Last week I was invited to a preview of the Spirit of Autumn at the new art phenom, ARTECHOUSE. ARTECHOUSE is the first technology based innovate art space in DC. The exhibits are completely immersive and interactive with viewers, making everyone part of the art. The space opened over the summer with the XYZT: Abstract Landscapes, which I unfortunately didn't get to see. When I saw the preview invite for the newest exhibit, entitled Spirit of Autumn, I jumped on the opportunity to go.
The Spirit of Autumn is just what it sounds like- an art installation dedicated to fall. The gallery showcases a 270 degree wall projection with trees, leaves, and even an interactive weather change in the forest landscape. The projection is completely immersive and responds to an individuals movement, making the viewer part of the art. The gallery has two smaller installations that are completely interactive and movement based as well, with fall leaves in Through the Leaves, and swirling fall colors that you enhance in Autumn Dance.
My favorite part of the exhibit is the interactive perspective. In addition to your movements making the art projections move, the viewer is even more immersed in the art by being able to decorate your own leaf, that will show up in the 270 degree forest. I decorated mine with my blog name, and waited to see it show up in the installation. The leaf starts as one, then duplicates so it is viewed all around the wall. This concept was such a awesome touch, and I recommend starting with decorating your leaf first when visiting the gallery, as the leaves do take a bit of time to process and show up on the main exhibit. This will also give you more time to locate and potentially capture your leaf in photos.
To top it off, there is also an app that ARTECHOUSE created using state-of-the-art technology to view various objects in the space with digital enhancements. I saw a preview on the cocktails that were served with the preview, and it was seriously too cool.
The installation publicly opened yesterday, October 1, and will run through November 5, 2017. Tickets range from $8-20 and have daytime viewings from 10am-4pm for all ages, or evening viewings from 6-10pm for ages 21+.
To view more about Spirit of Autumn, view the ARTECHOUSE website. Thank you ARTECHOUSE for the amazing preview!
Photography by Arielle Lewis Studios.
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