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Watch a Walkthrough of Park Avenue Armory's Martin Creed Exhibit

By Shaye Weaver | June 17, 2016 3:02pm
 Martin Creed's "The Back Door," an exhibition that plays with your senses, is on view through Aug. 7
Martin Creed's "The Back Door" is on view through Aug. 7
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UPPER EAST SIDE —  The historic Park Avenue Armory's drill hall has been transformed into an immersive experience — where rooms are filled with balloons, lights blink on and off and a room is dedicated to videos of people defecating.

Martin Creed's exhibit, called the "The Back Door," runs through Aug. 7, taking visitors on a journey through the first floor of the armory — where each room comes with a surprise.

Below see our Facebook Live video of the exhibit:

One room is filled large white balloons that participants have to push through to walk around, in another, a piano shuts on its own, and live musicians spring from out of no where.

Some parts feature videos, including one showing people eating and opening their mouths slowly. The "moving portraits" have been slowed to one-eighth of their actual speed, according to the museum.

And for those with a stronger stomach, there are Creed's "Shit" and "Sick" films, which show people defecating and vomiting.

Creed explores the basics of human existence by stripping away the unnecessary, said the exhibit's curator Tom Eccles in a statement.

"He has conceived a deeply layered experience for the Armory that engages and, indeed sometimes provokes, all of the senses," he said. "This survey will be profoundly revelatory for American audiences who have not yet had the opportunity to experience Martin’s work at such a comprehensive level."

The exhibition coincides with the launch of Creed's new album,"Thoughts Lined Up," with the new single, "Everybody Needs Somebody to Hate."

The exhibit is on view Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 2 to 10 p.m., and on the weekend from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Curatorial talks about the exhibit are being held on Saturdays at 3 p.m. through July 30.