Hong Kong mall Airside is hosting the world’s first digital art aquarium, Blutopia, which gives visitors the chance to explore marine ecology in a unique way. The exhibition, which was conceptualised by A.L.A.N (Artists Who Love Animals and Nature) creates a multisensory art experience by combining immersive environmental art with interactive exhibits.

Blutopia is divided into two parts. The first is a large-scale multimedia exhibition at the GATE33 Gallery that takes visitors through different ocean zones, each distinguished by the extent of sunlight penetration. Starting with the ‘Sunlight Zone’, the exhibit then transitions into the ‘Twilight Zone’ before culminating in an immersive ‘Deep Ocean’ exploration.

symphilia exhibit at hong kong bluetopia
The ‘Symphilia’ exhibition is a large-scale coral reef installation that uses Mixed Reality.

This section of the exhibition also has artworks such as ‘Symphilia’ — a large-scale coral reef installation that fuses Mixed Reality (MR) with the art of crochet by Indonesian artist Mulyana, and ‘Colourful Jellies’ — a giant interactive light installation that simulates the light emitted by jellyfish when sensing the proximity of other species. 

The immersive interactive installation, ‘Aquatics’ by German artist Philipp Artus, allows visitors to create entirely new species of deep-sea creatures. Other displays include a large-scale sound installation called ‘Song From The Deep’ by local composer Daniel Lo and sound designer Lawrence Lau, and the Cyberpunk-infused work ‘Bluetopia’ by digital visual artist Desmond Lo.

Visitors can check out immersive displays that replicate the environment of the depths of the ocean.

Then, there’s the ‘hidden’ part of the exhibition at L216, where visitors can immerse themselves in a pulsating light-and shadow-display created by digital art and get a sense of what it is like in the depths of the ocean.

Admission to Blutopia is free, but visitors must first register for the event. The ‘Symphilia’ MR experience is only suitable for visitors aged 12 years old and above, but younger children can participate in the Augmented Reality version. Registrations are open on a first-come-first-served basis.

See also
Vquarium, Hong Kong’s First Virtual Deep-Dive Aquarium, Will Open In 2025 At 11 Skies

Airside opened in September 2023, and is built on the site of the historic Kai Tak Airport. It is housed in a 47-storey multi-complex and spread over 700,000 square feet. The highlights of the mall are its indoor surfing venue, a 900-seat movie theatre, and a flight experience zone.

Share this article with your friends ~
5/5 - (1 vote)

From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

Comments are closed.