SMOCA features Infinity with new tech exhibit

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The Infinity Room is an immersive environment and is measured to be 12 ft by 12 ft.(Source: Refik Anadol) The Infinity Room is an immersive environment and is measured to be 12 ft by 12 ft.(Source: Refik Anadol)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Step inside The Infinity Room. Your four-minute experience will have you questioning self and space.

In this immersive installation by Turkish-born, Los Angeles-based artist Refik Anadol, museum guests will step into a mirrored room that uses light, sound and technology to create a three-dimensional kinetic and architectonic space.

The installation uses projection mapping to create a constantly changing virtual landscape — an imagined environment that attempts to merge the space between the physical and the virtual.

The work is as experiential as it is thought provoking; the resulting experiment invites viewers to question their own perception of place and self.

The Infinity Room is part of Anadol’s ongoing research that he calls “Temporary Immersive Environment Experiments,” which refer to the state of consciousness known as immersion. Typically occurring in virtual or artificial environments, the viewer’s awareness of his or her own physical self is temporarily transformed. 

The installation was originally presented in collaboration with the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, and has since traveled around the world before stopping in Arizona.

The Infinity Room is one of three exhibitions this summer at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art that aim to engage visitors of all ages. The other experiences include "Wild Thing: Adventures with the Permanent Collection" and "Lydia Okumura: Situations."

“From the analog to the digital, we hope to capture the imagination of every visitor through a wide array of artistic styles and approaches,” SMoCA Acting Director Jennifer McCabe said. “SMoCA is proud of its commitment to local, regional and international artists and that is exactly what we have on view this summer.”

The Infinity Room will be on exhibit until Sept. 30.

Patrons can visit the exhibit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The experience will cost $10 per person for admission to the museum.

For more information, visit https://smoca.org/

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