When I was in Albuquerque last month, I had the opportunity to visit one of the newest art exhibits the city has to offer, Artechouse. New Mexico in general attracts artists of all genres because of the unique and beautiful desert landscapes, but I never thought it would attract the digital crowd of artists. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Meow Wolf in Santa Fe has gained so much hype?
I was intrigued by this digital exhibit when I first saw it on my friend’s Snapchat story. I initially thought the exhibit was in Denver, but boy, was I wrong. To be honest, after seeing it on my friend’s Snapchat story, it sparked my nerd side because I immediately knew it took computer scientists to get it up and running and who doesn’t want to explore and experience four dimensions?
Artechouse is a digital exhibit based in Washington DC. As it was explained to me before I entered the dark room, ArtechouseABQ (Albuquerque) is a trial run exhibit. Basically, they want to know how the exhibit performs in the city before expanding. If you want to know more, visit their website HERE.
I’ve never been to the Washington DC location, so I won’t be able to compare and contrast the two. However, the theme of the exhibit found in Albuquerque focuses on “XYZT Abstract Landscapes”. It basically explores the four dimensions: X(horizontal), Y(vertical), Z(depth) and T(time). It was created by French digital artists Adrien M and Claire B.
Because I’m such a big nerd, I was super stoked to check this place out and convinced a few friends to go with me. The admission fee was at a discounted price for students with ID and military with ID at $12. General admission for adults was $15 and children 12 and under is $10. I thought this was a little too steep.
I had great expectations for this place and for the most part, it delivered.
When you first walk in, the room is dark and there are different installations across the space. Each installation featured a different idea of exploring the XYZT dimensions. Most of the installation was interactive through the use of sensors and apps that can be downloaded from your phone. I apologize for not knowing the app, as I've already deleted it!
So as with my other "art" posts, I hope you get a glimpse of what the exhibit was like through the following visuals.
Because there was too much moving components, it was a tad difficult to get a photo that wasn't blurry.
For the most part, I thought the exhibit itself was interesting and a great way to explore a different avenue for "art", however, I still think the price was a little steep and I would be lying if I wasn't a little bit disappointed either. I'm just a little bit disappointed because I felt like as a whole, the exhibits were fairly similar to one another. It just felt like the only thing that was changed was how it was projected or the space itself.
If you're one who easily gets motion sick, I just want to warn and let you know that this art exhibit will do just that. Don't worry though, there are benches around the exhibit to help you recuperate a little.