The merging of technology and social media has birthed an interesting trend in modern art: the temporary interactive art installation. As artists create work that is multi-sensory and, yes, highly Instagrammable, these shows have popped up everywhere from the Museum of Modern Art to the Museum of Ice Cream.
Now, a new interactive installation is jumping into Austin. Beginning February 14 through March 31, "Hopscotch: Light and Sound" will take up residence in a warehouse-style space at 6100 Airport Blvd., bringing with it a series of 13 temporary exhibits from artists in Austin, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Ukraine.
"Hopscotch" will be divided into 13 rooms throughout the 10,000-square-foot space, and encourages active participation by viewers. "Interactive experiences range from controlling the clouds and weather via balloons to painting with light through an infrared brush by hand," says a news release.
The multimedia exhibition combines everything from LED lights to video to balloons. Though not all installation details have been revealed, we do know the following:
- Olya by Omnia Rasa — Viewers are invited into into an immersive space of complicated multidimensional structures and light.
- Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson — Color, lights, and mirrors construct beautiful boxes that draw viewers in; it’s an optical illusion project that asks visitors to take a closer look at human perception and social interaction, much like the public’s relationship to social media.
- Spirits by dadageek
- Deep Eddy Ball Pit by Hopscotch — An immersive ball pit
- Paint by RGB Wall by Jared Ficklin and Joey Ficklin
- Mujō by Kevin Reilly
- Gemini 6B by Mickey Delp
- Thunder & Lightning by Nate Culpepper and Stacy Wheeler — A balloon installation
- Neon Scream by ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND
- Hifi God by Jerome Morrison — A "pseudoholographic" interactive art installation
- Virtual Reality Experience by Hopscotch
- Matrix, Experience Over Things by Hopscotch
“We’re excited to bring together this talented group of artists and to help them bring their concepts to life,” said Hunter Inman, co-founder of Hopscotch, in a release. “This type of experiential art is a perfect fit for the vibrant Austin community that is always looking for a unique and interactive experience.”
Once open, "Hopscotch" will operate Friday from 4-11 pm, Saturday from 1-11 pm, and Sunday from 1-8 pm, though organizers say additional dates and times will be added. After 7 pm, only attendees over 18 are allowed.
Tickets are priced at $23 for ages 13 and up, $15 for children ages 4 to 12, and children 3 and under are free. And, considering this is Austin after all, an on-site bar will feature alcoholic beverages for purchase from Deep Eddy Vodka.