Brought up for our technical and creative expertise, we worked in close collaboration with Meow Wolf to develop Perplexiplex, a surreal arboretum that visitors can influence and explore over the course of four scenes. Projections mapped onto the floor and surrounding walls transform a black-and-white forest mural created by New Mexico artist Nate Gutierrez into a flourishing interactive ecosystem. As guests first approach, it’s as if fungus germinates and releases spores they can interact with, followed by a reactive digital forest made of pixels and glitches. Neon draws guests into the next scene like characters in a surreal arboretum. As the forest gradually fills with swathes of colour, the final act entices visitors to splash digital brushstrokes across the room, almost like a life-size paint by numbers.
Intuitive visual cues and an ambient score by Sante Fe musician Cole Bee Wilson pull guests into the supernatural world and invite them to trigger enhanced effects. Underpinning the experience, innovative software developed by Moment Factory’s R&D team processes users’ actions and positions from simultaneous tracking systems around the space.