Arriving in the UK this February is The Psychedelic Funhouse, an immersive event of kaleidoscopic proportions. Launching at London’s Islington Metal Works, we take a look at what visitors can expect from the four-hour experience.
Following their sold out events in Budapest, The Psychedelic Funhouse is coming to the UK for a 13-date tour, visiting the likes of London, Birmingham and Manchester.
For over 18s, The Psychedelic Funhouse will transport you into an altered reality. Through vibrantly designed themed rooms like ‘Gnome Man’s Land’ and psychedelically decorated walkways, you’ll come into contact with curious elements, from live performers to UV face painting before you enter into a club area with DJs playing house, trance and drum & bass.
‘We wanted to come up with a brand-new event concept that bridged the gap between a total immersive event and a club night,’ said Nathan Reed, founder of The Psychedelic Funhouse. ‘The main attractions of The Psychedelic Funhouse are the trippy worlds that people will make their way through over four hours, before ending up in a club-style environment. On the journey they’ll be met with many weird and wonderful surprises along the way!’
Events that engage the audience in unexpected and unconventional ways have started to become commonplace in venues and museums around the world.
What started as low-budget and low-attendance events have developed into impressive productions. From Punchdrunk’s mysterious and immersive theatrical performances and all-encompassing film screenings by Secret Cinema in abandoned locations to art installations that transport you to fictional realms by artists including Mike Nelson, John Bock, Katharina Grosse, Christoph Büchel, and Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe.
From explorations in the latest technology that include Moment Factory’s illuminated project, Aura, at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica, Taiwanese artist Hsin-Chien Huang’s award-winning virtual reality installation and teamLab’s extraordinarily complex digital interventions to more simple interactive artworks at biennials, the audience’s encounter or creation of a happening has become de rigueur.
So step inside the hallucinatory environment that is The Psychedelic Funhouse for a once in a lifetime adventure.
The Psychedelic Funhouse is at The Islington Metal Works, 7 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ on February 16, 2018 at 6pm–10pm and 11pm–3am; February 17, 2018 at noon–4pm and 5pm–9pm, before touring the rest of the UK. Tickets £18.99–£24. See tour details here.
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