– Interactive, Digital, Performance art at 301 W. Main Street, Spokane Washington –

Falk Morawitz | Seth Kranzler


August 25th – August 31st – Richmond Art Collective, 228 W. Sprague Ave

Opening Reception on Thursday, August 25th, 5-7pm

Interested in virtual reality, quantum chemistry, and how to make music with it? On Thursday, August 25th from 5 to 7pm, Laboratory will be hosting new work by artists-in-residence Falk Morawitz and Seth Kranzler at the Richmond Art Collective gallery, located at 228 W. Sprague Avenue.

As virtual reality takes off, plenty of attention has been paid to the visual part of the virtual experience – stunning vistas and otherworldly landscapes abound. But what does VR allow us to experience through sound? A pair of international artists, currently housed at the Laboratory artist residency program in Spokane are finding out. Read more

Alex Lee | Everything from Here to Infinity

Richmond Art Collective, July 30th – August 5th | 228 W. Sprague Ave.

Everything from Here to Infinity will feature the debut of the artists’ interactive virtual reality project of the same name in which objects within the most comprehensive map of the universe to date, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, are depicted in the manner of abstract expressionist gestures within the video game engine Unity. This project is inspired by the surrealist writer Jorges Luis Borges’ short story, On Exactitude in Science, in which an empire made a map of itself so big – it encompassed the entirety of the empire itself. It represents a one to one relationship, a simulacra. Our modern day equivalent to the Borges’ tale is the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). It is the most comprehensive map of the universe to date and represents 100 terabytes worth of information about every heavenly object from here to infinity. This exhibition will include other recent but related works, which represents a range of investigations from electron particle behavior to musings around cosmology culling from the writings of Carl Sagan – all concepts which are represented poetically in an otherwise highly technical field.

Read more

The Mercury Theatre | Elsa Philippe

Screening Wednesdays at Boots (24 W. Main) at 7pm

Laboratory artist-in-residence Elsa Philippe is hosting a reality show while she’s here. It’s super awesome. 10 artists compete with anonymous Instagram accounts through a series of challenges, immunities, eliminations, and all the delightful weirdness that art on the internet brings. Watch all the episodes on Elsa’s website here:


Float | Anna Sörenson, Daniel Rydh, and Kurt Madison


Opens April 1st, 2016 – 5:30 pm – Saranac Art Projects, 25 W. Main Avenue

Play with light, projection, and color in this immersive installation showering the Saranac space a jubilant spectrum of reflections and refractions. An interactive piece, we encourage you to come and work with the piece and the artists, and explore how light and color can envelop, attack, and shape a space.

(entire month of April)

Thursday: 2-6 pm
Friday: 12-8 pm
Saturday: 12-8 pm

Read more

67-Inch | preMADE Team


Opens March 18th, 2016 – 5:30pm – Richmond Art Collective Gallery, 228 W. Sprague
Dutkowska and Łukasiak, together as preMADE Team, are taking over the Richmond Art Collective gallery space and transforming it into an immersive experience exploring the tension between nature and technology. Using rope, projection, and body-tracking, they have built an installation where the viewer can contemplate their relationship between the physical and digital. Read more

Oscillating History | Mark Reamy

January 25th, 2016 – 6:00pm – 228 W. Sprague
“I created a transcendent, interactive experience through analog means. I created a kinetic machine that does not require electricity, a mechanism that solely relies on gravity and momentum to function. This device overcomes the laws of physics by allowing multiple light beams to coexist.
Read more

Synchronic Stream | Ilaria Ortensi

Synchronic Stream

November 29th, 2015 – 7:30pm – 301 W. Main

Laboratory Artist-in-Residence Ilaria Ortensi’s work examines the relationship between space, self, and architecture. Using the dimensions of the space, along with projection, interactive lighting, architectural window film, and cameras, Synchronic Stream takes in data from the internet and alters the dynamics of the room while participants explore the space and the reflections and projections they themselves create.

Read more

Secrets of the Deep | SexCakeMonster

November 4th, 2015 – 7:30 pm – Richmond Art Collective Gallery

The incredible, uncompromising duo of Lauren Redpath and Sorjeri Tane bring the incredible costuming work they do in Melborne, Australia all the way here to Spokane. Musical performance by Madeline McNeill.

Choreographed Anthropomorphology

Laboratory artist-in-residence Luke Sturgeon spent 2 months in summer 2015 exploring systems of robotic emotion – what does it mean to give technology the ability to interpret, experience, and evoke emotion? Working on both physical systems of motion and the semiotics of motion, his research develops techniques to incorporate emotion into the objects around us.

Read more

The Beautalyzer | Samwell Freeman

December 13th-27th – 301 W. Main

The Beautalyzer explores the potential for collaborative learning between people and machines. An interactive video wall displays the inner workings of a learning algorithm, which attempts to recognize the beauty of images. Participants are given the responsibility to teach the algorithm what is beautiful, by labeling images according to their aesthetic judgment. Simultaneously, viewers are given a vivid illustration of how the algorithm “sees” an image. The installation is comprised of 10 wall-mounted LCD screens, a viewer-facing video camera, and 3D printed tactile interfaces. Machine learning is an increasingly important part of our lives, influencing the news we read, the people we meet, and the things we buy. The Beautalyzer hopes to pry open this black box of artificial intelligence. The imagery generated from inside this computer brain can be captivating, shocking and hilarious; regardless it offers us a cybernetic insight into the nature of beauty and perception.