Considering the Future In Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Experiencing the future in the darkened theatre on Grand Street was quite comfortable. With virtual reality (VR) glasses at the ready, monolithic speakers, mood lighting, and an audio soundtrack that accompanied the visuals, one felt instantly transported into a 360-degree world, all while sitting in a cushy chair. With glasses on, guests could see action taking place to the side, up above, and down below, yet one feels more than just a spectator as the sense of place is forgotten. The 90-minute adventure includes three short films and three dramatic audio stories, and with the ambisonic sound, it’s hard to tell whether the action is actually taking place in the room, or just within our imagination. Is this the future of movie-going? Museum-going? Or life itself? 

The theater (Photo credit: MoFE)

This is the Museum of Future Experiences, (MOFE), and Liminality, an experience for all the senses. The first film provides a glimpse into the collapse of one world as the inhabitants try to escape to the new world, in the second, we see a relationship in turmoil, and in the third, a new beginning symbolized by a blooming garden. Three audio stories provide a narrative that can be either linked together…or not. It’s up to each viewer. But it is all very hypnotic, moving and truly unique. 

Image courtesy of MoFE

Guests are limited to 14, for now, and after gatherig in the waiting room, the group is given brief instructions about what awaits behind the curtain.  We hear about the show’s intent, and what we can expect, but after experiencing Liminality, it’s difficult to really prepare for this out of body, out of mind event.

The facade of MoFE

The show will run a few months with plans for new productions. The staff continually searches for new virtual reality content; however, the audio stories are produced in-house. The goal of MOFE is to “show you something you’ve never seen or heard before.”  The plain façade of the building is intentional, meant to be nondescript, and mysterious.  

Martha’s Country Bakery
A marriage proposal!

Once you leave the theatre, it pays to get a bit to eat nearby to refuel after such a journey and discuss its meaning, and Fabiane’s on North 5th offers just that; their Sunday brunch was a delight with a fast-paced, attentive staff. Then, to Martha’s Country Bakery on Bedford for some sweets, and a stroll up Grand to the Domino Park to think more about the future or just watch the jet skiers race by. On this day at the park, an impromptu “will you marry me” table was set up as one partner was surprising the other with a proposal.  

Can’t get more futuristic than that.  And it all takes place in Williamsburg!

Top photo courtesy of MoFE; allotter photos, MJ Hanley-Goff.

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About MJ Hanley-Goff (102 Articles)
MJ Hanley-Goff has been contributing to WomanAroundTown since its inception in 2009. She began her career at Newsday and for ten years wrote for the Sunday Real Estate section. A move to the Hudson Valley brought her to the Times Herald-Record where she continued to write for a Sunday Real Estate section, and also joined the writing team at the monthly Orange Magazine. MJ then became editor of Hudson Valley Parent magazine, and contributed articles to Hudson Valley Magazine, AAA’s Car & Travel, and Tri-County Woman. After completing her novel and a self-help book, she created MJWRITES, INC. and conducts writing workshops, and as a self-proclaimed book “whisperer,” works with new writers on their books. Now back on Long Island, she continues to enjoy the opportunity to write for Woman Around Town, and the amazing adventures it offers, including reviewing concerts, events, and tourist attractions in New York, and around the world. “I particularly enjoy drawing attention to the off the beaten path kinds of events and experiences,” she says. “It’s great big world out there, with so many talented and creative artists, doers, and thinkers.”