Positively Philadelphia: New Wonderspaces brings immersive art experience to Fashion District

Lauren Lipton
January 25, 2020 - 5:23 pm
DayDream exhibit

Courtesy of Wonderspaces


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You may have heard about Burning Man, or the Sundance or Tribeca film festivals. Well, now you can enjoy parts of those experiences here in Philadelphia. 

Wonderspaces is a new interactive and immersive art venue in the recently renovated Fashion District.

"It's based out of California, and this is its first location on the East Coast," said General Manager Jenn McCreary. 

She said the Philadelphia exhibit is the largest yet, taking up two floors and 24,000 square feet.

"One of our exhibits is 'Submergence' by Squidsoup, a UK-based arts collective. It is an immersive room of suspended points of light," McCreary described. "There are thousands of individual points of light  that you walk through and as you do, the lights change and the music comes on — it's quite magical."

There's also an installation called "Body Paint" by Memo Atkin. 

"Where you enter the room and a sensor detects the motion of your body and then a projector throws color onto the walls. And so your body basically becomes the paint brush," McCreary said. 

Another piece utilizes virtual reality technology in a dinner party setting. 

"But, instead of food you have a virtual reality headset and a short film starts based on the 1961 account of the first reported UFO abduction in the U.S." 

There are 14 installations in all, and there will be new exhibits every few months.