Take awesome outer space selfies at the Arts And Lights pop-up experience

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  • Saturday, 25 Nov 2017

At the Vista Interactive Space Wall, visitors can colour cars and rocket ships, which will then be scanned onto a large digital screen on the wall. Photos: The Star/Azhar Mahfof

Ever wanted to go to the moon? Or to pilot your own rocketship? You could build your own space shuttle. But that would take up a huge amount of time and money. For the next best thing, you can head to the Arts And Lights exhibition in Icon City, Petaling Jaya instead.

Arts And Lights is Malaysia’s first interactive pop-up art and technology experience.

The free exhibition, themed Space Odyssey, features over a dozen quirky installations.  “I think there’s always going to be an intrigue with space. It’s something that is relatively unknown. However, with the advent of organisations such as Tesla and Amazon, the prospect of space travel is now a little more realistic in our lifetime,” says Rachel Leong, Mah Sing’s senior general manager of Group Strategy and Operations.

A visitor strikes up a pose in the Defying Gravity room.

Arts And Lights will be showing in Icon City till Dec 24, before travelling to different Mah Sing galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang over the next eight months.

A 2,787sq m space in Icon City has been converted into creative installations and colourful rooms. Visitors can take photos or selfies with floating objects in the Anti Gravity room, or bounce off giant coloured balloons at the Lakeville Rolling Comets. Those looking for a more relaxed experience, however, can lounge on the blissful Moons of Meridin hanging swings. Or marvel at the striking hues of Planet Vertica. One particular highlight is the Vista Interactive Space Wall, where visitors can colour their own cars and rocketships. These can then be scanned into a high-tech background to move and be interacted with!

There are also two special installations: the Digi Wishing Tree and Viam 2.0 (sponsored by local design brand MUKK).

According to Leong, Arts And Lights was inspired by a visit she made to San Francisco’s Color Factory, a two-storey “made for Instagram” interactive exhibition.

“Even recently, at the Singapore National Gallery, it had the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, which I think attracted over 235,000 visitors,” says Leong.

The Aruna In The Sky room is a “cloudy” delight of a space.

“Events like these spark a global and national interest for arts and creativity across all ages. You have kids, millennials and parents, all going into these creative places and taking photos. It really adds colour to life.”

One of Leong’s personal favourite installations is the Dimension Room, which features mannequins going through walls. Talk about a homage to the computer game Portal. The Aruna In The Sky room area is a “cloudy” delight, too.

“That room has a huge inflatable moon, which takes up almost half the space, and these floating clouds. That idea sprung up from the thought that clouds are always so far off in the sky. But what if we were to bring them down so close to you that you were able to feel what a cloud is like? It’s very surreal, that room is one of people’s favourites,” says Leong.

Arts And Lights runs at Icon City, Petaling Jaya till Dec 24. All tickets are free, but you need to reserve a ticket. Opens noon to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday only. More info: www.artsandlights.com.my.

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