– Interactive, Digital, Performance Art –

Jak Bobby – Leap Second Residency

Hannah Thompson and Arvid Tomayko – :::Positive Contact:::

January 6th, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm

Performances at 6 and 7

Richmond Art Collective Gallery, 228 W. Sprague Ave.

Hannah G. Thompson and Arvid Tomayko come together in this work using their bodies as conductive material with in an installation of fabric sculptures reactive to touch and light through the use of a light reactive Theremin. The performers uncovers new layers and morph Thompson’s sculptural works using their bodies and movement. They contends with the constraints, while blooming to soundscapes both mixed and created by their interactions with the touch sensors. Using saturated colors and unsettling images the pair distort the state of consciousness people assume is stable, by unpacking and unraveling sculptures with bodily connotations. The audience’s engagement with the performance is the way in which they are reframed by viewing us perform the reckoning of our body, our skins, and the space surrounding us. Through the intense visual experience of morphing sculptures we are hoping to bring to mind questions of personal boundaries in the comfort of everyday interactions. Electronics design and physical computing by Darcy Neal.

Matt Henderson – The Spectacle, Unleashed

The Spectacle, Unleashed

Open Studio at Laboratory
November 23rd, 2016, 6-9pm
Matt Henderson from XHURCH is here with us, and will be showing the beginnings of his new work, as well as talking about the state of VR and his role in the Portland Immersive Media Group.
“My time at The Laboratory was spent researching and forming The Spectacle, Unleashed.  It is my attempt to conglomerate my observations of the present social and political moment. The result is an immersive, digital work-in-progress which aims to reflects the anxiety, ferocity, and alarming dissimilitude of our shared experience.
The Spectacle, Unleashed is an immersive digital environment created in Unity3D and accessed through HTC Vive’s premier virtual reality system.”

Margaret Kearney – Our Hideout

Our Hideout - installation by Margaret Kearney

November 18th-27th, reservations required (see below)
Opening Reception Friday, November 18th, 5-8pm
Richmond Art Collective Gallery, 228 W. Sprague Ave.

In the context of the wild world we live in, what would it look like to make a place that’s all your own, special and separate from the daily woes? How would it feel to build that safe space with a group of peers? How much of working together is play, how much is compromise?

Join Laboratory visiting artist Margaret Kearney for an exploration into co-creation and collaboration at the Richmond Art Gallery. Get familiar with how you work with those around you to create new hideouts for safety and joy amidst the mess of living. In short, come make a really cool fort. Bring your friends.

The best way to experience this project will be with a small group of people you know, so please RSVP to Margaret ( ) to let us know when you’d like to come and how many people you plan to bring. Let us know which of these days you’d like to come:

Saturday, November 19
Sunday, November 20
Monday, November 21
Tuesday, November 22
Saturday, November 26
Sunday, November 27


Invisible Territories | Shuangshuang Huo

November 17th-25th
Opening Reception Friday, November 18th, 5-8pm
Richmond Art Collective Gallery, 228 W. Sprague Ave.

Living in an extremely diverse world is a gift to appreciate or a great challenge to face up to in the present time? Very often, stakes are held up and ditches are excavated secretly in our mind even without our awareness, and they can deeply influence how we sense the world, or understand and respond to people who are different with ourselves.

Invisible Territories is a motion tracking spatial installation. Artist-in-residence Shuangshuang Huo created this piece of work to remind participants of the existing divisions and gaps among people from different races, genders, religions, cultural background etc. Read more

Rachel Stuckey | Update Required

Update Required

Friday, November 4th – Richmond Art Collective, 228 W. Sprague Ave

Update Required is a multimedia exhibition of recent works by Rachel Stuckey, featuring a new virtual reality project created while in residence at Laboratory. Since this one is going to take some time, you’ll need to reserve your 15 minute timeslot here:
Can’t make it on Friday, or would like a more private session? Preview hours are available Thursday, Nov 3rd. Send inquiries to

The central work, Update Required, is a biofeedback-enhanced VR experience for personal enhancement. The program takes cues from the user’s brain signals via EEG to guide them away from the “safe zone” of Windows95. The resulting journey guides the user towards a more contemplative or critical path of technological understanding in just a few easy steps! Whether you’re a tech goddess or digitally afflicted, Update Required is a guaranteed skills boost in the realm of metaphysical computing.

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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

Everything from Here to Infinity | Alex Lee

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.

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POV | Karen Briem

Karen Briem - POV

Opens May 26th, 5-7pm, on view until June 7th – Richmond Art Collective Gallery (behind Spaceman Coffee) – 228 W. Sprague Ave.

Point-of-view is an interactive installation focusing on how perspective plays a role as a vital instrument in our lives. By actively pushing ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and viewing situations from a different point of view we not only gain access to a wider range of emotions but also evoke deeper understanding of our surroundings. The more effort we are willing to put into gaining new perspective the bigger the impact. This installation is a physical exploration of this process.

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Almost Home | Stefano Ogliary Badessi

Almost Home, Stefano Oligari Badessi

Showing at 304 W. Pacific Ave. during Unifest, and by appointment

A full-gallery installation, this work invites the viewer to push their way into the space and surround themselves with the installation, engaging with the idea of belonging in a space. After nearly half a year of travel, Stefano is excited to explore these feelings on his way back to his native Italy.