Toilet Paper Paradise

The “Toiletpaper Paradise” exhibit at the Cadillac House located in SoHo, NYC immerses the viewer into an eccentric and interactive experience. From the name of the exhibit, it may seem like it is just a room that has been teepeed, but it is actually a room containing many unique and unusual pieces. There is spaghetti wallpaper plastered on the walls and floor, a giant bar of soap with a bite missing from it, and a life-size plastic crocodile guarding the the entrance. Touching, sitting, playing, and reclining are highly encouraged. The artists want the audience to fully experience and try to take in as much of their artwork as possible.

IMG_1510There are plenty of comfy seating to be found on either the bed or the quirky sofa and various lounge chairs, so it is possible to sit and relax and observe all of the outlandish features and miniscule details that make the exhibit feel whole. According to the “The Architect’s Newspaper”, this exhibit is also known to be reminiscent of a feeling of “Mad Men on Acid” due to “…a range of mid century modern furniture that can be found within the setting.” The creativity for this funky gallery stems from artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari and is sponsored by “ToiletPaper Magazine”, which has many of the pieces displayed in the exhibit for sale on their website. This psychedelic experience is open until April 12th and is free to the public!

Written by: Elina Ashirova

Citations:

“Toiletpaper Paradise” on Show at the Cadillac House in Manhattan.” Archpaper.com. N.p., 17 Feb. 2017. Web. 02 Apr. 2017.

The Museum of Feelings

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Located in Battery City Park, the Museum of Feelings is an interactive exhibit that enables you to connect with all of your senses. As you are waiting to enter the exhibit, the exterior of the museum changes color to represent the mood of New York City, determined by chatter on social media and reports by the local news. You become more in touch with your senses as you move through rooms that are meant to mimic various emotions. Optimism, exhilaration, joy, and serenity all activated by different scents emitted in each room along with altering hues and tones; each room, encouraging you to engage with feelings through sensory stimulation. The unique combination of emotions make the experience truly one of a kind – in one moment, each person feels something different. At the end of the exhibit, you are invited to take a selfie through specialized software called the MoodLens, altering your picture to fit your current mood. It does so by3053990-slide-s-5-indulge-in-your-feels-at-the-museum-of-feelings taking your voice, body movements, pulse rate, social sentiment, and the weather into consideration when determining the overall “feeling” of your selfie and transforms it into a dynamic work of art. Writing about this experience does not do it much justice. Next time you are in desperate need of a study break from finals, stop by the Museum of Feelings, relax on a cloud of lavender in the Calmness Room and return to studying with a refreshed state of mind. It is also free for everyone!

What more can a college student ask for?

Written by: Elina Ashirova