I am still kicking myself for missing Hirshhorn’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit last summer. So when I came across the creative and quirky Instagram photos from Parallel Universe, on display at Artechouse, I knew I had to jump at the chance to see it. Artechouse, near L’Enfant Plaza, proclaims itself as DC’s first interactive digital art gallery that brings together art, science, and technology. The technology and science piece sets it apart from exhibits typically seen at Hirshhorn or other art galleries but still makes for an immerse experience and creative photos.
Parallel Universe, designed by Turkish art studio Ouchhh!, draws inspiration from science, math, and astrology. The exhibit begins in an enormous room with fast moving lights projected on three walls accompanied by loud, steady music. Guest are invited to enjoy the room from bean bags spread across the floor. Even though the sound is loud, the steady hum of the sound and comfortable seating made it feel like a meditative experience. I could have spent an entire afternoon escaping the world by watching the lights from those bean bags.
There are two other smaller rooms that can be experienced at leisure but don’t miss the 7 minute light show: Orion. This experience feels slightly more intense than the main room because it is smaller and only fits 8 people at a time.
The main room features three giant walls. Lights projected on the walls are accompanied by loud, steady sounds. Enjoy the view from bean bags!
The changing light displays on the walls make a great backdrop for pictures.
Experience the three light exhibits (including the main room) at your leisure but don’t miss the 7 minute light show, Orion.
Parallel Universe will be on display through March 4 but keep an eye for new exhibits about once a quarter. Ages 12+ are invited to the exhibit during the day. After 5:30, the exhibit is 21+ and includes cocktails inspired by the art (for additional purchase). Plus, download the Artechouse app and use it to interact with the exhibits. Timed entry tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children plus the cost of alcoholic drinks. Guests should allow at least an hour to experience the exhibit.
A unique art experience and date night
$15 for adults, $8 for children
Prices may vary for future exhibits.
1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington DC 20024
L’Enfant Plaza (orange, blue, silver, yellow, green) is the closest metro but there is also street and garage parking. You may consider driving in the evening as L’Enfant is primarily a business district and things will get quiet after 5:30.
While you’re in the neighborhood
L’Enfant Plaza has a plethora of of lunch options during the day for the businesses nearby. You’re also close to the Tidal Basin, Holocaust Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum. If you head over during evening hours, grab dinner outside the neighborhood (The Wharf is nearby) as most restaurants will be closed.