If you’re an avid reader of my blog you know that I’ve been to a number of Art Soiree events , so when I heard that the creative minds behind Art Soiree found a permanent home in DC I was elevated. The location used to be an old theater and was abandoned for 25 years before Tatiana Pastukhova and Sandro Kerasa transformed the space. Tatianna and Sandro opened an innovated gallery called Artechouse. Artechouse first exhibit is XYZT: Abstract Landscapes, which is innovative, unique, interactive and fun. They definitely arrived on the DC art scene with a big bang. I’m a huge art lover and I have been to a number of exhibits, so I can honestly say that I have never been to an exhibit like XYZT before. The name of the exhibit is kind of odd but makes complete sense once you get the backstory of what the exhibit is about.
Pertinent Information: Artechouse is located at 1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington DC 20024 right next door to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. A parking garage is located right beside the gallery and we paid $10 for an hour. The exhibit is on view June 1 through September 3rd with Daytime (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and Evening (5:30p.m.-10p.m.) admissions. The evening admission is for adults 21 + since liquor will be available. Tickets are $25 and are totally worth it. I promise you won’t experience this kind of exhibit anywhere else.
XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is an installation by French contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B. Adrien and Claire combined technology and creativity to bring to life an interactive experience. The exhibit is a result of research on the sensory relationship between the human body and digital objects in motion. The exhibit is a journey through ten installations, defined by their coordinates: X (horizontal) Y (vertical) Z (depth) and T (time) (see told you the name would make sense after further explanation).Patrons are encouraged to touch and interact with each different station.
I got the opportunity to attend the media preview of the exhibit a day before it was opened to the public. It was pretty cool that the owners were there and interacted with the guests. Once I got to the main space where the exhibit is located they had champagne and hors d'oeuvres on deck. The exhibit smartly utilizes every square inch of the space even a mundane hallway was used for an interactive walkway. The exhibit encourages one to have fun with it and it is pretty hard not to unless you’re the Grinch. Each station seemed surreal and as I mentioned before very interactive.
The exhibit utilizes your sense of touch, sight, and hearing. At each station, there is a headphone that provides additional information on the piece and instructions on how to interact with it. I would recommend not overlooking the listening aspect because it is easy to assume that the piece is linear when it isn’t. I made that mistake at one station and quickly learned from that mistake. It goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and highly recommend visiting. I also recommend, going sooner rather later before the rest of the DMV finds out about this little gem. If you do, I would love to hear about your experience.