Some of the written-word art at Santa Fe’s Meow Wolf, “The House of Eternal Return,” makes you laugh, some makes you think, and all of it enhances the interactive, exploratory art exhibit that allows your imagination to think of time and space as non-linear. So fun!
“Mind-bending, explorable art experience for people of all ages in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”
Have you heard of Meow Wolf? I hadn’t either until my recent trip to Santa Fe. Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return “takes participants on a macrocosmic adventure of seemingly endless possibilities.” It’s art, music, a mystery, a story, and an experience. You walk into a house and discover endless pathways to seemingly other dimensions. Walk into the fridge, slide inside the dryer, duck into the fireplace, climb layers of a tree-house, interact with on-site actors, and explore materials and mediums in ways you’ve never thought of–all of it opening up your mind and sense of wonder.
303 Magazine’s Corinne Anderson describes the one-of-a-kind art installation “by breaking down the main themes that tie the psychedelic smorgasbord of Meow Wolf together.”
It Encourages Curiosity
Using your imagination is almost unnecessary if you just wander throughout The House of Eternal Return because the wildly fantastic environments easily transport you to unearthly dimensions. But within these dimensions there are countless ways to interact and immerse yourself which take at least a little inquisitiveness to uncover.
If wandering around with no purpose doesn’t suit you, then you can try to puzzle out the mystery that was written by five different Meow Wolf writers about the event that pushed this regular house into an irregular rift between space and time. With this addition, Meow Wolf has invented an escape room and fantasy funhouse hybrid that tickles every single one of our senses, no matter our age.
Interaction With the Art is Key
Almost everything is handleable, and if it’s not, it’s clearly marked. Find a piano? Play it. Walk through a fabric corridor? Rub your hands along the walls and see what happens. Encouraging discovery and interaction is essential to Meow Wolf, which gives the installation an unusual spot in the art world.
You Will Question Time and Space
Without giving away too much of the mystery, it is important to understand that the house and its inhabitants have been affected by a fracture in the space-time continuum.The House of Eternal Return is in fact, a house. But a better way to imagine it is as a portal. The portal serves as a kind of transport station to other dimensions. These dimensions seem to have no order, no relation to one another because they exist as memories and feelings of the members of the household.
Meow Wolf has created a completely new style of experiencing art and it’s exciting to feel that as a visitor you are a part of that experience, rather than an onlooker.
The recent variety of immersive Van Gogh exhibits have received mixed reviews. One of my daughters said that the one she attended in CA was in one room, poorly executed, and left her sorry to have paid the ticket price. But, I found the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at Pier 36 in Manhattan that Hubby, another daughter and I attended very cool. The same floor-to-ceiling images play on a loop in three rooms. In the first room, vertical, mirrored columns reflect the moving images. In the middle room, huge mirrored, geometric shapes do the the same. In the enormous third room, there’s space to sit, recline or sprawl out.
I really enjoyed being surrounded by floor-to-ceiling art, vibrant colors, spectral music, and the illusion that the room was moving. After a pandemic year of living insular, isolated lives, sharing a space with people all seemingly enchanted and contemplative was, in itself, what made the experience one-of-a-kind.
Today’s singles have plenty of digital options when it comes to finding each other. But in an era of same-day delivery, who has time the back-and-forth of scheduling a first date?
That’s where Amazon Dating comes in. The website brings all the conveniences of your Prime subscription to the crowded world of online dating.
Or at least it would, if it were real. Instead, it’s a spot-on satire created by a group of multitalented (and reportedly legitimately single) creators that launched Tuesday.
While the Amazon affiliation and its potential perks aren’t real, you can still apply to be featured on the site. (You might want to hurry before a certain mega-retailer’s lawyers stumble across this project.)
At the “product” level, the satirical site’s sendup of Amazon continues with some enjoyable details, like being able to select love language options and height (meaning your own, presumably, unless there’s some interesting stretching and compacting services being offered here).
There are several other fun Easter eggs to discover by clicking around the site. Be sure to click the “Legal” tab so you can fill out a vital and binding “Non-Ghosting Agreement” to keep both parties from bailing on a date at risk of losing $50—with interest for nonpayment compounding monthly “at a rate of 50% for iPhone users and 100% for Android users.”
In the New York Post, Lauren Steussy wrote “‘Amazon Dating’ site won’t deliver hot singles to your door.”
In dating, as in life, if it’s too good to be true, it unfortunately is.
A fake site made to look like Amazon offers the promise of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes — delivered straight to your door. The homepage advertises a bevy of young (and some old), hot things at varying prices, all at the click of a button just like the online marketplace.
Sadly for those unlucky in love, the site is all a ruse, thought up by concept artists Ani Acopian, Suzy Shinn, Morgan Gruer and the animators behind Thinko. They are, in fact, all single, according to the clever site’s “about” section.
Amazon has not responded to The Post’s request for comment on the prank.
Each listing includes the single’s “love language” — a mustachioed 33-year-old Jeffery Epstein conspiracy theorist named Ted calls his “words of affirmation.” The listings also come with a price tag and the ability to change the person’s height.
Interested parties can go so far as to order their chosen single. But they’ll end up ghosted because, again, the site is not real. And don’t worry, pretend dating won’t rack up a bill since the creators don’t actually have anyone’s credit card information.
Features of the site are made to look like Amazon, including a “deal of the day” — today’s is Teddy, a white-haired 87-year-old who “doesn’t feel guilty about staying in on Saturday night” and “leaves a voicemail every time.” As for the tab on “Your Last Relationship”? It opens to a video of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”