Art + Tech + House
The Artechouse DC is an immersive art space that’s been in Washington DC since June 2017. I was going to try to explain what it is, but found the description on their website so much better especially because its hard to explain something that you just have to see and experience yourself!
With a mission to inspire, educate, and empower the creation of new, experiential and exploratory art form, ARTECHOUSE connects audience to the arts, and stimulates interest in the limitless possibilities of technology, science and creativity.
Dedicated to showcasing experiential and technology driven works by artists who are forerunners of the new age in the arts and technology, ARTECHOUSE changes the world of art as we know it. Since its opening in June 2017 in Washington, DC ARTECHOUSE has welcomed over 400,000 visitors and has captivated a global audience making headlines in New York Times, BBC, USA Today, National Geographic, CNN, Washington Post and numerous other national and international media outlets as the premier contemporary art space.
“Certain things words just cannot describe…they must be seen and experienced… In every city there is a space for fine arts, theater, music, films, etc. Our goal is to create an innovative, new age arts destination dedicated to experiential and exploratory arts that is created at the intersection of art, science and technology,” Sandro, Founder & Art Director of ARTECHOUSE.
The description above was taken from their WEBSITE.
When I saw a sneak peek of the new Future Sketches exhibit by Zach Lieberman I knew it was time we finally went! Thanks to a BYT discount code we snagged daytime tickets for less than $15 per person and selected MLK Day knowing that we both had off and it would be a fun way to spend the morning!
The original plan was to metro to the Mall and walk over, but we didn’t leave enough time so we had to drive from Silver Spring. It wasn’t far or really inconvenient except that parking was $22 for an hour so that stunk big time.
We arrived ten minutes early as requested, but did have some trouble finding the building since its a storefront along Maryland Ave. Thankfully we found it within a couple minutes of really searching and waited in the lobby with our fellow 10 am group. You have to purchase a timed ticket when ordering online, but can stay as long as you’d like. I think getting the earliest time slot was perfect for us because we were able to experience the exhibit without a ton of people around us.
At 10am we were taken down three flights of stairs into the exhibit (what was this space prior to Artechouse?!), given a brief history of the exhibit and explanation of what we were about to experience, hung our coats at the coat check (so appreciative of this!) and went into the exhibit.
The first room was hands down my favorite. Floor to ceiling colors, moving designs and shapes and music that went along with the movement. I could have sat in a bean bag chair and watched the changing display of lights and colors forever. A really cool feature is that the floor is a reflective surface so you truly feel immersed in the designs happening around you.
After that we went into one of the additional space side rooms that held various interactive exhibits. We played around for about 15 minutes and then went back into the main room to lounge in a bean bag chair and take in the art around us.
My overall impression was that it was a unique exhibit and something different from what we normally see. The $15 was a reasonable price for <60 min of exploring, but we wish the parking had been validated or discounted. $55 total for less than a hour was a bit steep. We will be back to see what the next exhibit is, but we might make it into a day trip into the city!