all down the rabbit hole into different dimensions that bend the mind with theatrics, art, music, and technology exploding in cataclysmic layers. Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite at Area15 is Wonderland updated.
Wink is the co-founding performer, writer, director, and composer of Blue Man Group. The ground-breaking show creates a wildly interactive, percussion-driven multimedia experience. He is an award-winning writer and performer, a Grammy-nominated composer, and a frequent public speaker on the subject of creativity. Wink is also the director of content for Area15 bringing a unique brand of creativity and industry experience to experiential activations while serving as a global ambassador. In Wink World, he transforms everyday objects into art and adds a delightful blend of dymanism to the experience.
Consisting of six infinity-mirror rooms showcasing stunning productions in blacklight and other dazzling effects, the 1,500-square-foot experience fuses whimsy, color, technology, and music. The horizon-expanding, first-of-its-kind immersive art experience represents Wink’s most ambitious art and entertainment project since departing Blue Man Group in 2017. The six rooms draw on his lifelong fascination with the transcendent power of light, color, and music.
Surrounded by volatile, mind-bending paintings of psychedelic visionary artist Alex Aliume, the entrance beckons all to enter. Standing in front of the multi-neon color paintings, kinetic layers thrust guests into a feeling of flowing into the art. The sensory experience bursts with sight, sound, and emotion. ChromaDepth 3D glasses only heighten the effect.
“I chose his work because it represents infinity,” explains Wink. “What I really like about Alex’s [Aliume’s] work is that he has eyeballs everywhere, expressing the vision and really seeing. He wants his work to open everyone’s eyes wider. His art is also very dreamlike in vibrant blacklight fluorescent colors.”
Wink and Aliume share a love of the use of blacklight in their artistic endeavors. “I have always been attracted to this vibration because it makes everything so wonderful,” says Wink. “It reminds us when we leave to look at the flowers and all of the beauty that is in front of us.”
The first room hits with infinity mirror boxes that create the illusion of endless space, from the ceiling to the floor. The room was developed so that there is no reflection of guests. Views are uninterrupted. “This is my wheelhouse, combining theatrical, DMX-control multimedia experiences,” says Wink.
The next room is Wink’s adult version of a science project. Using his home, the artist discovered how to motorize Slinkies bouncing from his ceiling. He also realized that translucent Slinkies reflect light much better. Phosphorescent plastic aliens continue to glow after the room goes dark. The soundtrack is a juicer synched to a beat.
“I can’t paint, so I have to find things, and I like things that are simple like Slinkies, little aliens, cutlery, and pc pipework,” says Wink. “These elements might not get a lot of attention, so I wanted to find a new use for them, and now they have their proper moment.”
The third experience is most influenced by the Blue Man Group with music produced by Wink and one of his collaborators from the act. Playing the drums through a tube, Winks calls the music “drumulum,” and he enhances the music with a synthesizer. The exhibit represents nature and its synchronized beat.
The next exhibit uses ceiling fans from Wink’s home. “I wondered why no one attaches anything to their ceiling fans; something has to happen,” he says. “I started attaching things like a ribbon to my fans and was fascinated by the swirling pattern of the ribbon.”
He used lights, blades, different fan speeds, and infinity mirrors to develop other effects to recreate feelings of celebration, tsunami, and kinetic energy.
The next experience puts the visitor in the moment, another version of infinity. “I want my objects I use to feel alive and that they have their own life force whether it is paint exploding off a drum or a breathing motion,” says Wink. “This is all about the vibrancy of life; its explosive nature is something I have always been drawn to when I create. It can be a dance or even a big Broadway number in its own twisted way with a spiritual score.”
Wink wanted the final experience to incorporate love. It emits a softer pulsation as guests walk back into Area15 and, eventually, outside. Wink wants everyone to bring good vibes to the world.
The experiential exhibit owes a debt to art throughout the ages, embodying surrealism, expressionism, and impressionism. Wink believes famous artists such as Picasso had to be listening to music when they worked because elements such as instruments are important aspects of their paintings. And Wink sees dance in the work of the masters—Picasso and Pollack expressing motion in their art.