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Feature photo: Before I Die by Candy Chan, photo by Dara Olayebi
Wonderspaces Philadelphia heads into fall and the holiday season at Fashion District Philadelphia by adding two new extraordinary installations to its show of interactive and experiential artwork. The current collection of global art now includes the most ever pieces, sixteen in total, with the addition of On a Human Scale by Matthew Matthew, Before I Die by Candy Chang and returning favorite Dinner Party by Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler, Angel Soto, Skybound, Ryot & Telexist.
On a Human Scale is a project which unites voices and faces of the world through technology. The project started as an experiment, by filming everyday New Yorkers singing. The individual voices are woven into an interactive instrument which visitors are invited to play, bringing the immersive audio-visual installation to life.
Before I Die is a global participatory public art project that reimagines our relationship with death and with one another in the public realm. Originally created by artist Candy Chang in New Orleans after the death of a loved one, the artwork invites people to reflect and share their personal aspirations in public.
Dinner Party by Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler, and Angel Soto 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 1960s. The film takes the visitor through their abduction journey, which is a remarkably different experience for Betty and Barney.
With the addition of these new pieces, Wonderspaces currently has the largest number of artworks since it arrived in Philadelphia in January 2020, right before the pandemic. The collection has now grown to sixteen installations, which will continue to rotate throughout the year, and also includes member and visitor favorites including Submergence by Squidsoup, Body Paint by Memo Akten and The Last Word by Illegal Art . Wonderspaces continues to be a unique, interactive and socially distanced activity for locals, neighbors and visitors in the heart of Center City.
Select highlights of continuing works include:
Akousmaflore by Scenocosme – Akousmaflore is a hanging garden of living plants that respond to human contact, each reacting in a different way to gentle touch by producing a unique sound, communicating their existence through interactive musicality.
Ferreflection Pool by 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. (opened before the second shut-down)
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.
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.
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.
Wonderspaces Philadelphia also announces the opening of their full bar for the first time since the pandemic shut-down in March of 2020. With the reopening comes the debut of Wonderspaces signature craft cocktails, served in a Wonderspaces souvenir jar. Bar service and the cocktail program are designed to enhance the Wonderspaces experience, and are additional reasons to add Wonderspaces to the top of your list for top date night spots in Philadelphia.
Loosey Goosey – Vodka or Rum, Gooseberry+Marigold, Ginger Beer, Splash of Club Soda $10
Dragon’s Berry – Gin, Dragonfruit+Rosemary, Cranberry Juice, Splash of Club Soda $10
Hibiscus Margarita – Blanco Tequila, Hibiscus+Agave, Splash of Club Soda $10
Lunazul Tequila $9
Four Roses Bourbon $9
Faber Gin $9
Faber Rum $9
Beer & Wine
Lime City Lager – 4% ABV – Made with lime and sea salt for a bright, refreshing taste. Love City Brewing, Philadelphia, PA $6
Unity IPA – 5.5% ABV – An approachable IPA with citrus flavors, low bitterness and a crisp finish. Love City Brewing, $6
Reading Premium Lager – 4.5% ABV – A pre-prohibition classic pale lager, semi-dry and clean with bright carbonation. Sly Fox Brewing Company, Reading, PA $5
Press Blackberry Hibiscus Hard Seltzer – 4% ABV – $6
House Pino Grigio / Cabernet / Rosé $7
Craft Iced Teas – Made with The BASE All Natural Tea Sweeteners and served in a Wonderspaces keepsake jar – Flavors: Hibiscus Agave, Gooseberry Marigold, Dragonfruit Rosemary, Grapefruit Basil $6
La Colombe Draft Latte $4
Hank’s Sodas $3
Acqua Panna Still Water / San Pellegrino Sparkling Water $3
Wonderspaces also starts fall hours to coincide with the openings, with new hours effective immediately for Thursday to Friday, 12:00pm Noon to 10:00pm, Saturday, 10:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday, 10:00am to 8:00pm. Tickets for timed slots are on sale at philadelphia.wonderspaces.com/tickets.
Wonderspaces Philadelphia is located in Center City just two blocks from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and is the west anchor for Philadelphia Fashion District. Entrance from the mall is on street level across from the escalators; street entrance is at 27 North 11th St (11th Street between Market & Filbert Streets).