The story of Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf is being told in a new documentary. It's called Meow Wolf: Origin Story and it opens nationwide in theaters November 29th. Can't wait!
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When a group of young DIY artists in Santa Fe can’t find a door into the art world, they blow open an entirely new portal with their grit, passion, and tenacity. Within just a few short years – and with a little help from George R.R. Martin – this group called Meow Wolf ultimately hits a cultural nerve and garners massive, unexpected success with their exhibit, House of Eternal Return.
The year is early but here's the best news I've seen so far in 2018. Meow Wolf is opening an enormous new "world."
The Santa Fe-based arts collective has been searching for a new city for their second permanent installation and has announced their decision to land next in Denver, Colorado. Their first installation, House of Eternal Return, is a trippy 20,000 sq. ft. immersive space built within a gutted bowling alley. Backed by George RR Martin, over 150 artists created this first "world" which follows a clever and detailed narrative. (I spent two consecutive days there in early October and am already planning a return trip... it was that good.)
Denver's alt-weekly paper Westword reports:
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[They] will announce where they'll build Meow Wolf's first permanent exhibition in a major market. And it's a major project, too: a $50 million, four-story (plus mezzanine), 90,000-square-foot building that will hold 60,000 square feet of exhibitions, three times the size of Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, along with a restaurant, bar and retail and support spaces.
For the past year, Meow Wolf has explored various spots around Denver — the Sports Castle, the old Denver Post plant off I-70. And the winner? A spot right in the gritty heart of Denver, a triangular space created by the Auraria Parkway and the viaducts of Colfax Avenue and Interstate 25, just across the river from Sports Authority Field and close to the Pepsi Center and Elitch Gardens...which is significant, because Meow Wolf's Denver development partner is Revesco Properties, a real estate and management company that's an owner and managing partner in Elitch Gardens.
The Experience Tube is my new favorite thing and yes, despite the wacky infomercial spoof promoting it, it's real.
What IS the Experience Tube?
Well, it's a long, striped fabric tube. One person puts their head in one end and another person puts theirs in the other. The couple then gets to look and interact with each other through mesmerizing confines of the tube.
Officially it's described as a "revolutionary analog device which connects one experience to another."
Using only soft striped fabric and the most sophisticated facial recognition technology ever developed (installed standard in current model human brains) the tube replaces all peripheral distractions with an unbridled visual feast of stripes and laughter! Simply upload a couple of faces into each end and make your own internet, instantaneously! Immediate vivid connection, with no subscriptions, user agreements, invasive advertisements, or spotty service!
The downright delightful creation is the "longtime dream project" of Nicholas Toll, an artist in Santa Fe's Meow Wolf collective. It's available online or in person at Meow Wolf for $24.99.
(I'm actually going to be in Santa Fe this weekend, specifically to experience Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return, and I'm totally buying one!)
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