If you want to know what oblivion feels like—if only for half an hour—head over to The Murder of Crows at the Park Avenue Armory. The sound installation by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller uses the building’s 55,000-square-foot drill hall to great effect: some two dozen chairs are arranged in the center of the room, together with ninety-eight speakers at various heights, some of which are scattered throughout the hall. The looped mix of dream narrative and sound collage produces a gentle but unmistakably nightmarish soundscape that stalks the emptiness, enveloping you, creeping around behind you, and coming up unexpectedly at your side. With the exception of the small central area, the giant hall is unlit. I crept into a pitch-black corner to listen unobserved to the crashing waves and disembodied footsteps only to be suddenly pursued out of the dark by a booming Russian men’s choir. It was startling, a little frightening, and quite thrilling. —Nicole Rudick

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    If only to be back in the city….
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    Reason enough to wish NYC were closer
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    I’ve been to this. This is accurate. A Murder of Crows is disturbing and amazing.
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