As lights dance around and transform at the touch of a finger, people immerse themselves into a world of art and technology at the Artechouse.
The Artechouse displays works by upcoming artists through their original and unconventional art and technology. They are frequently through lights and interactive art installations in a digital gallery. Its purpose is to introduce the public to the endless, creative and unique possibilities of art and technology. “With a mission to inspire, educate, and empower the creation of new, experiential and exploratory art form,
Artechouse connects audiences to the arts, and stimulates interest in the limitless possibilities of technology, science and creativity,” according to artechouse.com.
The Artechouse features different exhibits by different artists that cycle out every few months. The most recent exhibit was the Aurora: The Spirit of Northern Lights exhibit, which was a special holiday installation. It lasted from Dec. 7 to Jan. 5. This exhibit included an ice cavern, frosted forests and dancing skies inspired by nature. It spotlighted a northern forest that led to the Northern lights, an atmospheric feeling with a CO2 mist and a focus on the winter elements and “find your light” trees. While in the exhibit, “let the swirling colors of the aurora borealis and the icy chill of winter spark your imagination, and experience the potential of art and technology within this enchanting wonderland,” according to artechouse.com.
This imaginative museum is the perfect activity for a day in D.C. It captivates its audience and provides a new outlook on interesting forms of art. Its innovative and experimental work helps to shape a revolutionary art style that is continuing to be created. Through a visit to the Artechouse, one can discover this type of art and feel as though they are a part of the artwork with a hands-on experience. “It was really cool that it was interactive and I really enjoyed the bar because the coasters projected lights into the drinks,” junior Danielle Berman said.
Students can visit the Artechouse every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a price of $16 for adults aged 15 to 64, $8 for children aged 2-14 and $13 for students, seniors and military. It opened in June 2017 and is located in Southwest Washington D.C. “I thought that it was worth it to go to the Artechouse because the sculptures are really cool and it’s a good place to go with friends and take pictures,” sophomore Emily Levine said.