Interactive Playhouse at Art Fort Lauderdale 2019

Interactive Playhouse

Interactive Initiatives takes over a water-front home
with immersive and interactive project for Interactive Playhouse
at 2019 Art Fort Lauderdale Fair.

Vernissage / Opening Preview (by invitation only)
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 / 11am - 5pm

Vernissage / Opening Party
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 / 7pm - 10pm

Thursday, January 24, 2019 / noon - 6pm
Friday, January 25, 2019 / noon - 8pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019 / noon - 8pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019 / noon - 6pm

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During Art Fort Lauderdale, Interactive Playhouse will take over an entire home with immersive projections, video, performance and interactive art by local and national contemporary artists. As visitors meander through the property, they will enter zones of artistic practice that will envelop the viewer and challenge their sense of perception and reality.

Using multiple projectors, whole rooms will be engulfed with audio and video projections by artists. Interactive first-person gaming-as-art projects will invite participants to navigate augmented and virtual worlds on their own. Hypnotic, candy colored videos will mesmerize and enchant.

Special performances will be presented throughout the day including performative sculpture appearances. Large-scale puppets will interact with visitors, comforting, questioning and providing company to those enjoying weather, arriving, departing and waiting for their transport. An interactive nail salon experience will be offered by Porn Nails, inviting fair goers to spill the tea while getting their nail beds blinged up.

A shop area will be set up on the ground floor featuring small artworks, clothing and merchandise produced by exhibiting artists.

Artists include FriendsWIthYou (Los Angeles), Jen Stark (Los Angeles), Afrobeta (Miami), Monica Lopez de Victoria of TM Sisters (Miami), Leo Casenda (Miami), Jen Clay (Fort Lauderdale), Rosemarie Romero (Miami), Samuel Lopez de Victoria (Fort Lauderdale), Alissa Alfonso (Hollywood) and others.


Interactive Playhouse 2019 Featured Artists 


FriendsWithYou is the fine art collaborative of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, working collectively since 2002 with the sole purpose of spreading the positive message of Magic, Luck, and Friendship™. Known for immersive installations and interactive artworks, FriendsWithYou invites viewers of their work to reconnect with and reinterpret their lives through communal experiences.


Jen Stark is an artist exploring the intricate layers of the natural world through patterns and color. Her work is inspired by infinity, topographical maps, fractals, mimetic topographies, and sacred geometries. Using available materials—paper, wood, metal, paint—Stark strives to make work that balances on a razor’s edge of optical seduction and perceptual engagement.


VIRGO is the electronic music project of Elizabeth Ann Clark, an audio/visual artist and game developer based in Miami, FL. This multi-disciplinary artists has created a fully interactive virtual reality video game, Water Planet, which will be on view at Interactive Playhouse.


Leo Castaneda is an artist working at the intersection of virtual reality, gaming, performance and interactive sculpture. Castaneda’s work deploys and deconstructs the socio-economic, racial, mythological and post-human anatomies embedded in the structure of video games.


Rosemarie Romero created her alter ego Porn Nails as a unique performative art piece which embodies the Miami aesthetic, feminism, female drag, excess, and sisterhood.  She bonds with women while doing their nails at the same time listening to pop music, talking about sex and sharing dirty jokes.


Miami natives Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio make up the electro afro-jazz, dance duo that is Afrobeta, Cuci on vocals, belting out tropical funk vibes, and Tony on the mixing board, bringing together afro funk and Gloria Estefan worthy beats. 

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Monica Lopez de Victoria of the TM Sisters, the Miami based sibling duo made of Tasha and Monica Lopez de Victoria who collaborate in multi-media art works, video, installations, large scale murals, events, and performances, will debut new work.


Jen Clay is a multimedia artist based in South Florida. Her practice includes creating textiles, animations, wearable sculpture and large scale props for performance and video works that feed off of childhood sources of kids’ edu-tainment tropes, as well as psychological thrillers, horror and sci-fi film.


Samuel Lopez De Victoria is a Fort Lauderdale-based interactive and digital artist with a Masters of Fine Arts in the study of Art and Technology. In his practice he explores character studies, Norse mythology and family heritage with neon, hyper-vector illustrations that are then implemented into programmed interactive pieces.


Alissa Alfonso is a Miami native & mother of three who challenges traditional assumptions by creating contemporary art which simultaneously inspires and conserves our environment. By combining innovative practices, such as fused plastics, soft sculpture, sewing and exaggerated trapunto with hand dyed fabrics, her sculptures and installations create an alternative reality of soft forms and cushioned surfaces.

Interactive Drinks at Gramps

Last weekend, there was an Interactive event with Miami-made video games from Interactive Initiative founders Jen Clay and Samuel Lopez de Victoria. Attendees created their own video game characters, uploaded selfie’s onto the green screen, and drank beer for a good cause. Pabst Blue Ribbon gave all of the proceeds from PBR sales to Interactive Initiative, this donation helped to fund the non-profit start-up in its goal to provide programming education to children and adolescents. Interactive Initiative is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the intersection of art and technology to life.

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