TROY, NY – The Tech Valley Center of Gravity is hosting a night of excitement, art and technology during October’s Troy Night Out.
The public event, from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the 30 Third St. makerspace in downtown Troy, will serve as the grand opening of an interactive art installation created by maker-in-residence Jerry Huang.
Huang’s project, “Relational Matter”, includes a physical installation consisting of infinity mirror panels with LED lights among other innovative materials and a multi-sensory interactive virtual world. The work will respond to feedback from the collective viewers, visually and aurally. The exhibit will be on display throughout the weekend during opening hours, when the public is invited to view and interact with the installation and tour the facilities.
The artist will present his signature project with a live performance from 8 to 8:30 p.m. during Troy Night Out. While the installation will remain on view throughout the weekend, the performance will showcase the full range of amazing capabilities of this interactive art installation.
The evening will also include a pop-up version of TVCOG’s popular free kids’ program STEAM-Powered Saturdays, which is presented with support from the Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation. This specialty event, STEAM-Powered Halloween, will feature a free Halloween-themed STEAM activity for kids ages 4-12. Families are encouraged to show up anytime during Troy Night Out from 5-8 p.m. to show off their costumes. , tricks or treats, experience TVCOG’s candy cannon and head to the kids’ section to infuse slime and witches with the resident “Mad Scientist”.
Families coming to participate in STEAM-Powered Halloween are also invited to visit the child-friendly “Relational Matter” exhibit, which will be on display beginning at 5 p.m.
Huang has been working on this facility continuously, hosting free community workshops, open build parties, and preview exhibits over the past few months. It’s a coincidence that it’s set to officially unveil its piece around Halloween, but it’s a perfect fit for the annual Troy Night Out Halloween celebration with its impressive use of lights and sound.
“Jerry’s installation is the perfect example of art and technology coming together in the creative sphere,” TVCOG Chief Operating Officer Dan Falkenstrom said in a press release. “Combining these two events gives us the unique opportunity to show young children some of the possibilities that come from participating in STEAM activities.”
The Creative Residence Program is made possible through the New York State Council for the Arts and is part of TVCOG’s Community Access Programs, which support critical initiatives related to access, equity, education and volunteering.
Visitors can participate in the STEAM-powered Halloween activity or view the installation, but capacity is limited for the performance. For more information on the evening’s events or to register for the show, attendees can visit www.tvcog.net/special-events.
TVCOG is a makerspace, prototyping center, manufacturing incubator, STEAM education center and creative community. The non-profit organization provides low-cost access to equipment, tools, technology and space, as well as business expertise, education and resources. The 15,000 square foot manufacturing space includes nine manufacturing areas such as carpentry, welding, 3D printing and electronics, as well as a prototyping center with high-end equipment. The THINQubator offers STEAM programming for youth and families.
More information about TVCOG and its offerings is available online at www.tvcog.net.