Monkeytown - Brooklyn, NY

“Part video parlor, but all restaurant” - this former auto body shop in Williamsburg was converted into the new home of a long running underground experimental film series and dinner club.  The concept of Monkeytown was to provide the community with a cultural laboratory for contemporary video art and dining, distinct from more conventional venues.  With a proprietor also keen on developing an eclectic menu, what transpired is a dynamic and social nexus of refined experimental cuisine and avant-garde performance, once referred to as a “digital and oral aurora borealis space”.

With the founder, Montgomery Knott, and a design colleague, Jake LaChapelle, and a team of technical consultants, we created a space that is casual, dynamic, and refreshing with a modest budget.  It was agreed to retain the unpretentious character of the former incarnation of Monkeytown, while upgrading it comfortably. At the same time, it was essential to provide a controlled environment in which high fidelity film and sound could be appreciated.

© 2007-2011    Christina D. Hansen

Saxophonist amongst projections: Håkon Kornstad

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