- Teresa Gubbins, CultureMap

An art-themed pop-up that was the buzz of Uptown Dallas returns for a second round.

Called Psychedelic Robot 2.0, it’ll debut on June 7 at the Bivins Gallery, located in the Crescent, where it will feature 13,000 square feet of interactive, multimedia installations from local and international artists in the realms of fashion, sculpture, painting, photography, video, music, costuming, and performance.

The brainchild of Bivins Gallery owners Karen and Michael Bivins, Psychedelic Robot first debuted in 2018 as a 10-day pop-up experience. Due to popular demand, it stayed open for three sold-out months, drawing thousands of patrons and generating a volley of Instagram posts.

The exhibit is part of a wave of “experiential” events such as Candytopia and Sweet Tooth Hotel, which eschew passive enjoyment in favor of active participation, with elements that encourage viewers to become physically involved, often for the goal of taking selfies.

A release says that Psychedelic Robot 2.0 will allow people to experience art like never before, showcasing works from a strong contingency of talent.

“We hope people are going to have fun, first and foremost,” says gallery co-owner Michael Bivins. “We hope it will be informative, unpretentious, and inclusive, and are confident that 2.0 will be a social highlight for those who take part, near and far.”

The exhibit will also be bigger than the first Psychedelic Robot, with room for more involved activations. Visitors will follow an engaging and immersive pathway through robust vignettes.

Participants include street artist Mr. Brainwash, graffiti artist Le Cash, Dallas mixed-media artist Travis “not.travis” McCann, muralist Joe Skilz, anonymous French artist Punk Me Tender, pop culture artist Cristóbal, collage artist Dain, and more.

The pop-up will follow the gallery’s 1969: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged exhibit which, like Psychedelic Robot, blurs the boundaries between immersive and traditional art exhibition.

Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at psychedelicrobot.com.

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