Immersive art center, Superblue, opens in Miami on May 20
If after the last year we long for something – apart from all human contact – then it is art. We talk about real, creative work that takes us from our sofas into spaces where we can see, touch and feel things. Fortunately for Miami, a place where you can do all that and more is coming our way.
Superblue Miami, the long-awaited immersive art experience dedicated to the production of experience media, will finally open on May 20th. The Allappattah institution, which has been under construction for almost two years, is debuting with an opening program entitled “With a new immersive environment by set designer Es Devlin, a transcendent digital experience by Japanese art collective teamLab, and a supernatural light-based work by American artist James Turrell. Meadow, a kinetic installation by the Amsterdam artist studio DRIFT can also be seen in the main lobby area of Superblue.
Photo: Oriol Tarridas
The huge 50,000 square foot space is unlike any other cultural institution you’ve seen before. Stepping into the large format works feels a bit like stepping into a Disney World attraction, except your mind goes on a journey. James Turrell’s AKHU, for example, the only work in which photography is not allowed, uses the German Ganzfeld effect to induce sensory deprivation. Once in the monochrome lightbox, space and dimensions dissolve, making you feel disoriented. Something similar happens in teamLabs Massless Clouds Between Sculpture and Life, which blurs the boundaries between art, space and participants. Visitors are the sculpture – in this case blissful adults in raincoats striding through a huge, foam-filled room. Devlin’s Forest of Us begins as a film before moving on to a maze of mirrors intended as a metaphor for the things that hold our gaze and cause us to lose the symbiotic connection with the rest of the biosphere. A word of caution: going in a mirror is inevitable (at least for this writer).
Plans for the introduction of educational programs and workshops as well as the Blue Rider Café are in the works for this summer. Superblue Miami is located at 1101 NW 23rd Street in Allapattah, across from the Rubell Museum. Tickets are on sale now and cost between $ 32 and $ 36, with an optional $ 10 adult add-on from teamLabs Massless Clouds Between Sculpture and Life. Below is a snapshot of what to expect inside.
Photo: Andrea MoraEs Devlin, Forest of Us, 2021. Installation view of Every Wall is a Door, Superblue Miami, 2021.Photo: Courtesy Pace GalleryteamLab, Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries, 2017. Sound: Hideaki Takahashi.Installation view of Every Wall is a Door, Superblue Miami, 2021. Sound: Hideaki Takahashi.Photo: Courtesy Pace GalleryteamLab, Massless Clouds Between Sculpture and Life, 2020. Installation view of Every Wall is a Door, Superblue Miami, 2021. Sound: teamLab.