New Wonderspaces Exhibit Debuts in Scottsdale

Marilyn HawkesOctober 2019
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Scottsdale’s newest art venue, Wonderspaces, offers patrons a hands-on way to look at and experience art. Tucked away in the back of Scottsdale Fashion Square’s food court, the 16,000 square-foot venue (in the old Harkin’s Theater location), has 18-foot ceilings to accommodate large installations and also houses a gift shop and snack bar.

Wonderspaces recently debuted its second immersive art show, “Elsewhere,” with 13 interactive and participatory art installations.

“This is a completely new, interactive and moving art experience,” says Jason Shin, co-founder and president of Wonderspaces. “Elsewhere” features scenes from our everyday world and then tilts them in a new way that challenges your perceptions.”

Of the 13 exhibits, a couple stood out – “Hoshi,” an installation by Paris-based Nonotak studio, where you walk through a space with mirrors, lights and sound to give the impression that the narrow area is infinite; and the final installation “Confessions,” by Candy Chang, featuring a nearly floor to ceiling wall of true confessions on small wooden plaques (written in a private booth with a private drop-off slot). Reading the confessions was fascinating, giving the viewer an inside look at the public’s anonymous collective guilt. Hint: I’d say about 40 percent had to do with infidelity.

In another exhibit, “Old Friend,” you don virtual reality goggles to view an “animated psychedelic dance party” chockfull of bright colors and bouncy characters in interactive 3D animation by Tyler Hurd. The tune, “Old Friend” by Future Islands, is catchy and you might find yourself happily humming it for the rest of the day.

Walking through the exhibit takes about an hour or longer if you linger to write your own confession and/or spend time reading what others have written. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit wonderspaces.com.

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