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GROOVY GALAXIES: OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD AT SEISMIQUE David Carry's The Color Portal, 2020, at Seismique M ove over, Meow Wolf. As you read this, a one-time Bed Bath & Beyond has unveiled a wonderland that's a mash-up of art, technology, and Houston's newest museum, one devoted to the cult of experience. Escape the Room co-founders Steve Kopelman and Josh Corley launch Seismique, tapping Texas, national, and international talents to reimagine the 40,000-square- foot retail space into 40 immersive chambers billed as galaxies, with the goal of transporting museum-goers into sci-fi fantasy worlds, complete with ancient aliens. Expect environments that channel space as the next frontier: Venus, starring a crocheted giant hammock, envisioned by octogenarian Japanese talent Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, famed for her fiber playscapes; the enchantments of the gardenscape that is Eden; the slightly creepy Specimen; Acid Rain and its illusionist water walls; The Color Portal (the entrance installation crafted by New Orleans artist David Carry, which transports the viewer Wizard of Oz-like from black-and-white into a multiverse of color); and The Hub, Seismique's largest and signature experience, a 70-foot spaceship illuminated by more than a million LEDS. Concocted by Carry, The Hub emits calming bubbles and a blanket of fog, with walls painted by Kai Ussin and Austin Linkinhoker (aka Shokka). Other cool techno treats include projection mapping, holograms, augmented reality, light mapping, motion tracking, and gamification. Note: Pandemic protocol is observed: limited capacity, masks required, contact-free technology, and sanitizing misting systems. Seismique, 2306 S. Highway 6, seismique. com. Catherine D. Anspon ALEX MONTOYA 58

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