Wonderspaces Is Back (And So Am I!)

A BRIEF NOTE

I’m back, baby! Can you believe it!? After being on hiatus for nearly a year to finish college, I’ve had my blog completely redone, and I’ve been planning all kinds of upcoming adventures that I can’t wait to share with you all! If you haven’t subscribed already, please do so you can be notified of my new posts when they are published! I’m so happy to be back in the blogging world! But we’ll catch up later; today I’m here to tell you all about the new Wonderspaces exhibit! You may recall my post about last year’s Wonderspaces, but this year they’ve brought a whole array of new pieces and experiences.

HOSHI

Hoshi is made up of 130 fluorescent lights and 26 mirrors, and is meant to change your understanding of space and time. The mirrors create an effect that makes it feel like the room expands infinitely in all directions. Apparently Hoshi was featured in a DJ Snake music video (don’t laugh at me, but I have no idea who that is). The lights flicker and dim in a rhythmic, mesmerizing  pattern; sometimes the room is in almost complete darkness, and sometimes the light is blinding.

TO DO

To Do is made up of 6,400 sticky notes. Visitors are supposed to write their to-do-list on a sticky note, and then view what others have written. This piece is supposed to represent the collective consciousness of society. It’s meant to be viewed up close, allowing you to see what each individual has on their to-do-list, and then from afar, allowing you to see the overwhelming amount of notes as they all come together. To Do was made by Illegal Art, who always encourage participation in their artwork. 

AKOUSMAFLORE

Alright, so this one was weird, but like, cool weird. There are several plants hanging from the ceiling, all of which you’re invited to touch. When you do, they make different sounds. And that’s pretty much it. 

VOLUMEN

This was another kind of weird piece. Basically, it’s made up of five panels, which show some very detailed, very complex video. The video is probably like five minutes long, and it loops continuously. The best way I can describe it is that it’s almost like a 3D psychedelic experience that incorporates architecture as well as digital designs. 

THE CORRIDOR

This is easily my favorite thing at Wonderspaces! It’s really hard to explain, but I’ll try: You’re in a room, and on each wall is a different projection. Each wall shows a mini film (about 5 minutes long). Each film stands alone, but when you watch them all together, it tells a larger story. The scenes all interact with each other in ways that are impossible to explain. Also, Aidan Gillen from Game of Thrones stars in one of the videos! It was really weird to see him in that context. Here’s a little trailer to give you a feel for the individual stories and the larger story they work together to tell.

LEVITATE

Levitate consists of a bunch of translucent tubes filled with little black balls that levitate as you approach them. I’m no physicist, so I can’t explain how they achieved this, but it was pretty fascinating. 

THE BORDER

The contents of this room are made up entirely of construction paper! The whole thing was designed by a German artist named  Carolin Wanitzek, and over the course of 100 hours, she and 15 assistants set the whole thing up. It is so intricate and so detailed, and I’m honestly amazed that no clumsy people (like myself) have fallen on any of the pieces 😅 

THE DINNER PARTY

When it comes to virtual reality, this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. The Dinner Party is a cinematic virtual reality film, that depicts the true story behind the first reported alien abduction, with a psychedelic twist. The film is about 15 minutes long, and as far as I know, there’s nowhere to watch the whole film online, but here is the trailer to give you a little taste.

SUBMERGE

Submerge is probably the most popular piece in the entire show. The lights put on a “show”, so to speak – over the course of about 10 minutes, over 8,000 light bulbs switch on and off and change colors, and are accompanied by subtle sound effects. At the end of the cycle, all the lights come on together at the same time, flooding the dark room with light. 

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MAGNETIC FIELD

This is another one of those exhibits that I’m going to try to explain despite my complete lack of scientific understanding. Steel wool is held on the wall by a magnetic field (we tried putting other metal objects up to the wall and discovered that the walls themselves were not magnetic). You’re encouraged to gently touch the steel wool, and if you stand and observe it long enough, you’ll notice that the magnetic field manipulates it and causes it to move. This gives the piece a lifelike quality, which is both really cool and also a little unsettling for some reason. 

BODY PAINT

Body Paint is so cool! Using a custom software and an infrared camera, Body pain senses all your movements, turning them into art before your eyes.

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Still photos just didn't do it any justice, so I went back another day to demonstrate.

INTO THE BREATH

Supposedly, Into the Breath was designed to encourage peaceful thought, wonder, and meditation. That is very different than my initial impression. It’s shaped like a giant sperm, and you have to take your shoes off and enter through a womb-like slit. Pretty sure there’s something to that and it’s not just my sick imagination running wild. The balloon is very fragile as it’s made up of hundreds of grocery bags taped together. 

BLACK BALLOONS

Last but not least, Black Balloons was really something special. Using balloons, thread, tape, helium, and an air pump, the artist created this very surreal field of balloons. I think the concept behind this installation is really compelling; balloons are usually associated with celebration, but by painting them black, the artist makes them appear menacing and eerie. 

So, which piece is your favorite? Let me know in a comment below! 

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