Members of Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment company that creates large-scale immersive art installations, will be guest artists at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from April 1-3 .
Laika Young O’Brien, lead designer of the Meow Wolf experience, will make a public presentation at IGNITE from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. on April 1 at the Carson Center, located at 13th and Q St. The event is free and open to the public.
Young O’Brien is one of the most requested speakers on experience and immersive design. They’ll talk about the experience economy, new emerging forms of media art, and what the future holds for immersive design. As lead experience designers, they are responsible for creating meaningful and transformative interactive experiences. Young O’Brien is also the co-founder of No Sleep Studio.
Young O’Brien will be joined by Max Neutra, Meow Wolf Experience Designer, to present a workshop on April 2-3. The workshop is available by request only to emerging media arts and theater majors at the university.
The workshop will focus on the fundamentals of experience design and extended theater, through hands-on rapid prototyping sessions, building technical and creative skills, and more. The workshop will end with a private performance on April 3.
Meow Wolf is a key player in shaping the burgeoning “experience economy”, creating transformative experiences for audiences. They were featured in Fast Company, the BBC, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Economist, as well as top presenters from the interactive media festival, South By Southwest. They are the beneficiaries of a THE A (awarding outstanding themed entertainment and experience design projects around the world), and their impact is so significant that a documentary on their origin story was produced in 2018.
Beginning in 2008 as an informal meeting DIY a Santa Fe artist collective, these collaborative roots lay the groundwork for Meow Wolf’s distinctive style of immersive, maximalist environments that encourage participation. In 2016 they established a permanent installation in Sante Fe, House of Eternal Return, and have since been commissioned to produce permanent immersive experiences in Las Vegas at Area 51 (Omega Mart) and Denver, where in September 2021 they have launched Convergence Station.
For more information on the Meow Wolf residence, visit the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts website.