2016 Beakerhead Festival to Come Equipped with Fully Immersive Spaceship

Beakerhead, a spectacular festival where art, science, and engineering collide, has recently made an exciting announcement–they're getting their own spaceship! Thanks to the new Big Bang Residency Program, Beama Visual Environments will create a large-scale engineered artwork called Bass Ship that'll premiere during Beakerhead 2016.

On the Bass Ship, there are no passengers–everyone is a part of the crew. This immersive, fully interactive audio-visual installation explores the idea of non-verbal conversation. “When you step inside the ship, you become a part of an experiment,” Mary Anne Moser, president and co-founder of Beakerhead explains. “You have to coordinate with three other crew members to create a coherent communication.”

Members of the “crew” are guided by visual cues from the ship's switchboards and control panels. Every action by the participants will trigger a sequence of audio, lighting, and video events that'll happen on the ship and simultaneously be shared with the audience (who'll appear as extraterrestrials to the crew).

Bass Ship marks the first year of the Big Bang Residency Program's three-year initiative. It will officially debut on September 14, 2016.

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Beama Visual Environments: Website | Facebook

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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