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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

Kingdom of Colors at ARTECHOUSE (Washington, DC)

Kingdom of Colors is an immersive visual experience from French filmmaker Thomas Blanchard and artist Oilhack, soundtracked by Lyon-based composer Leonardo Villiger.

Immerse yourself into the world of dreamlike colorful liquids in motion showcased via our state-of-the-art 270 degree wall projections. Watch how this unique and innovative visual installation pushes the limits of engineering and creativity using the new possibilities afforded by advances in filmmaking and camera technology.

This piece is a successful continuation of French filmmaker Thomas Blanchard’s creative experiments with colorful liquids, as most recently seen in his work for the Apple’s commercial of iPhone X. Using a mix of paint, oil, and liquid soap, Thomas Blanchard and Oilhack create islands and oceans of bright colors, rocking us smoothly through circular moves of liquids in motion. Every frame of the video has been shot with macro lenses. The result offers a fluid and otherworldly composition of interacting colors, a kind of surreal and psychedelic experience.

Thomas Blanchard is a Lyon, France based graphic and motion designer and Oilhack is a multidisciplinary artist and co-founder of WeAreColorful based in Lyon, France.

To further the colorful experience the exhibit will showcase interactive works of NOIRFLUX & TIM THOMPSON

To spark your taste buds — and your imagination, ARTECHOUSE creative team will present an extended selection of the Augmented Reality Activations & Cocktails to complement the new installation. Make sure to download the free AR app from Google Play or iTunes Store before your visit.

Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light (Washington, DC)

October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light is the first exhibition on this groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions in more than forty years. As early as 1919, well before the advent of consumer television and video technology, Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing the means to control and project colorful, luminous forms that have been compared to the aurora borealis—and which he referred to collectively as lumia. The exhibition features nearly half of the extant light works by Wilfred representing each phase of his career, from early at-home instruments made for individual viewers to his most ambitious public installation, Lumia Suite, Opus 158, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1963 and recently restored in a joint conservation project by the Gallery and MoMA. Also included in the exhibition are sketches and diagrams from the artist’s archive, now in Yale University Library’s Manuscripts and Archives collection. Recognized as an innovator by artists of his time such as Jackson Pollock, László Moholy-Nagy, and Katherine Dreier, Wilfred has since disappeared from the story of American modernism. Lumia restores this avant-garde artist to his rightful place at the forefront of kinetic and light art.