Experiential art has reached a new peak, with the launch of Mysterious Al’s SPOOKHOUSE. Part fairground ghost train, part haunted house, and part gallery, the immersive exhibition is like nothing Melbourne has seen before.
Mysterious Al put lockdown (and the months before) to good use, creating over 70 new pieces of art, and sourcing and installing a fairground ghost train, all to bring his SPOOKHOUSE vision to life. The entire project took two years.
Visitors are ushered into an eerie and nostalgic ghost train car and jolted along a journey of twists and turns, flashing lights, surprise sirens, and artwork popping out from behind corners, just like in a real haunted house.
After the ghost train experience, visitors are able to browse the full range of artwork. The pieces are based on ancient tribal masks with a colourful and contemporary twist. The oversized eyes and multicoloured facial features have a playful feel, some reminiscent of dogs, fish, or ducks, and myself after five martinis.
Mysterious Al is renowned for putting art exhibitions in unusual locations, but a ghost train has to be by far the most unexpected and entertaining. The exhibition runs through 28 March, and tickets ($12 for adults) can be purchased at here.
– Ember Mitchell
Ember is an American turned Aussie. Her love affair with Melbourne goes back five years, and she still can’t get enough of this city! Discovering new hideouts and hidden gems around Melbourne is her hobby. Marketing Strategist by day, spontaneous adventurer, brekky enthusiast, and aerial acrobat by night.
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Part fairground ghost train, part haunted house, and part gallery, the SPOOKHOUSE exhibition is like nothing Melbourne has seen before.