Sea of Light: An Interactive Journey through Light + Sound (New York City)

Opens December 5, 2017 for 3 months

This winter, something spectacular is coming to the Seaport District in NYC. Like no winter light show you will have ever seen before. Sea of Light is a fully immersive sensory adventure of light and sound activated by proximity and touch. Join us for a unique Winter Holiday experience.

Sea of Light is created in partnership with Symmetry Labs, a San Francisco-based interactive light art collective. Symmetry Lab is known for unique works of art, including Burning Man, Superbowl Village and Panorama Music Festival.

https://www.southstreetseaport.com/sea_of_light.html

The Seaport District
19 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038

Franchise Freedom – a flying drone sculpture by Studio Drift at Art Basel (Miami, Florida)

If you are planning to be at Art Basel in Miami, Florida on December 6, 2017 be sure to look up in the sky!

“FRANCHISE FREEDOM – a flying sculpture by Studio Drift in partnership with BMW” is a performative artwork at the interface between technology, science, and art. An autonomous flying swarm of 300 drones, each equipped with a light source, will imitate the natural phenomenon of a flock on December 6, 9 PM on the beach of Miami above the sea between 32nd and 33rd Street off Collins Avenue behind the Faena Hotel Miami Beach.

More info:
BMW Group

Shawn Hunt’s Transformation Mask at MOA (Vancouver, Canada)

The Raven, the ultimate trickster, has become a cyborg. In this creative collaboration with Microsoft, Heiltsuk artist Shawn Hunt moves away from the hand-carved surface, exploring authenticity and our expectations of what it means to be Indigenous. The Transformation Mask features Microsoft HoloLens, creating an experiential sculpture engaged with mixed reality. The mask appropriates the traditional aspects of metamorphosis with the transformation from bird mask to human, yet in this adaptation the human mask has been altered, upgraded and merged with the machine. Incorporating technology, sound, and space, each part of the work reflects Hunt’s interest in how we understand and identify with the term Indigenous. This work presents a new trajectory for the exploration of First Nations practices through the lens of technology and innovation.

http://transformationmask.com/
http://moa.ubc.ca/portfolio_page/shawn-hunts-transformation-mask/

Dates:
Thursday November 30 2017 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Come early to hear Shawn Hunt’s Artist Talk, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Saturday December 2 2017 | 1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday December 3 2017 | 1- 5 p.m.

Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
University of British Columbia
6393 N.W. Marine Drive
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2
CANADA

Berlin Wall: The Virtual Reality Experience at the Newseum (Washington, DC)

Open through Dec 2018

Virtual reality technology is changing the game in storytelling. At the Newseum, visitors can now step back into time for seven minutes and experience communist East Berlin at the height of the Cold War.

Using a VR headset, headphones and two handheld controllers, visitors can walk through the deserted streets of East Berlin and witness the communist propaganda posters and austere atmosphere that characterized the walled-off city. Although visitors are safely tethered within a 10-foot-by-10-foot space inside the museum, their experience is punctuated by the anxiety of dodging the guard tower searchlights that sweep “no-man’s land” looking for wall jumpers. Once back on the West Berlin side of the wall, visitors can use their controllers to help break down the decades-old barrier to freedom.

After concluding the VR experience, visitors can make their way down to the Newseum’s Hubbard Concourse Level, where eight sections of the Berlin Wall and an actual East Berlin guard tower have been on exhibit since the Newseum opened. The Berlin Wall exhibit explores the history of the wall and reminds visitors of the struggles worldwide to preserve or obtain the right to free expression and religious liberty.

http://www.newseum.org/2017/07/26/berlin-wall-vr-experience-now-open-at-the-newseum/

Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC, 20001

DODO by Bricolage at Carnegie Museums (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

October 13 – November 29, 2017
Note: The show is completely sold out. Still a possibility for standby tickets.

Since 1760, they’ve operated in secret, preparing the way. Once considered legend, they’ve been steadily growing in number and influence. Their existence, in direct response to a pressing need expressed by the natural world, is one of the most significant and far-reaching stories in America: a story of un-natural selection. A story of extinction. The actions of humanity have set into motion events that will outlive our species. It must now be determined what will endure. Do you know how you got here? Do you know where you’re going? Our past is a memory, our future is certain. DODO: the time has come.

http://www.bricolagepgh.org/programs/program-listings/dodo/

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Oakland Facility
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

CARNE y ARENA virtual reality installation at LACMA (Los Angeles, California)

Very hard to get tickets to this one as it sells out immediately once a block opens. Good luck!

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Based on true accounts, the superficial lines between subject and bystander are blurred and bound together, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and thoroughly live a fragment of the refugees’ personal journeys. An immersive installation that reunites frequent collaborators Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki alongside producer Mary Parent and ILMxLAB, CARNE y ARENA is centered around a 6 ½-minute virtual reality sequence for one person that employs state-of-the-art immersive technology to create a multi-narrative light space with human characters.

http://www.lacma.org/carne-y-arena

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER: OCEAN ODYSSEY (New York City)

Opens October 6, 2017

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER: OCEAN ODYSSEY is a first-of-its kind immersive entertainment experience that utilizes ground-breaking technology to transport audiences on an incredible underwater journey.

Embark on a breathtaking odyssey across the Pacific Ocean and encounter its greatest wonders and mightiest creatures. Come face-to-face with an undersea world teeming with life—from great white sharks and humpback whales, to Humboldt squids and sea lions. Without getting wet. All in the heart of Times Square!

From the creative minds at SPE Partners, with a team of Academy, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning artists, including the visual effects creators behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” National Geographic Encounter is a never‑before seen entertainment experience.

You may never want to come up for air.

https://natgeoencounter.com/

Location:

Times Square
226 West 44th Street (between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10036