SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Phew, it is really warming up out there.
If you're looking to get out of the heat and into the air-conditioning -- even for a couple of hours -- walking around one of the Valley's museums can be a great place to do just that.
In June, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art opened its summer exhibition, Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology. It features 12 interactive artworks that people can manipulate through motion cameras, facial recognition, touch, or an app on a cell phone.
Escape the summer heat at SMoCA and explore the organic world with "Aquarium" (2018) by artist Marpi. Interact with movements in front of the piece and tap into the haptic network by downloading the "New Nature" app. https://t.co/0P8Lio7UX6 #freeadmissionthursday #smoca pic.twitter.com/h9bYSSh7rV— SMoCA (@_SMoCA) June 27, 2019
"There’s kind of a little bit of everything for everyone. And you can interact in several different ways with these artworks," said Julie Ganas, curator of programming.
"This exhibition presents the multiple ways in which we, as users, interact with an artwork and the response or output the artwork provides in return. These interactions are meant to get the viewer thinking not only about the traces we leave behind, but the effects we have on technology," read the exhibition's description on the museum's website.
The exhibition will be on display through Oct. 6, 2019.
The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday. Admission is $7-$10. They have free admission on Thursdays and the second Saturday of the month.
THREE ARTWORKS TO CHECK OUT
People can stand in front of Daniel Rozin's Angles Mirror and wave their hands and arms as motion sensors cause dozen of plastic yellow spokes to turn vertical and reflect the movement.
Another one of Rozin's artworks, called "Cracked Mud," is making its debut at the Scottsdale museum. The square-shaped artwork is made out of dozens of ceramic fragments that move up and down as people walk around it.
Thank you to everyone that celebrated our summer opening with us! We can't wait to see you again.— SMoCA (@_SMoCA) June 14, 2019
“Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology” on view through October 6, 2019.
Purring Tiger, “Mizaru,” 2013. Photo David Blakeman pic.twitter.com/ijYq7WXJzI
With this artwork, kids and families can press against and into a large spandex frame. As they do, the designs projected on the screen will change and adapt, and sounds will begin to play.
IF YOU GO
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (through Oct. 6)
Where: 7374 East Second Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Open: Tuesday - Sunday; closed on Monday
Admission: $7-$10; free on Thursdays and second Saturday of the month