WONDERSPACES PHILADELPHIA SET TO REOPEN IN FASHION DISTRICT WITH NEW EXHIBITS, NEW ROBOT ARTISTS AND ALL NEW SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Wonderspaces Philadelphia announces it will reopen this Friday, July 31, 2020 at Fashion District Philadelphia starting at Noon 12:00pm. After a grand opening in January with sold-out crowds until the shut-down in March, Wonderspaces returns to Philadelphia’s art and culture scene with 14 highly immersive and interactive exhibits from artists around the world. Along with popular exhibits that include the glowing Submergence by Squidsoup, the sunrise and sunset of Sun by Phillip Schutte and the colorful Body Paint by Memo Akten, Wonderspaces Philadelphia will debut two new exhibits – including three new “robot” sketch artists. Wonderspaces will also reopen with all new health and safety protocols designed to keep patrons and staff safe during the global pandemic. Wonderspaces is located at 27 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, inside Fashion District Philadelphia. The Philadelphia venue is the only location on the East Coast for the California-based company. For local residents and visitors staying hyperlocal this summer, Wonderspaces Philadelphia offers a unique, interactive and socially distanced activity in the heart of Center City. Masks are required and, to start, only forty visitors will be allowed per hour into the more than 24,000 square foot space – making the unique experience even more personal and intimate. Tickets for Wonderspaces are on sale now at philadelphia.wonderspaces.com/.

“Wonderspaces Philadelphia announces we will reopen our doors in Fashion District Philadelphia this Friday at Noon,” said Wonderspaces President Jason Shin. “Our staff across the country and here in Philadelphia have been working since the early days of the global pandemic to create new protocols to keep our visitors and staff safe and healthy. We are following all local and state health guidelines, and we have taken additional steps on our own to reduce capacity in the space, increase cleaning at key touchpoints, make the exhibit guide and other areas touchless, and of course, we have a new mask-required policy while in our space. We have also worked with artists to ensure that masks and new protocols work in tandem with the interactivity of the exhibits. Last, we are proud to debut two new installations to the Philadelphia community.

Wonderspaces partners with artists from around the world to present art shows that everyone can enjoy as a place to connect with friends and family in a setting welcoming to all.  Its shows bring art from Burning Man, Sundance, and the far corners of the globe to the people who could be enjoying it but who may not otherwise have the opportunity.  And at a time when artists are unable to travel internationally to present their work, Wonderspaces shows are a means for artists to continue to reach new audiences and to be paid for their art.

Shin added, “Presenting fourteen extraordinary works, our show is an opportunity to share new experiences and new conversations with family and friends. We believe providing a safe place to spend quality time with loved ones has never been more important than in the middle of this pandemic.”

The line-up of art for this week’s reopening will include:

NEW: Human Study #1 3RNP, Patrick Tresset – An installation where the human becomes a model and a trio of robots become the artist. In a scene reminiscent of a life drawing class, visitors sit to be sketched from three perspectives by three robots. The 20 minute drawing session becomes a performance for other visitors to observe, and the finished drawings are then displayed and become part of the installation.

NEW: Ferreflection Pool, Mesplé – This exhibit combines real-time video interpolation, microprocessors and 320 electromagnets to create reflective silhouettes of a viewer’s moving body. The fluid is magnetically responsive and puckers into a spike when triggered.

Submergence by Squidsoup – Submergence is an immersive installation comprised of 8,064 individual points of light visitors walk through. The lights continually change colors in correspondence to music. Submergence creates awe-inspiring feelings of movement within physical space.

Blooms by John Edmark – Blooms are 3D-printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The rotational speed and the strobe light frequency are synchronized so that one flash occurs every time the bloom turns 137.5 degrees–the angular version of the golden ratio (0.618…).

Sun by Phillip Schutte – SUN is an interactive installation which empowers visitors to control the movement of the rise and setting of the sun. As the visitor moves the ball, the position of the sun changes the way the light interacts with the atmosphere.

Transition by Mike von Rotz and Joost Jordens – Transition is a virtual reality experience based on the music of Kettel & Secede. A metaphor for death, Transition takes visitors on a journey from one world into the next.

Body Paint by Memo Akten – Playing on our natural instinct to express ourselves through movement and dance, Body Paint interprets our physical gestures into evolving compositions. Body Paint is about interaction experience, captured through this motion and the energy of the body.

Come Together by Michael Murphy – Come Together is a symbol of the power of collectivity. The artwork depicts the raised fist of Michael Murphy’s girlfriend at the Women’s March in early 2017.

The Last Word by Illegal Art – The Last Word is an invitation to share thoughts left unsaid. Thousands of tightly rolled pieces of paper, dyed red on one end and left untouched on the other offer an opportunity to anonymously complete your conversations or explore the unexpressed sentiments of others.

Myrkviðr by Yasuhiro Chida – An illuminated aluminum ring suspended by countless pieces of fishing line. The light from the ring reflects off of the fishing line in an infinite variety of ways depending on the viewer’s position. The artwork has no intended meaning and is instead meant to be experienced in an immediate, purely visual way.

