Experiencing Mesmerica 360: A Visually Hypnotic Music Journey — Bohemian Visions
Mesmerica 360 is a fully immersive music and art cinematic projection show for planetariums and giant screen theaters by visionary musician James Hood. The show features 360-degree projections and a stunning 7.1 surround sound experience.
While I was figuring out how to write this commentary, I went on YouTube to relive the experience in order to jog my sensory memories. I will say it wasn’t the same. The atmosphere of the theater played a significant role in the experience. The show was hosted at the Dome Theater at the Virginia Museum of Science. Walking into the theatre, everyone had the same reaction lots of whoahs, oohs, and awws. If you have never been to the Dome Theater, the screen covers the entire wall and wraps around the ceiling, causing you to tilt your head back to see above your head.
The entire experience is almost out of body immersive. Because the screen covers the whole range of your vision, the visual stimulation pulls you into the screen. The best way I can describe the experience is a dream-like state where you’re inside of the screen flying, looking down below you. Five minutes into the show I put my phone in my bag, tilted my head back, and there I went on this visual journey. It was the first time my mind was clear of everything and was just processing what I seeing.
Visual and auditory sensory were synced and aligned within my mind. For me, this is huge because I often struggle with clearing my mind, being in the moment holistically, and immersing myself in an experience. Meditating and clearing my mind of work, stress, and the daily circus is very difficult for me. I tend to do multiple things all at once while temporarily bouncing from working on content to researching content, all while periodically glancing at YouTube videos. While this isn’t ideal, this mini chaotic routine is something many could understand. Paying attention or focusing on just one is a struggle for some people to include me.
Mesmerica is a visual journey that clears your mind. For some of the patrons, they fell asleep. If it weren’t for their loud snoring, I wouldn’t have noticed. The three-dimensional art visually captivates you while the music pulls you into the screen. Usually, when I am listening to music, it puts me in a wide variety of moods. But this was different. My eyes took over. One scene felt like I was flying through the planet Pandora from Avatar. While another view felt like I was flying through the ruins of an ancient desert civilization.
The show was more than just listening to music while abstract three-dimensional art filmed on the screen. It was a therapeutic and mindful experience, which felt like a hypnosis session. It was the first time all of my senses were coherent with each other. I wasn’t overloaded, my sense of direction wasn’t disrupted, and didn’t cause sensory confusion resulting in some type of illness or delirium.
I put this experience high up with the Cirque Du Soleil Franchise. If you are looking for a fully immersive sensory experience that puts you in a mindful state and meditative sense of harmony, go check out a James Hood show. I highly recommend purchasing your tickets early since it’s very popular and they sell out quickly. Unfortunately, words in a review can’t fully convey how phenomenal this show is. I seriously can’t emphasize this enough. If James Hood is in your city…GO!
Do you, Be you, Love You
Originally published at https://bohemianvisions.com on January 1, 2020.