It was a summer of immersion, and the immersive event of the year is finally here: David Byrne’s long-awaited Theater of the mind is now at York Street Yards.
However, other immersive events continue, and there is still much to look forward to. Grande Experiences, at the origin of the immersive exhibition Van Gogh Living (not to be confused with Lighthouse Art Space’s Immersive Van Gogh), announced the opening of a permanent immersive exhibition on popular surrealist artist Salvador Dali at Stanley Marketplace. living dali makes its Lume debut on October 21; tickets are available now. And tickets are also on sale for Denver Immersive Gathering DIG 2022, a major conference for immersive artists and fans taking place November 4-6. Get more information about this event here. And Meow Wolf Denver will celebrate its first anniversary with a big party on September 17.
In the meantime, here are ten ways to immerse yourself in art right now:
Theater of the mind
Until December 18
York Street Course, 3887 Steele Street
David Byrne of Talking Heads fame and writer Mala Gaonkar co-created this immersive neuroscience-inspired show, which has been highly anticipated since its original dates were postponed due to COVID. The 15,000-square-foot facility will interact with each of your senses as you follow a guide, who will “question how beliefs, memories, and even our identities are less set in stone than we think,” according to the site. website. Prepare for a mind-blowing experience, as it also warns: “Warning: the brain can wander. Side effects may include distrust of your own senses, self-disorientation and a mild to severe good time. You you may not be who you think you are. But we’re all in this together.” Tickets are $55 and up.
Immersive Van Gogh
Lighthouse Art Space, 3900 Elati Street
This Lighthouse Immersive show which premiered last October was so successful that it has been extended, now for the second time, until November. See Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works pixelated and splashed across the walls to music composed especially for the exhibition. The entire show is designed by David Korins, who is best known for his sets for Broadway hits such as hamilton and Expensive Evan Hansen. Tickets start at $39.99.
Immersive King Tut: magical journey to light
Lighthouse Art Space, 3900 Elati Street
One can’t help but notice that Lighthouse Immersive has a thing for showcasing dead people who can’t comment on its exhibits. But this time, the subject is not an artist: amateur Egyptologists will be delighted to see that the experiment focuses on King Tut. The visuals in this exhibition feature the Amduat, a religious funerary papyrus also known as the Book of the Hidden Chamber, which is considered the oldest illustrated text. Follow King Tut’s passage through the afterlife as he journeys to bring his people “eternal light and prosperity.” Tickets cost between $29.99 and $35.
Novo Ita: the feast of the spirit
Until September 30
Spectra Art Space, 1836 South Broadway
Spectra Art Space’s immersive, narrative-driven exhibition takes visitors into the world of Novo Ita, a lush city of psychedelic and botanically inspired art. Filling multiple venues, Spectra enlisted local artists whose work can also be seen in Meow Wolf’s Convergence station, as well as guest artist Marina Fini, whose work can be seen at the Santa Fe and Las Vegas locations of Meow Wolf. Featuring tactile puzzles as well as augmented reality experiences, visitors will uncover the story behind the solar-punk inspired city. As the gallery puts it, “It’s so much more than a selfie museum.” Tickets are $20.
Saturday, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Lumonics Light and Sound Gallery, 800 East 73rd Avenue
Art collective Lumonics began delivering immersive experiences decades ago, long before the immersive concept was leveraged by companies who realized it was the perfect way to capitalize on influencers using the iPhone. Lumonics Light and Sound Gallery, dedicated to the light sculptures of the late Mel and Dorothy Tanner, now offers weekly editions of Lumonics Immersed, an event designed to bring healing as the sculptures’ glowing lights vibrate to ethereal music produced by Dorothy and composer Marc Billard, creative director of the Lumonics studio. “Dorothy used to call it a vacation from yourself,” said Barry Raphael, the gallery’s archivist. Westword Last year. Tickets are $20.
Electric game box
Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
825 Albion Street
An immersive gaming experience awaits you at Electric Gamebox. Upon reservation, up to six people can play “hypnotic games (created by its in-house game studio) in interactive digital smart rooms or “Gamebox” game pods. You can travel to Mars and play games- quizzes with aliens, hunting spies in the Psychedelic Mansion, or testing your memory in the Tip-Tap Memory Challenge,” according to its press release. Electric Gamebox has also partnered with Rovio Entertainment to bring an immersive version of Angry Birds to its arcades, where you can experience the popular mobile game like never before. Players wear motion tracking sensors and use touchscreens that turn Angry Birds into a collaborative, friendly competition. General admission tickets are $24.99 for thirty minutes of play and $34.99 for sixty minutes; junior tickets (eleven and under) are $19.99 and $29.99.