A scene from Meow Wolf’s Eternal Return home in Santa Fe. Courtesy Meow Wolf.Culture
The immersive arts collective is hosting a “Dance Obscura” event in Denver for a weekend this November, starring notable and emerging local artists.
26th September 2019
Prepare to activate all of your senses at Meow Wolf’s Dark Palace – a three-day “Dance Obscura” event – held November 22-24 at the National Western Complex. Presented by the heads of the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based art collective known for the House of Eternal Return and the upcoming Denver interactive art space, the festival features an array of electronic sounds from headliners such as Claude VonStroke, MK, and Guy Gerber, along with six local DJs and 15 local artists, to complete the immersive experience.
Music festivals are no stranger to Meow Wolf – the art collective launched its second Taos Vortex music festival last August. And while the group is only hinting at what to expect from Denver’s Dark Palace, Meow Wolf Event Director Max BK offers a comparison: Tao’s Vortex was more of a “summer smile,” and this upcoming Denver rave will feel “more like a grin” . “
If that doesn’t raise eyebrows, the range of artists – covering media from digital art to textile-based works – will contribute exploratory installations.
“We’re trying to find people who will help celebrate the synthesis between warm light and tangibility and what can be found in the spaces between the dark,” says Sophie Cruz, Event Art Director.
Two names on the list are Denver duo Chris Coleman and Laleh Mehran, a couple known for their fascinating works of light and digital ingenuity who previously worked with Meow Wolf on the wacky, ornate Kaleidoscape ride in Elitch Gardens. Other featured artists include multimedia creator Matt Barton, as well as the LED and motion-oriented Denver Digerati – the organization behind the Supernova Outdoor Digital Animation Festival, held earlier this month.
Also on display is the textile-obsessed Secret Love Collective, the group behind the ornate fabric photo booths unveiled at Meow Wolf’s community meeting in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood last year, where the group announced their corporate social responsibility plan for their future Denver location discussed.
BK says the team was interested in exploring the magical sensations related to technology at the Dark Palace, and Cruz brought that idea home, mentioning inspiration from ancient ideas like light shows as the earliest forms of entertainment or the distorted experience using a camera obscure.
“There was that magical, inexplicable, inexplicable feeling that was taking hold [these technologies]where the technology is almost cold today, ”says Cruz. “And [our focus] brings back a glow to this type of light and lighting. “
Festival goers should also expect unconventional performance art to bring the theme to life, with movement artists Werk Out Palace and the Girls of Denver Kiki Sessions, and Rainbow Militia, a group known for their lively, circus-inspired performances.
The trippy art offer in the Dark Palace is rounded off with works by the graffiti-inspired Moe Gram and much more by Chelsea Crandell, Emma Balder and Collin Parson. Denver art experts will continue to be kept busy with some lesser-known names like Ethnographer, Psychopomps, and John Medina to round out the event.
While electronic sound waves may not be loud enough to block out the other allegations circling the company – like a class action lawsuit, gender discrimination, and fair pay lawsuits, and wage theft lawsuits – Meow Wolf is planning more events in Denver before their permanent one opens Installation on I-25 and Colfax Avenue due for completion in 2021.
“We want to give people a feeling for what is researchable,” says BK. But if nothing tells you what to expect from Dark Palace, Cruz and BK give this final piece of advice: “Bring a bottle of water. Bring a friend. Get ready to dance. “
When you go: Meow Wolf’s Dark Palace takes place at the National Western Stock Complex from Friday, November 22nd to Sunday, November 24th. 4655 Humboldt St. Tickets cost $ 20 to $ 85.