Art collective Crab Devil will unveil new immersive exhibitions in downtown Tampa this month

Gasparilla Music Festival and Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is the place.

click to enlarge Art collective Crab Devil will unveil new immersive exhibitions in downtown Tampa this month
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After a successful exhibition at the 2021 Gasparilla Music Festival, Crab Devil presents two new exhibits at this year's event.

The immersive installation is at GMF Feb. 25 - 27 and the Gasparilla Festival of Arts March 5 - 6. This eclectic exhibit contains "Photonic Vibrations" by creator and St. Petersburg artist Michael Horn and "The Bait Ball" by CEO of Crab Devil, Devon Brady.

"Photonic Vibrations" is made up of panels of animated pixel rings and motion sensors that responds to actions of the audience. “The room cycles through a few different programs, the dancing colors seem almost alive as they respond to your hand or your body,” comments Horn.

"The Bait Ball" is an introduction to the "scale, complexity, and fully-immersive nature" that is contained inside the grand Florida-themed Peninsularium. "[It] explores the exquisite beauty and wonder of a real Florida landscape that is all around us – above our heads and below our feet," says Brady.

Crab Devil is a Tampa-based multimedia art collective with a goal of telling the story of Florida's unique culture through creative expression. They are composed of other art collectives such as Tempus Projects, Cunsthaus, and Experimental Skeleton.

Upon completion, The Peninsularium will be stationed in Ybor Heights, housing experiences like an Old Florida-themed motel room, an LED-clad laundromat, and a skunk ape research lab. Made from an assemblage of shipping containers, the contents intend to celebrate the lore and history of Florida. A concrete grand opening date has not been made at this time.

You can purchase your tickets to the Gasparilla Music Festival on its website. The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is free to attend.

About The Author

Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda

Magazine journalism student with an affinity for music writing. Brandalynn has previously written for Glitter Magazine and was the editor-in-chief/contributor of USF's Her Campus chapter.
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