Teknopolis takes over the BAM Fisher Building once again, transforming it into an four-floor showcase of digital-inspired installations, VR experiences, and interactive displays.
The Fishman Space will present NYC premieres of eight motion-based and touch-based interactive installations by San Francisco-based artists Marpi and ecco screen. Marpi’s Binary Garden populates six large touchscreens with faceless digital tiles which respond to the user’s touch and voice. The balcony of the Fishman Space will feature Light Orchestra, a cascading interactive wall of 1,250 full-color LEDs stretching 20 feet from the ceiling.
The Fisher Lower Lobby will feature two installations: a live-capture film installation from the Netherlands and an interactive musical wall from Montreal. Storymaker by Cinekid will allow participants to become both director and actor in their own interactive live action and animated short film.
The Hillman Studio will house interactive VR experiences, including Life of Us, a VR experience of life on earth over the last billion years; Tree, a multi-sensory experience that transforms a participant into a rainforest tree; and Mindshow, a VR performance environment where participants bring 3D cartoon characters to life.
The enclosed Fisher Rooftop will host a new showcase area this year, dedicated to 360° interactive films, music apps, and augmented reality books. 360° films include ASTEROIDS!, the out-of-this-world follow-up to the Emmy award-winning INVASION! by Baobab Studios and Buggy Night, where Google Spotlight Studios brings you into the nocturnal world of singing bugs.
The Make Music Bar will include app-based music composition tools such as Specdrums, app-connected rings that turn the world’s colors into sound; Auxy 2.0, a fun array of contemporary synths and percussion instruments; and Musyc, which lets the creator turn shapes and drawings into musical compositions.
The Augmented Reality Story Corner showcases innovative children’s literature that allows readers to enter the world of a story through the use of a tablet or mobile device.
Tickets go on sale on January 18 (and on January 11 for BAM members). Your ticket is a timed entry: 90 minutes for daytime slots; 2 hours for evening. Kids must be 6 years old or older to attend. Note: Tickets sold out last year.
Read our full review from the 2017 debut of Teknopolis to see a quick video of the experience.