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Electric Playhouse collaborates with the ABQ artist to create interactive works inspired by nature

Albuquerque artist Lea Anderson created the artwork behind “Microdose: An Immersive Art Experience” at Electric Playhouse. (Courtesy of Reece Martinez)

Lea Anderson is used to creating mixed techniques and art installations.

Often his creations are static.

The Albuquerque-based artist collaborated with Electric Playhouse to create “Microdose: An Immersive Art Experience”.

“Microdose” opens at 6pm on Friday 8 July. It will take place at 7pm from Tuesday to August 30th.

Anderson worked on the project for a year and a half with Electric Playhouse.

What the two have created is a colorful world inspired by nature.

In the first room, Anderson created a jellyfish-like creature.

Lea Anderson created the art behind the interactive exhibit called “Microdose”. (Courtesy of Reece Martinez)

Ben Matthews, Electric Playhouse co-founder and software developer, coded them to be interactive.

“They feel and look like jellyfish, but they’re not,” Anderson says. “Ben and I played with the idea. He created some that move very fast and others just move slowly. We talked about what worked for a particular environment. “

Anderson has lived and worked in New Mexico since 2003 and has discovered a lot during his adventures in the dramatic, colorful and wild desert environment.

Often working in multiples and accumulations, each piece of installation or body of work cultivates shapes and patterns that suggest complex biological characteristics and can be compared to botanical material, fungi, ocean life or microbes. Repetitive patterns intertwine with unique and irregular components, creating a dynamic interaction that echoes living systems.

While creating his original pieces, Anderson then photographed the pieces and sent them to Matthews to bring them to life.

Matthews then worked to understand color and how to augment the art style without compromising the original.

Anderson says working together was an added bonus to the project.

“I was completely involved in the process and it’s such an interesting concept,” she says, “It’s one thing for an artist to be an electronic artist. I think Electric Playhouse has brought an interesting way of dealing with it. They are collaborating with the artist and have built a playful and enjoyable quality. I imagine many possibilities. I want to feel that it is transforming and moving with you. It’s really fantastic ”.

Lea Anderson created the art behind the interactive exhibit called “Microdose”. (Courtesy of Reece Martinez)

Anderson says the exhibit is as much an interactive experience as it is educational.

He says there is still the traditional side to his work. At the same time there is a new innovative form that he takes on through being interactive.

“The whole project was an experiment and it’s very playful,” he says. “But I hope it will inspire people about nature, because all my work is based on natural design, amazing patterns you find in nature, the relationships of different biological entities with each other. And I feel that there is a lot of symbolic meaning and that for me, you know you can apply it to human relationships or, you know, to the experiences you have had in your life. And there is this ambiguity, it is really very open to interpretation. And so people can really tell their story when they look at the work and I don’t want it to be specific. “

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