A Virtual Terrarium

A colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life.

One of my favorite places in the city remains to be ARTECHOUSE. I recently explored the latest exhibit: New Nature by Marpi. Visitors step into a virtual terrarium to play with artworks responsive to sensory movement.

I wondered to myself if this is the future of living entities. The reality is though is that it’s a new way to experience art that never existed before. Exhibitions similar to this allows children to see what the mergence of technology and art can do to create a journey into another reality. I was mesmerized by the bamboo-looking artwork flying around me throughout the room. I ran back and forth across a hall that gave the impression it moved upon my touch. However, if you take away the projectors, you’re left with a bare room. You can imagine the artificial intelligence and creativity that went into what seems like a simple interaction.

Watch my experience interacting with this digital playground. To learn more, visit ARTECHOUSE’s website. The exhibition runs now through January 13, 2019.

The Best Style at The Greatest Day Ever Festival

See how attendees styled the three stripes into their outfits.

The Greatest Day Ever music festival, sponsored by Adidas, drew in thousands of attendees to not only enjoy music by RL Grime, Young Thug, Torey Lanez, Alison Wonderland, Majid Jordan and more. Adidas and the Greatest Day Ever team provided me with the opportunity to share my experience at the event on social media.

Throughout the two-day event, I captured some of the “greatest” Adidas style seen throughout the festival grounds. It was truly blissful to see how people styled the Adidas brand into their style. I saw a range of sneakers including the Arkyn, Deerupt, Falcon and naturally all renditions of the Yeezys to date.

I found this festival quite intriguing due to two things:

  • Adidas sponsorship: Yes, naturally the Adidas brand held a presence in many aspects of the festival; however, it didn’t feel as if the company placed the logo on every single opportunity. This played out nicely because it was clear as day what company sponsored the festival, but it didn’t feel too “in your face” especially with photo opportunities and carnival rides. If brands aspire to sponsor a festival properly, they can take key notes from the three stripes brand.
  • Diversity: I’ve been to more than 20 festivals in my lifetime, and this was by far the most diverse crowd I’ve ever seen. I don’t mean ethnicity, even the age ranges varied from toddlers following their parents around, teens who swarmed the main stage area for Lil Skies, college-aged students who came in squads, young adults who enjoyed sets from an elevated viewing area and a few mature adults I found enjoying carnival rides and napping in hammocks.

Take a look at some of the heat seen throughout the day. Perhaps we’ll see you next year! Stay tuned for a video, which will be uploaded to my YouTube channel!

[UPDATE]

You can watch the video here!

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Burning Man in DC

You won’t need to leave the east coast to experience this Nevada festival.

It’s no secret Burning Man festival takes place in a remote desert only to bring more than 50,000 attendees to create a temporary city. Most east coasters know about the festival’s reputation, but most do not flock to Nevada to experience the major event.

When the Smithsonian announced “No Spectators: The Art of the Burning Man” exhibition to take place in the Renwick Gallery, I knew there would be interactive installations that would embody the festival’s spirit. Not only can visitors gaze at marvelous artwork, they can also enjoy immersive room-sized installations, costumes, jewelry, artifacts and a virtual reality tour.

So if you’re like me and you’ve been itching to go, but would never want to endure the heat, this is a great way to get a taste of Burning Man.

For more information, visit https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/burning-man.

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Parallel Universe

The final days of the Parallel Universe exhibition at ARTECHOUSE.

With only a few days left, Parallel Universe is an extraordinary experience that you can immerse yourself into at ARTECHOUSE. If you love the Netflix show Black Mirror, you’ll find yourself comparing imagery at this exhibition. Projections cover the floor-to-ceiling walls so that museum visitors can lounge on bean bags while watching abstract shapes swirl around the area. Take a look at my video to see my personal experience and be sure to check back for the Cherry Blossom Dream Sakura Yume coverage.

The Future of Sports

MITD opens a pop-up art installation in the H St Corridor.

After endlessly visiting New York city for seasonal pop-up art installations, I found myself containing my excitement as I stood on a baby pink tennis court surrounded by a wall of tennis balls.

Made in the District (MITD) opened The Future of Sports, an interactive exhibition, yesterday evening. The museum is similar to experiences to 29Rooms, The Museum of Ice Cream and The Boba Room. Yet it’s positivity can be felt throughout the District for showcasing the city in a creative light.

Visitors can tour a royal blue indoor track on the first floor while enjoying cocktails and music. Downstairs there are nine rooms that host sports in the most Instagramable fashion. Stand against a holographic basketball court or cycle in a neon red room. Either way, you’ll be snapping pics.

  

The Future of Sports runs through November 30. Tickets are sold online.

29Rooms New York

How many can you visit in three hours?

I spent 24 hours in New York with one sole purpose: visit 29Rooms. The long-weekend art exhibition took place last year with an overwhelming positive response. Hosted by Refinery29, 29Rooms might be the most instagrammable event of the year.

Each room holds a different installation, as well as a warehouse floor filled with additional large pieces.

Each ticket gives you a three hour window to run around the floor. Yet the given time does not allot enough to visit all 29rooms. If you attended, you likely waited 30-45 minutes to see some of the most popular installations. But hey, at least you tried Snapchat’s Spectacles and took a few cool pics.

Asics Cloud Pop-Up

Dreamland in Manhattan.

While wandering around a busy Soho street, my friend and I stumbled into the Asics Cloud Pop-Up shop. Not only can you try on the latest Gel Kenun.

The various colorways hang against the walls, as well as a DJ booth set up in the corner. The biggest appeal, however, are the colorful clouds hanging from the ceiling. Once you delve deeper into the room, you find an entire wall covered with clouds lighting up in similar patterns to that of lightning bolts flashing through the sky.

Behind the cloud mural, a dark room hosts photographed cloud walls and a city-covered floor. Once laying in the bean bag sofa, you peer up into a giant circular mirror that makes you feel like you’re on top of a New York building.

Visit the pop-up through the rest of the month at 63 Greene Street.