If you’re in the Lower Mainland and you’re looking for something to do with the kids during spring break, you should check out Syncra, which is currently installed in the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive in Vancouver.
The space is dark, with projectors everywhere displaying graffiti-like images, lights flashing, and electronic dance music pulsing through speakers throughout the space.
What you soon realize is that the lights are strobing in conjunction with the music.
And you can interact with all of it.
Scattered in Syncra are boxes with levers and dials and switches, and you can use them to manipulate the entire experience. You can change the pitch or compression on the music or alter the colour or shape of the lights. There are a couple of areas where you can move around and sensors will detect your movement and translate it into digital images on screens.
There are illusions to see and games to play and a few places where you can immortalize yourself in a distorted image that you can download on a smartphone using a QR code that is generated after your picture is taken.
It’s a fun way to spend some time with the kids and I bet older kids are having even more fun here with their friends later in the evening. There’s a counter where you can buy food and drinks if you want to spend a longer time in the space.
Syncra is running until March 26. Get your tickets here.