This completely new art environment continues ahha’s tradition of large-scale, semi-permanent, interactive art. When you visit THE EXPERIENCE: IMAGINE, you will explore zones designed and built by one of six Tulsa-based artists. Each has different interactive elements. What will you discover? Ahha is limiting admission during the pandemic, and THE EXPERIENCE is included with regular admission. Advance tickets recommened.
Explore THE EXPERIENCE: IMAGINE online! This virtual tour includes behind the scenes photos, stories, and more!
Together is a collaborative interactive installation that combines sculpture, animation, music and light. The piece can be controlled by up to four people through a series of control panels. The control panels use buttons to trigger synchronized music and animation sequences. Depending on the combination of buttons pushed, a new song and visual composition is created. The goal of Together is to encourage the connection that happens between people when they collaborate successfully.
Woo is a sensory forward experience based on the feeling of euphoria.
Woo presents environment that’s highly-stylized with saturated colors, flat shapes and ethereal sounds, it lives and breathes through oddly familiar sculptures and other-worldly animations. Lights guide a path, while sounds build three distinct atmospheres. As Woo progresses, its landscape drifts further from being recognizably human, but closer to a resolution.
Inspired by the stories that the woods have to tell, Grow is an immersive indoor installation that transports the viewer outside. Everyone is invited to participate in creating layers of lichen, ensuring that no two moments in the space are the same. Similar to the way nature is always growing and changing, so too will this installation. As time moves from dusk to dawn and back again, discover the flora and fauna of the forest at night.
Do you know how much data you generate on a daily basis?
Do you know who has access to your data?
Do you know how your data is used?
Data Miner does!
Data Miner is a visual representation of the ways in which your data is mined and used by corporations (often without your knowledge or consent) to create an accurate psychological profile of the real you. These corporations collect and use your data to predict and manipulate your every move, thought, need, and desire – often before you even realize those desires yourself.
Which bag will perfectly compliment the dress you just bought?
Who at this party would you have the best conversation with?
Who should you marry?
For whom should you vote?
These are a few of the many questions your data is collected and mined to answer.
What will you share with Data Miner without evening realizing your data has been mined? Data Miner loves nothing more than getting to know you.
Remember: to enter is to consent.
[[Disclaimer: terms and conditions apply. Results of data collection are not accessible to the general public. ]]
Science and nature can sometimes be a dangerous combination; the result can be one of beauty or of terror. Just because a thing can be done, should it? Enter the Tempest and judge for yourself. See the universe through the eyes of Prota Tooru, the solitary resident of the Tempest space station module. Investigate the chilling story of the Splicer experiments that led to an intergalactic revolution. Learn the ancient origins of the alien species that started it all. This exhibit will be accompanied by a companion Youtube Series entitled Parallax, Series 1 coming in 2022 from Junkyard Energy.
Humanity has always been a reactive species, pushing our problems onto the next generation. We have always taken far more from the Earth than we have ever given back. We have neglected the sustainable resource management and proactive policies needed for ecological homeostasis. The Earth can no longer provide and our options are limited. Humanity must abandon its home. Immerse yourself in the journey of The Eviction and its search for a new place to call home. Journey through black hole solar system; enter a wormhole and maintain faster than light propulsion systems; explore new dimensions and galaxies; and discover new planets while terraforming them.
Andy Arkley is a visual artist, musician and animator and who often combines these disciplines in his work. At the core of his practice is an emphasis on making work that is collaborative, focusing on the connection that happens between people when they collaborate successfully. He strives to create work that is inclusive and invokes elation. Andy’s work has been shown at the wndr museum in Chicago, the Bellevue Arts Museum, MadArt Studio, Bumbershoot and Pictoplasma. He has a BA from The Evergreen State College where he studied animation and electronic music. He has received awards from 4Culture and Artist Trust. He is a member of the sound collage duo The Bran Flakes, and was also a founder of the art team LET’S (now inactive). He is married to the artist Julie Alpert, who is a current fellow at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.
Justice David Gutierrez is an artist recently relocated to Tulsa from Oklahoma’s big brother to the south, Texas. He has released many short films, music videos and art goods through an art studio and online shop called Warm Bubblegum. He earned a BA in Graphic Design from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where he focused on animation, illustration, and art direction. Justice’s work is often a mashup of his interests in writing, music, goofs and/or gags (humor) and new technologies. During the day, he raises two growing pugs.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Katherine Hair received her BFA in printmaking in 2007 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited and is included in private and public collections nationally and internationally. Inspired by nature, Hair explores engaging the viewer with imagery that evokes nostalgia and wonder. Many of her current works are paintings but more recently she has begun experimenting with the manipulation of space and has a continued interest in viewer participation. Hair currently lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois.
Alton Markham’s art is about exploring the simulation of experience, the elusive nature of authenticity and the internal reconciliations we make between those two. To Alton, art is glimpsing something about humanity, investigating it, sharing it, highlighting it, inviting people to think about it and then question the way that they think about it. Art is meant to shake things up; to brush aside settled dust and uncover hidden gems of understanding. It creates depth, awareness and complexity in anyone who dares give themselves to it.
Emily Simonds is a Tulsa based mixed media installation artist and writer who loves to take art to the next level through engineering and interactivity. She strives to blend elegant engineering solutions seamlessly into interactive art installations, challenging her audience to think deeper about the world around them. Since 2009, she has worked with a variety of techniques ranging from airbrush and thermoplastic heat-forming to welding and 3D printing. Specializing in the use of unconventional materials, Emily is inspired by the problems she sees people face in everyday life, and endeavors to bring elements of fantasy and wonder to the solutions.
John White is a Tulsa local and native. He is a technology teacher, robotics coach, drone racer, and mixed media artist who incorporates the technical skills that he teaches in his classroom such as CNC machining, 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, and programming with his art. He strives to create engaging, innovative, and interactive designs, sculptures, and installations that reach his audience. John loves to give back to his community through both knowledge and art. He wants to inspire others to share their passions and unique talents with their community, whatever they may be.
Thank you to all of the individuals, organizations, and businesses that helped make THE EXPERIENCE: IMAGINE possible:
Christoper Murphy Designs
Lauren Teague Collins
Krista Beth Dudley
Fab Lab Tulsa
Five Star Painting
Buddy R. Lewis
Dr. Amber Litwack
Sherwin Miller Paint, Brookside
Hillary Parkhurst Sutton
THE EXPERIENCE relies on support from the community to come to life. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Development Director Hillary Sutton for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-584-3333.