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Washington DC: Artechouse Tour - New Nature

  • Artechouse 1238 Maryland Avenue Southwest Washington, DC, 20024 United States (map)

Join Techers as we tour the Artechouse; an innovative art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and technology driven works by artists who are forerunners of the new age in the arts and technology. The exhibit is New Nature, a digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life. After the tour, we'll meet at the Empress Lounge of the Mandarin Oriental to talk about the exhibit.

Only 20 tickets available. RSVP purchase tickets December 21st.

Tickets:

General Admission - $15.00
Students, (Seniors 65+), & Military ID holders - $12.00
Children 2 - 14 - $8.00

Be sure to bring a fully charged phone or an extra battery pack for the augmented reality bar. Contact Susan Chen at zwschen@gmail.com or 240.671.6656 if oyu need to coordinate transportation.

New Nature

Step into a colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life that will react in real-time to your gestures and actions. 

New Nature by Marpi, the latest interactive art exhibition at ARTECHOUSE, explores our organic world through an immersive audio-visual experience, incorporating computer learning (A.I.), responsive technology, and music. Driven by your sensory movements, the multi-user artworks create real-time generative patterns, forming a virtual terrarium of insects, plants, creatures, landscapes, planets, and more, all in different shapes and sizes. These ever-evolving worlds morph and melt over time, reacting to people throughout the space. Marpi’s work harnesses the power of cutting-edge digital tools to offer new ways of interpreting the ecosystems and organic processes all around us.

New Nature is  the first large-scale solo exhibition for renowned technologist and digital artist Mateusz “Marpi” Marcinowski. The artist bases his experience on early gaming platforms that delighted children with their joyfulness such as Tamagotchi and Super Mario Brothers. Taking the gaming’s MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) platform and combining it with organically-inspired virtual worlds, he creates interactive installation art where anyone and everyone can participate. 

I think people are ready to use technology in more abstract, interesting, and complicated ways,” says the artist of his practice. “You have to be playful to find something creative.

ARTECHOUSE is delighted to present New Nature, an exhibition which furthers its mission to foster the creation of new, experiential art forms, as well as its commitment to showcasing the work of thought-leaders in the interdisciplinary possibilities of art, science, and technology..

About the Artist

MAPRI

"I try to make things that are inclusive—and I think they should be. Interaction should be as natural as possible, the digital experience as real as any other—you’re being transported to a new environment, and you’re free—there’s no wrong move." -Marpi

Marpi is a Polish born, San Francisco based digital artist. His creative work revolves around building 3D worlds, creating immersive AR, Virtual Reality experiences, Interactive Art events, and storytelling in style and difference. Currently he is working with Obscura as Director of Web and Experiential Design, previously working on projects for clients including Disney, Google, Magic Leap, and Adobe. His artwork has exhibited internationally including ArtFutura Roma, Contemporary Istanbul, Burning Man and Oregon Eclipse, has been publicly and professionally recognized, receiving nominations and winning several awards including Golden Lions, SXSW Interactive and .NET Magazine site of the year.

Central to Marpi’s work is its accessibility; his creations are interactive, scalable, and multiplatform, giving anyone—from children to adults and seniors—the ability to shape them. By building windows into different dimensions, Marpi provides an empty canvas where the art does not exist until people create it.

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