In the summer before the COVID pandemic I had the good fortune to go to ZeroSpace of my friend in New York. South of Midtown Manhattan and just west of Korea Town, you can get to it quickly by taking the ACE/123 train to Penn Station which is just across the street, or you can take the BDF/NQRW train to Herald Square which is only two blocks to the east.

ZeroSpace is an interactive and immersive multimedia art experience that focuses on introducing the public to new and innovative art techniques. There is no time limit to how long you can stay once admitted, but it seems like most visitors probably move on after about 1 to 2 hours, that’s most likely around the time it takes to spend at least a few minutes in each exhibit. But they did say that you can explore as long as you like, so I decided to spent a little extra time there because I loved every minute of it!

ZeroSpace has a relaxed museum-like atmosphere, is a fairly large interior space, and is filled with several large-scale interactive art installations. I found the ‘Interactive Floor’ by Joshua David to be really interesting! Along the main corridor this hall had projectors on the ceiling displaying a colorful image onto the floor, which is really the focus because it reacts to your step and moves in weird ways.

Another interesting exhibit was “Parastella”, which was like a laser light show and there was electronic music to listen to. It was a pretty nice space to relax in. Another exhibit that was somewhat similar was the geodesic dome show, which has an image projected in the space.

There was a really interesting augmented reality sandbox, and honestly it was really fun to play with it. You can move the sand around with your hands and see how it reacts and changes the light. It’s pretty interesting to create hills and valleys in the sand and watch the colors change. Apparently it’s the largest augmented reality sandbox in the world!

But one of the most enjoyable exhibits was “The Day we Left Field” which is this large space that you can lay down in and look up at this dream-like surreal digital painting on the ceiling. It’s a little bit like an electric forest. The room also features some rhythmic electronic music that makes the space into something really special to experience.

Another really interesting exhibit to spend some time in is the “Melt Mirror”, which is this space where you can make weird images of yourself that warp and twist. It’s sort of like an updated, modern digital version of the old-school fun-house mirrors you see at carnivals. There was another exhibit that was a little like that called “Interactive Mirrors”, inside these screens would create bright animations to reflect your body in an abstract light show.

Unfortunately since the COVID-19 outbreak in Spring of 2020, ZeroSpace has been closed but I’m hopeful it opens soon because it was a really rewarding experience! If you have the opportunity to go there, you should!