It has been just over a year that Artechouse opened its doors. Now, after elegance of XYZT, whimsy of Cherry Blossoms, high drama of Parallel Universe, New Mexico expansions, 100s of throusands of visitors and a lot of firsts, Fractal Worlds by Julius Horsthius lands in Washington DC.
And it is just what you needed this summer.
Fractal Worlds is Artechouse’s first immersive exhibition that that bridges the gap between the real and virtual world. Horsthius, who has worked with everyone from Kenneth Lonergan to Odesza in his rule-setting-and-breaking career, considers his work “a journey of discovery” and we, as audiences, are invited to step inside these new, fractal realities.
The results, accompanied by an original score, are both cinematic in their visual scope, and operatic in their approach: cities emerge from space ships, bottoms of ocean turn into jungles, at any point in time anything can happen and feel as if they reach what our imagination is capable of.
When Horsthius explains his process, it becomes clear that he IS transceding human imagination: “The worlds I create aren’t designed – they don’t come from imagination or experience. The shapes hide in the fractal formulas. They exist in a mathematical reality, and all I do is explore those worlds and make them reveal themselves”, Julius Horsthuis.
In this fractal world, he operates as a director of photography, sharing these stories in the most compelling way. If this heat, humidity, news, life have you wanting to run away somewhere – run away here.
Just make sure you plan some time around it: the solo exhibition includes 20 mins immersive experience projected over ARTECHOUSE’s state of the art 270 degree projection walls as well as 8 (eight) different VR experiences for visitors to explore (as well, of course, the brand new AR cocktails program)
Fractal Worlds opens today, July 7th – details and tickets here. Don’t miss it.