Daydream v2 by NONOTAK Studio – Daydream v2 is an audiovisual installation that distorts space, blurring the lines between what is digital and what is real. The piece transports visitors into a new dimension, making them feel as if they are being teleported into another world.

Dinner Party by Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler, and Angel Soto – Dinner Party is a virtual reality film based on the story of Betty and Barney Hill, the couple who reported the first nationally known UFO abduction case in America in the 1960’s. The film takes the visitor through their abduction journey, which is a remarkably different experience for Betty and Barney.

Sweepers Clock by Maarten Baas – Sweepers Clock is a videotaped performance of two handymen sweeping trash for twelve hours, presenting time in the format of a physical, labor-intensive process. Sweepers Clock is a part of the series of films, Real Time, which are 12-hour performances indicating the time.

Sweet Spot by Shawn Causey and Mark Daniellx – Stop. Stare. Sway. Repeat. Try this near and far. Allow time for the eyes to relax, as if looking through the wall. Move slowly. You may find yourself lost in the moment. You may forget you are looking at string altogether. This is how artists Shawn Causey and Mark Daniell engage with their installation Sweet Spot. It is a meditative, low tech vehicle for an intimate inner dialogue – “What am I seeing?” This work is driven by the artists’ fascination with color theory and optical effect. There is a sense of rhythm that is most effectively experienced in slow motion and in close proximity to the work. – Shawn Causey & Mark Daniell. Sweet Spot is an immersive installation made of 19 miles of multicolor nylon string, strung 12 feet high. Visitors activate the experience by moving; every new perspective reveals color harmonies. The installation brings awareness to the act of seeing and looking.

In order to create a safe environment for our visitors and team, Wonderspaces Philadelphia has implemented comprehensive health and cleanliness protocols consistent with government recommendations. Please note that these protocols may change over time as new guidance from health authorities becomes available. Protocols currently in place for the reopening include:

* Reduced number of visitors: In accordance with state and city guidance, we have reduced our maximum occupancy to 5 people per 1,000 square feet.

* Face coverings required: All visitors and team members are required to wear a face-covering while inside our space at all times. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own face covering. Those who do not have their own will be provided with one at reception. Anyone with a medical condition prohibiting the use of a face covering will be provided with a face shield at reception. Anyone refusing to use a face covering or face shield will be asked to leave the show.

* Social distancing: Our show will be designed around social distancing, and include the following measures:
Face-to-face interactions between visitors and our team will be limited to our reception where there are plexiglass barriers.
Groups will be spaced 6 feet apart in all lines, seatings, and exhibits.
All furniture and common spaces will be spread out.
We will provide a suggested directional flow through our space.
Our employees will observe social distancing when working in the space or meeting with other team members.

* Hand sanitizer stations: Hand sanitizer will be made available to all visitors at reception and wherever the visitor is presented with an opportunity to touch artwork.

* Temperature and symptoms check: All visitors and team members will check their temperature before entering the show. Anyone who registers a body temperature greater than 100.4 will be denied entrance. Team members feeling unwell or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home. Visitors feeling unwell or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms may reschedule for another day or have their tickets refunded.

* Frequent cleaning: We regularly sanitize all surfaces frequently touched by the team and public.

* Tickets sold online only: All tickets will be sold either online in advance or, to accommodate walk-up visitors, at our cashless kiosk outside our front door.

* No cash.  All transactions are credit- or debit-card only.

* Reduced touchpoints:

Visitors can opt to use their own phones instead of touching our screens to submit liability waivers or to submit feedback.

Our bag and coat check will be temporarily closed.

* No group discounts: We have temporarily suspended group discounts to discourage groups of 10 or more visiting together.

Shin said, “We will continue to pay close attention to the recommendations of government authorities and will amend these policies as new information becomes available. Our goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment in which all visitors can enjoy extraordinary art.”

Wonderspaces Philadelphia is the third location to open its doors since winter. The staff and team in Philadelphia have benefited from protocols put in place already with the reopening of the location in Scottsdale, Arizona and the grand opening of the new Wonderspaces in Austin, Texas. In Philadelphia, Wonderspaces has gone above and beyond what health officials have called for out of an abundance of caution for the health and well being of patrons and staff.

Wonderspaces unique art experience is located in the heart of Fashion District Philadelphia – a new shopping concept that blends together entertainment and art, and features an existing $1 million in commissioned artwork.

For art lovers looking to have unlimited visits to Wonderspaces, receive early access to new shows and installations, obtain discounts for their guests, and complementary and discounted items at the gift shop can opt for an annual membership to Wonderspaces. Memberships can be purchased for individual use or as a gift at the Wonderspaces box office.

Tickets, memberships and health/safety information are available at Wonderspaces Philadelphia’s website, at https://philadelphia.wonderspaces.com/.

For any further questions, please email Wonderspaces at hello-phl@wonderspaces.com.

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