 62 Street (between Broadway and Columbus Avenue); free.