WASHINGTON - The newest D.C. art craze is Artechouse’s ‘XYZT’ exhibit because it offers visitors a chance to be part of the art.
Stick two digitally-minded producers in a web of interactive, motion-activated art displays that creates sensations of movement, changing perception and bursts of light triggered by breath? Well, it’s a (vector) field day that you wish would never end.
Located in the 1200 block of Maryland Avenue SW, ArTecHouse bills itself as “first-of-its kind innovative art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and immersive large scale installations by artists who are forerunners of the new age in arts and technology.”
The new XYZT: Abstract Landscapes exhibit at D.C.’s ArTecHouse
in a word? Energy.
Created by computer scientist Adrien Mondot and graphic designer Claire Bardainne, the aptly named X (horizontal) Y (vertical) Z (depth) T (time) is energetic and explosive.
When light-filled art is static, it’s enchanting. When it’s hypnotic and, in specific instances, seemingly infinite, it’s completely mesmerizing.
Think collective movements of pixels that create a shape as dictated by body movement.
Or water in perpetually changing states forming a three-dimensional space on a flat surface.
It’s an abstract collection of shadows, shapes, particles, cameras that instruct us to walk, dance, move or breathe to elicit a response from the art.
Ultimately, to the delight of any digital lover, the funhouse of 10 futuristic light spectacles triggers a sense of childlike wonder.
It even prompts the viewer to leave with a question or two: Can we leave a footprint on the nonmaterial? Can we materialize time? Can we see something, where there is nothing?
If you plan to visit, here are you few things you should know:
- There is no time limit on how long you spend in the exhibit
- Limited parking is available on the street but plentiful in a nearby garage (sorry, you’ve got to pay)
- Photography is encouraged but please NO FLASH
- Food and drinks are not permitted
If you plan on uploading that pixel perfect image on the gram, don't forget to use #ARTECHOUSE and #XYZT in your post.