Daily Archives: 15 November 2017

“Kingdom of Colors” — Psychedelia at My New Favourite DC Art Space

For maximum effect, enbiggen the video to full screen. Then imagine it covering 270° of the walls in a darkened room three or four stories high.

That’s what you experience at “Kingdom of Colors”, the current art installation at ARTECHOUSE in Washington. It’s the creation of French filmmaker Thomas Blanchard—who was on site when I visited—and artist Oilhack, with a soundtrack by Lyon-based composer Leonardo Villiger.

It’s like being surrounded by a high-tech, high-def, 21st-century version of a classic psychedelic light show.

And it’s absolutely phenomenal!*

ARTECHOUSE–that’s “ART-TECH-HOUSE”—opened in Washington a few months ago. As the name implies, it’s a space that showcases the spectacular possibilities of combining art and technology. “Kingdom of Colors” is ARTECHOUSE’s the third immersive experience. I missed the first one, but posted an item about the second, “Spirit of Autumn”, earlier this month.

“Spirit of Autumn” was highly interactive, with the mobile imagery on the walls and floors responding to the movements and sounds of the visitors. “Kingdom of Colors” is a more passive experience. Large cushions invite viewers to sit or lie on the floor and let the trance-like music and the awesome visuals carry them away.


Just Go with the Flow….

“Kingdom of Colors” is open to anyone over six years old during the day, and lots of children and parents show up. Evenings, when the bar offers wine and mixed drinks, are for people over 21. No smoking of any kind is allowed.

Guests are admitted in small groups, on the hour. There’s no limit on how long you can stay, and for this show, it is very easy to, uh, space out and lose track of time.

“Kingdom of Colors” is only here for a short time. It opened on 10 November 2017 and runs through 26 November 2017. Reservations are absolutely essential. Many of the remaining shows have already sold out.

Highest recommendation.


*It brought back memories of a time long ago, when a friend and I spent most of one summer researching the contrasting perceptual effects of watching the light show from 2001 under the influence of a wide range of pharmaceuticals and herbs.

For Science.

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace — Full Trailer

A couple of weeks ago, I posted five stylish teasers for American Crime Story’s second season, which will deal with The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The first full trailer was released yesterday.

Edgar Ramirez plays the brilliant designer Gianni Versace, who rose from modest beginnings in post-WWII Italy to the heights of creative international high society in the 1980s and 1990s. His circle of friends included Princess Diana, Elton John, and Madonna.

Darren Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the hustler-turned-spree-killer who longed to be part of everything that Versace represented, and left a trail of corpses across four states when he failed.

The casting is strong here. Ramirez and Criss look like the men they’re portraying.

Rounding out the cast are Ricky Martin as Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s long-time romantic and business partner, and Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace.

The first episode of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace is scheduled to be shown on FX on Wednesdays, 17 January 2018.