Fun House, 2012. Photography by Gesilayefa Azorbo
Thom Sokoloski - Toronto, Canada
Fun House, 2012
92 Exhibition A Sponsored by Chevrolet
Bay Street and Adelaide Street West
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
Fun House is an interactive performance art installation inspired by the classic carnival fun house.
The public is invited to take a car ride and journey through compelling carnivalesque environments. The
audience becomes immersed in experiences of light, sound and imagery which engulf, scare and surprise.
Sokoloski, as a boy, was compelled by carnivals, specifically the fun houses that took the artist inside
unknown tunnels and chambers and distorted a sense of reality and everyday life. Journeying through these
spaces simultaneously inspired feelings of both fear and elation and the world of familiar images were
experienced with distortions that made them otherworldly. The artist draws from memories of the carnival
pageantry and crafts a living sculpture that a car may pass through. The viewing public can also participate
by transforming their hand held devices into coloured lights by scanning QR codes to help shape and shift
the total experience of the Fun House.
Artist Biography: Thom Sokoloski is the co-founder of Toronto's The Theatre Centre, The Native Theatre
and Autumn Leaf Performance. Thom has produced and directed numerous theatrical works, developed temporal
public art. His artistic and curatorial practice includes; Toronto Art Fair 05, Nuit Blanche 06 and 09
and The Encampment part of Luminato 2012.