GREEN SCREEN THEATER, QUEENS GANTRY PARK
Antonio is interested in the role of film, theatre and comics in the creation of the historical and contemporary image of New York City. His early work explored the charged non-US-territories around the UN Building and the adjacent U-Thant Island, later shifting over the East River to Queens to observe these strange city conditions from a distant frame.
Conceived as a kind of alter-ego to the industrial relic of Queens Park Gantry, the new partially-open air theatre explores the shifting boundaries between film, theatre and the city and remains in a constant state of construction. Recognising the rising use of visual technologies in theatre production and the status of NYC as the second biggest centre of film production in the world, the building is both theatre and film production studio. Adapting to different technical production needs and innumerable special-effects requirements this chameolonic environment channels Frank Miller’s Sin City, the whimsical, inflected worlds of Michel Gondry and Charlie Kauffman’s epic film “Synecdoche New York”.