Thomas D. Rotenberg

Gallery Manager, Made in NY Media Center by IFP

Tell me a little bit about the Made in NY Media Center by IFP.

The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is a collaborative workspace dedicated to supporting and connecting media and tech entrepreneurs. In addition to the workspace, we also have a digital media arts gallery featuring 360-degree projection and a wall of 27 HD monitors.

How long has the Media Center been based in DUMBO?

We’ve been in DUMBO since opening in 2013, but IFP, our parent organization, has been here since 2008.

What makes DUMBO’s art community different from other arts neighborhoods in the city?

DUMBO’s art community isn’t afraid to try new things and think outside of the box. Most art communities are focused on established artists and sales methods – they don’t place the same value on independence and divergence that DUMBO’s community does.

Who are you excited to visit this year as a part of DUMBO Open Studios?

Usagi NY and This Friday or Next Friday – two organizations that exemplify the need for art to diverge from the prevailing paradigms.

What should visitors not miss during their visit to DUMBO Open Studios this May?

Visitors should seek out artists and galleries that show ephemeral work, work that can’t be purchased in the traditional sense – things that are digital, temporary, fleeting. It’s easy to buy a painting and hang it on the wall, but the impact so often fades with time. Digital work has a much more difficult job – to make a quick impression that sticks with you forever, before it’s gone and out of your life. Find those works that create those once-in-a-lifetime moments and never let them go.

Two digital artists I’m looking forward to visiting are Mike Crane and Eva Davidova.