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Friends We Like to Brag About

Friends We Like to Brag About

My kids are at a point in their lives where they love making art much more than looking at other people’s art. A trip to the museum (unless it’s the Museum of Natural History) is usually fraught with a good helping of whining and cajoling. Several years ago I took my kids to the Guggenheim Museum and we experienced an installation by Piotr Uklanski that completely captivated my kids and all the others playing on the interactive disco floor the artist had created.  We were instantly transported out of our world and into a community of frolickers.

Inspired by this experience I began to research the best and brightest of this type of medium… and so began my stalking of interactive installation artists Theo Watson and Emily Gobielle. This was around the time when I was envisioning what I wanted Moomah Cafe to be. I decided to speak to them about Moomah's mission and we were excited to find that we shared the same vision (mine being far less masterful and technologically savvy). The two of them went on to create Moomah’s Funky Forest, a virtual forest that ran at the back of our space, continuing to inspire us everyday with the beautiful interactions that happen between the forest creatures and its participants.

But Theo and Emily didn't stop at the Funky Forest! See some of the other awe-inspiring projects below. We're so proud to be able to call these brilliant artists our friends!

Knee Deep - Cinekid 2009 from Theo Watson on Vimeo.

Interactive Puppet Prototype with Xbox Kinect from Theo Watson on Vimeo.

Daises 2.0 from Theo Watson on Vimeo.

If you want a taste of the feeling the Funky Forest evokes, watch Andrew Bird's video for his beautiful song Anonanimal (a Moomah favorite),  and imagine children running around in a glowing magical forest---it’s dreamy!

- By Tracey Stewart

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Rebecca said…

We loved the funky forest and miss it!

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