Fairgrounds St. Pete, Tampa Bay’s first and only immersive art and technology experience, will reveal a new interactive installation Electric Sky Lounge on Thursday, March 24. Created in collaboration with internationally renowned artist Neil Mendoza, featuring his award-winning artworks Disruptive Devices.
Electric Sky Lounge is a new immersive experience in which Disruptive Devices, a set of three interactive artworks, are presented. Guests are invited to interact with each work using a crank wheel that changes a virtual world. The result is a surprising and humorous interaction between the real and the digital worlds.
“Guests are in for such a fun surprise when they walk into Electric Sky Lounge and interact with this installation and Neil Mendoza’s artwork,” said Olivia Mansion, Fairgrounds St. Pete Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder. “Electric Sky Lounge is unlike any other exhibit we’ve seen in Tampa Bay and is sure to be a huge hit with guests of all ages.”
“We’re excited to invite our guests to engage with this fascinating combination of art and tech in our new immersive exhibit. The innovative ways in which Neil Mendoza has combined art and technology in his artwork is both remarkable and fun,” said Mikhail Mansion, Fairgrounds St. Pete Chief Design Officer and Co-Founder. “His artwork blurs the lines between realities”.
Neil Mendoza’s practice combines sculpture, electronics and software to bring inanimate objects and spaces to life. By combining found objects with technology in unexpected ways, the various elements of his work are viewed from a new perspective. Mendoza explores themes of the absurd, the humorous, the futile and the surreal. He has exhibited work and talked at conferences around the world, taught classes on art and technology at UCLA and Stanford and co-founded the art collective “is this good?”.
“I’m interested in expanding our culture’s perception of technology and what it can do and be,” said Artist Neil Mendoza. “Disruptive Devices explores themes of environmental sustainability and the impact of technology in our lives, through a surreal and playful lens.”
“Bringing new and exciting art experiences to St. Pete is an important part of our mission,” said Liz Dimmitt, Fairgrounds St. Pete CEO and Co-Founder. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to share this incredible and clever installation with our audience.”
Fairgrounds St. Pete, a woman and veteran-owned local business, had its grand opening on December 16, 2021.
Electric Sky Lounge and Disruptive Devices can be experienced the weekend of March 24 onward. Timed tickets can be purchased in advance at www.tickets.fairgrounds.art
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