[Spotlight] Tromploy presents: Alice in Winstonland
Featured photo is from Debi Cable’s 3D Blacklight Wonderland experience
Back in April, Winston-Salem went down the proverbial rabbit hole with Debi Cable’s 3D blacklight Wonderland at the ART-C Theatre. From Nov. 21-29, there will be another chance to go down the rabbit hole, but this time, the interactive art installation will have a distinctly Winston-Salem twist. Think Meow Wolf in the City of Arts and Innovation.
Tromploy, a for-profit arts venture based in Winston-Salem, will start hosting a pop-up, interactive art exhibition once a month, with the first of these installations being “Alice in Winstonland,” running Nov. 21-29. This pop-up interactive art exhibit will be conceptualized and rendered by local/regional artists, who will have about two weeks to put together the entire installation. Like Cable’s 3D blacklight experience, this installation will have an Alice in Wonderland theme, but “Wonderland” will look a lot like Winston-Salem. The installation will be in the heart of downtown, at 418 Marshall St. North #100, in a 3,500 square-foot space.
According to the press release, “Tromploy is an immersive entertainment and artist platform that creates, curates and facilitates interactive art,” and “an immersive entertainment company that inspires creativity in the community in collaboration with global visionaries, innovators, artists and technologists.”
In 2018, Keets Taylor founded Tromploy to promote interactive art experiences in Winston-Salem. Taylor said that Cable’s installation was a “prototype to show people what we had in mind.” Taylor said Alice in Winstonland is also sort of a prototype for future pop-up installations. Working on the construction of the installation are local and regional artists: Nevets WYNOCEROS, XOSK, Megz, Christine Toole and Carlos Bocanegra.
“This one will have a whole lot of shrink wrap,” said Tromploy’s creative director Steven Darling, describing the exhibit. “It is going to be Alice in Wonderland-themed, and there will be [paper-mâché] mushrooms, ball pit, and a slide that enters you into the rabbit hole (the other part of the installation).”
Darling said that most of the materials used to construct the exhibit are recycled materials, such as YES! Weekly newspapers. (Darling said there would be a “special” mushroom that will have the YES! Weekly logo on it, and to look for the shroom that has a bite taken out of it.)
“Keets had a concept and idea, and she started to run with it,” added Darling, explaining how the installation came to be. “We cross-pollinated because I was actively pursuing in Winston-Salem and Greensboro an interactive space. So, instead of making competition, we partnered.”
“This group is a new addition to [Tromploy],” Taylor added. “We are expecting a really good collaboration.”
In addition to the immersive installation, Darling said there would also be live music, DJs, live body painting and other entertainment, which will be announced in next week’s issue of YES! Weekly, along with other details about this installation.
The Alice in Winstonland installation will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour or more (depending on how adventurous you are or how much fun you want to have, Darling said) and will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. during the weekdays. On Friday and Saturday, it will be open longer with special events happening from 9 p.m. to midnight. The ticket cost for Alice in Winstonland is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military, $8 for ages 8-17, and children ages 7 and under are free.