celebrating creativity & imagination with robin birdd
If you’ve heard of the X-Men comic books, you might know about “The Danger Room”: a fictional training facility appearing first in X-Men #2. “’The Danger Room’ acts as a facility that changes depending on what the characters want the space to be,” Robin Birdd noted, pausing to consider the inspiration for her own Danger Room. Robin Birdd and Jeffrey Yip wanted their version to be as much a place for creative imagination as possible: “Every time Danger Room pops up, there’s a new scenario,” Birdd explained.
The Danger Room, a whimsical place of discovery, is first and foremost an interactive space intended to push the limits of the imagination. “With the use of light, texture, and sound, the artists engage the human senses in the temporal unknown,” she clarified. “People were afraid to go in. It’s supposed to be mysterious,” Birdd smiled. But more than anything, like the X-Men one before it, The Danger Room emphasizes training the senses: in a sort of unstructured play, people can imagine anything they want to see.
The Danger Room was first exhibited at the 2015 Oakland Music Festival, which was then filled with a thousand balloons illuminated only by digital projections. “Jeff and I started to collaborate on immersive environments, trying to create a platform we could use consistently,” Birdd described. “With this idea, we’re able to do fun, imaginative things, but within the constraints of The Danger Room. The display accomplishes something different, however: it transports people into a new environment by inviting them to imagine what’s possible.
FIGMENT Project is dedicated to showcasing unique and immersive art like Birdd’s. For the artists—who first teamed up to create The Danger Room—the process of collaboration helped them create a project true to their inspirations. While X-Men served as the springboard for both versions of the Danger Room, “as far as the clouds go, we wanted it to be about play, whereas X-Men is all about strategies.” Ultimately, FIGMENT, like The Danger Room, is designed to be a platform where you can step out of your nine-to-five—the duties of your daily grind—and just dream.
Like the Oakland Music Festival, FIGMENT attracts many bright and captivating minds, makers, and families alike. The Danger Room can make participants feel weightless, buoyed by the feeling of the sky and the clouds. Allow us to transport you there: submit your own creative projects to FIGMENT, or simply enjoy the limitless creativity ability of FIGMENT artists. Come dream with us.
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