The world of art is turning into more and more of a world, as immersive concepts take the fore. Installation art has been a part of the art world for a very long time, but over the last decade or so the distinction between immersive theater, art, and art installations has been blurred more and more. The work of Tomás Saraceno is part of this direction, currently on display in a 17,000 space in New York City. Here’s more from ArtNet:
Ever wondered what it would be like to live the life of a spider? For eight minutes at a time, visitors to the Shed in Manhattan can climb onto a giant trapeze-like installation that simulates the vibrations of a spider spinning its web underneath you. A soundtrack plays in the background featuring the amplified sounds of spiders communicating with one another and moving in their surroundings.
The experience is the main feature of “Tomás Saraceno: Particular Matter(s),” the artist and activist’s largest U.S.-based exhibition, on view through April 17. The installation, commissioned by the Shed and titled Free the Air: How to hear the universe in a spider/web, extends across the entire 17,000-square-foot McCourt space, with other works by the artist taking over the second- and fourth-level galleries.
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