Outside the Frame: #NyanCatCity

I thought I would try another catergory with animation related events (exhibits, parties, sights, etc) which happen in the Real world.

Outside The Hole Gallery in NYC

Outside The Hole Gallery, NYC

#NyanCatCity was an art event/pop-up shop in New York City that occurred for one weekend in December. I found out about this event when passing by the gallery space The Hole, three days before opening night. There was a painting hung on a wall near the entrance of the gallery that caught my eye; it was a large canvas with an image of Nicodemis’ hands from the animated film The Secret of NIMH . I originally thought the show would showcase long forgotten animated films that live on and gain popularity on the Internet. Although the #NyanCatCity was not an homage art show, it did prove to be a multimedia filled night.

Pop Up Shop with Creator Chris Torres! (Purple sweater on the left)

Pop Up Shop with Creator Chris Torres! (Purple sweater on the left)

Pop Up Shop

Full Pop Up Shop

So unless you are completely disassociated with what trends on the internet I am pretty sure Nyan Cat might be in some memory banks of hitting major popularity in early 2012. If you have never seen, heard or need to be refreshed on Nyan Cat just click this link. Though if idly watching doesn’t suit you, I was introduced to Nyan Cat by a Flash game called Nyanicorn which is based on another Flash game that was a sensation called Robot Unicorn Attack. So there is a quick intro to internet Flash animated games (additional Flash animations will be discussed in future posts)!

So from some talk at the event and some printing hand outs, #NyanCatCity was an event to celebrate Nyan Cat and what it has brought to the ever maluable internet. The creator was there as well as a few companies there to show their gratitude (the event was hosted by Vice media) and who with be conducting panels and Q&A’s in the days to follow. For this opening night they had some art(stagnant and interactive to my surprise), a DJ(a bad one), and a small bar. I head to bar first (not just for the alcohol) but the colorful presentation of it. It was a vodka bar where the visitor can pick one of any 6 colored drinks on the table. It was well presented for representing Nyan Cat and the vodka itself had a bit of a kick to it (I think debuting as the first vodka with  menthol which was refreshing at times and then terrible with some flavor combinations reminiscent of cough medicine). Besides the Nicodemis painting, the other art on canvas where dark but they seemed to play when certain colors of light shown on them.

Cocktails come in all colors

Cocktails come in all colors


The Secret of NIMH, The Hole Gallery, #NyanCatCity

Painting of Melting Nicodemos on Canvas. Artist unknown.

The interactive artists where set up toward the front of the gallery and with a projected game set up (nothing like the one I linked above) which had high quality visuals and seemed chaotic and downright difficult. The other trick they had up their sleeves was the main Sphero device that was used for the projected game also can me controlled on a mobile device to the ball can be remotely controlled while you would see Nyan Cat in 3D walking around in place of the lighted orb. For me personally the hype of Nyan Cat had left me long before finding out about this event, but seeing Nyan Cat simulated was pretty fun and exciting.


Sphereo, nyan cat game, #NyanCatCity

Sphereo interactive game


Sphereo, #NyanCatCity

Holding Nyan Cat thanks to interactive technology


After heading around town I returned to the After Party at Santos Party House with a much smaller crowd in attendance with some light dancing(the house DJ was great, but the gallery DJ came to take over afterword well you know…) and a small animated music video playing on a small screen. With that night’s overall events being pretty quiet, I was able to see a few fun things and I did not leave empty-handed.


Santos Party House, NYC, #NyanCatCity

After Party at Santos Party House, NYC.



About pandypancakes

With the style of animation changing, I would like to include all forms of classic and contemporary animating as work of art. It takes 24 still frames in a second to make a movement, which is more than enough still images to fill a gallery with. I always wanted to express my love for animated films and wish to conduct this blog and the films mentioned as respectable content. Growing up I was the one kid that kept watching "cartoons" after my friends grew out of them, and I hope never to do so.

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