ARTECHOUSE’s latest show, “Fractal Worlds,” is like something you have never seen before.
ARTECHOUSE is an innovative art space that connects the arts with the limitless possibilities of technology, science and creativity. There is more than meets the eye in mathematics and infinite geometry patterns. In this solo exhibit, Dutch visual artist Julius Horsthuis uses unique fractal reality to create sci-fi like worlds in visual graphic motion. He considers his art “a journey of discovery,” not coming from imagination or experience but through the shapes hidden in the fractal formulas.
In this immersive experience, visitors can enjoy a 20-minute film of mind-bending images with accompanying sound on 270-degree projection walls, while laying back on bean bags to comfortably shift their view in all directions.
There is also a gallery of eight different Virtual Reality experiences for visitors to explore. Those who get dizzy at heights or depths should be aware that this is fully immersive, as it only takes a moment after donning the goggles to be plunged into viewing other spectacular worlds as if you were really there.
No understanding of the math or science is required – only curiosity to enjoy the wonder of it all.
“Fractal Worlds” shows through September 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for all ages, and 5:30 – 10/11:00 p.m. for ages 21+. Evening and weekend admission includes an operating bar with ARTECHOUSE’s Augmented Reality drinks. Tickets range from $8 – $15, and can be reserved in advance at artechouse.com/tickets. ARTECHOUSE is located between the Smithsonian and L’Enfant Plaza metro stations at 1238 Maryland Ave. SW, next door to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
BY Sheila Wickouski