Artechouse’s ‘New Nature’ Exhibit in DC Gives a High-Tech Look at the Outdoors

An interactive art exhibition at the Southwest D.C. gallery Artechouse takes an unusual look at plants, insects, planets and more. Here's a look at the highly Instagrammable exhibit.

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A new take on nature has made its way to D.C.
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New Nature, which is on display at Artechouse through Jan. 13, lets visitors interact with unique creatures using real-time movement and interactive technology.
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The creatures, plants and insects react to your movement and gestures through the Artechouse app, incorporating computer learning, responsive technology and music.
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Marpi, the Polish born, San Francisco artist behind the exhibit, was inspired to create the work of art through his own experience and love for gaming technology such as Super Mario Brothers.
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This is his first large-scale solo exhibition.
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There are four rooms to explore, including an LED kelp forest and 13 interactive terrarium stations.
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People of all ages are able to interact with the forever-morphing creatures.
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"I try to make things that are inclusive — and I think they should be. Interaction should be as natural as possible, the digital experience as real as any other. You’re being transported to a new environment, and you’re free. There’s no wrong move," digital artist Marpi said in a statement.
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The shapes of the creatures and colors also are forever-changing.
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This snake-like creature slithers along with you as you make your way into the next room.
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Visitors will be able to get up close and personal at each of the stations in the terrarium room.
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The creatures are calm and cool until "disrupted" by your hand movements.
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Here's a close-up view.
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“You have to be playful to find something creative," Marpi said in a statement.
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Here's another view of the snake-inspired creature following a walking visitor.
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During evening hours, visitors are able to bring their cocktails to life through augmented reality.
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Each photo you snap while visiting is certain to be unique.
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What would you name this creature?
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What about this monster-looking one?
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Be prepared. As soon as you walk in the LED kelp room, the creatures will light up and react to you.
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Artechouse is located at 1238 Maryland Ave. SW. Go here for exhibit hours and ticket details. Don't forget to tag NBCWashington in your photos when you visit.
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