Way ahead of its time: The Remote Lounge NYC

The Remote Lounge, a bar located in NYC’s Bowery District, was known for its innovative use of technology. The bar was filled with monitors and closed circuit television cameras, each equipped with a servo that allowed patrons to control them from various terminals throughout the bar. Patrons could cycle through different cameras until finding someone they wanted to chat with via phone. The experience at the Remote Lounge went through various stages, including awe, self-consciousness, exhibitionism, fumbling with the technology, voyeurism, and finally, a mix of exhibitionism and voyeurism. This concept, which was ahead of its time, is reminiscent of our modern experience with smartphones and social media. The bar left a lasting impression on those who visited, and its impact can still be felt today.


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