Above: Responsive projections make visitors a part of the show.
Photograph by Josh Marks.
Take a tentative step into the black-and-white pool of light and watch as ripples flow across the cement floor. Jump into the pool and start a virtual tsunami that splashes up the walls. This computer-generated chiaroscuro, installed in a former warehouse in Albuquerque’s up-and-coming Sawmill District, allows visitors to physically interact with abstract images that evoke elements of nature, from a zebra-striped pool of water to a stark field of grass. Or is it fur? Abstract Landscapes, a traveling exhibit by digital artists Adrien M and Claire B, requires humans to use their bodies and breathe to change the images projected on the walls, floors, and screens. Blow a puff of air into a vitrine and the letters projected inside it scatter like leaves in the wind. The scene seems serene at first, but as people learn how their movements affect the patterns of light, they begin to leap, slide, twist, huff, and puff with glee. And that’s just the adults. For some, the fun may slowly inspire an important thought: How do my actions affect nature in ways not so visible or immediate? The exhibit is open 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily (Closed Tuesdays) through October 21 (artechouse.com).