Friday, April 12, 2024

Bridgeworthy: Exploring the Surreal at the WNDR Museum Downtown San Diego

If you’re looking for a unique and immersive artistic experience, then be sure to check out WNDR Museum in downtown San Diego, just ten minutes from Coronado. You’ll find engaging and transformative hands-on exhibits that allow the visitor to inhabit the mind of the artist. It’s a surreal adventure in technology and art, with all the feels.

WNDR is located at 422 Market Street, and features more than a dozen interactive experiences. Visitors will find lots of exhibits to engage with, including the innovative and Instagram-worthy light floor lined by infinity mirrors.

Another highlight is the exhibit called INSIDEOUT. The immersive 360-degree video, light and sound experience is based on the artist’s experience growing up in Scotland with the turbulent rush of thunderstorms erupting even in the middle of a peaceful day.

Guests can go in the INSIDEOUT exhibit and experience the onset of a storm.

And then there’s the Quantum Mirror which uses more than 150 mirrors and touches on our interaction with technology and our “obsession with screens, the way our self-perception has changed as social media becomes more important in our society,” according to the artist.

The Quantum Mirror Room immerses guests in more than 150 mirrors.
The jellyfish room is a cool place to unwind and become a part of the art.

The museum also boasts an interactive AI exhibit, where visitors can type in an idea, and they will see it come to life on six flatscreen displays. It’s a commentary on AI to see how realistic or odd the results can be.

The WNDR Museum’s message is simple: we are all artists. It’s an invitation, too.

Tickets can be purchased on the WNDR Museum website.

Christine Van Tuyl
Christine Van Tuyl
Christine was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Coronado with her family as a teen in 1993. Although initially horrified by surfers, flannels and skateboards, she ultimately grew to love all things So-Cal. A graduate of UCSD, Christine got her first writing job on the KUSI ten o’clock news while simultaneously juggling a reporter position at the San Diego Community News Group. She worked as a public relations professional, a book editor, real estate professional, and a freelance writer before eventually succumbing to motherhood in 2008.A decade later, Christine resurfaced to start the Island Girl Blog, a Coronado lifestyle blog. In addition, she writes a monthly page for Crown City Magazine. Christine loves hanging out with her husband, Ian, and their two spirited daughters, Holland and Marley, who attend Village Elementary and Coronado Middle School. When she’s not working, you’ll find her practicing yoga, spilling coffee at school drop off, meeting friends for sushi, or sailing the Bay with her family and English Bulldog, Moshi. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]

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