Teacher for America - Detroit 2013
Music: Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, Gambles, James Vincent McMorrow, Florence + The Machine, Lykke Li, Anais Mitchell, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Ben Sollee, GAYNGS, James Blake, Noah and the Whale, Sharon Van Etten, Beirut
TV: Chuck, Bones, Castle, The Following, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Hart of Dixie, New Girl, Grimm, The Americans, Hannibal, Elementary, Smash, White Collar, Covert Affairs, The O.C., My Mad Fat Diary, Pushing Daisies, Suits, Fairly Legal, Royal Pains, In Plain Sight
And their latest exhibit, Suprasensoral, is exquisite. But that is another story.
On the basement level, they have this really awesome room that is capable of having no light. Last time I went, it had this beautiful and ethereal light display. A captivating and unique experience to say the least.
Went to check out what had changed since last I went, and the wall tag said the current piece was called “something something war something (?)”, lasted 5:39 (I can do that) and had the warning that it may not be suitable for children, parents should check it out before bringing the kiddies in blah blah blah.
me: *well i’m an adult, psh i can handle “adult material”, this can’t be that bad*
So I walk the path back to the room, and its getting darker and darker. I’ve done this before so I know what’s happening. I got this. I’m so pumped to see this exhibit.
Last time I went, you get to the room and there is an employee (whose eyes are adjusted to the darkness) that comes out of nowhere (kinda creepily) to take your arm and lead you to the bench.
This doesn’t happen.
As I’m feeling around for the bench (just to reiterate: it is pitch black), all of the sudden theses loud, feral screams and growls just rip out of nowhere.
I power-walked out of there SO fast - enough to escape my fear, but hopefully slow enough to maintain my image to the employee outside the room..
*pretentious art voice*
You know, it really plays on the primal sense of fear and the innate associations between certain sounds and darkness. It beautifully illustrates how the fear of the unknown, even in an assumed safe environment, can overwhelm the senses and rationality. blah blah blah
UTTER, DEEP-SEATED TERROR.
Buuuutt I do want to go back there, just with someone this time. Just to completely experience it, and have that person as a safety blanket of sorts. Any takers? (legit)
EDIT: This is part of the Dark Matters exhibit. If you were curious.