Back to the (Sur)Real World
elevatenv.com | may 2021
Exploring interactive exhibits with the aid of edibles By Deanna Rilling Re-entering the “real world” after 2020’s pandemic might prompt myriad emotions. Though it may be easiest to fall back in step with the comforting familiar, now is a fantastic time to go full carpe diem by welcoming new experiences. Thanks to three new interactive art installations in Las Vegas, one can reinvigorate the senses. But for some, Covid-19 has prompted pervasive feelings of anxiety, anti-social awkwardness, chronic stress, and more, thus could need a pickme-up before being fully able to set aside worries and trauma. That’s just one of many ways where cannabis could help. Read on to learn more about Area 15, the Museum of Dream Space, Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, and more—plus potentially helpful edible-pairing suggestions for each experience. Instead of loading up on Xanax or drinking a fifth of vodka, legal and regulated cannabis edibles are preferred by many as a safer alternate to find relief. However, as a general rule to note, experts abide by the suggestion to “start low and go slow.” Just like any other new regimen or medication, if you’ve never taken edibles before, test out your tolerance and reaction at home on a separate occasion in advance before heading out in public. Plus, always remember to have a designated driver/ rideshare when you do embark on an adventure. Also, don’t try to sneak in edibles—much like for food or drinks, security will put a kibosh on that upon being searched at entry. That being said, in the name of science, we did some of the research for you with some edible selections currently on the shelves in Las Vegas dispensaries (don’t forget many now offer delivery and curbside). We paired the effects with these different experiences to help remind us and elevate the wonders the real world still has to offer.
AREA 15 A full-day adventure awaits at the Area 15 complex. Though it technically opened last fall, people are finally feeling comfortable to venture out, so may as well go all out on your visit to Area 15. With an overall energetic and vibrant vibe, cerebral stimulation abounds and ooohs-and-ahhhs begin with outdoor sculptures. Once inside, though the interior atrium is engaging, you can choose your own adventure at Area 15 with assorted exhibits. For example, Museum Fiasco “Cluster” by Playmodes Studio is an “immersive sound-and-light spectacle.” This synchronized installation aims to explore the relationship between space, time, and perception for approximately 12 minutes of abstract scenes. For fans of Blue Man Group, “Wink World: Portals into the Infinite” from BMG co-founder Chris Wink offers six infinity multi-media mirror rooms described a “Psychedelic Art House Meets Funhouse.” Additionally, there’s the VR Oz Experience, AR Particle Quest, Brainstorm reaction center, Birdly flight simulator, and an Emporium with a variety of arcade games. For thrill-seekers, check out the Haley’s Comet indoor zipline. The latest addition, Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, can be a day of exploration in itself, so wear comfy shoes and keep your eyes open for clues, plus the mixology bar. And when you’re ready to take a load off and reflect, there’s cocktails in a digital forest, ice cream for the munchies, and The Beast restaurant by chef Todd English. When it comes to medicating with edibles prior to visiting Area 15, cerebral stimulation would be a recommended goal. For this active and engaging choose-your-own-adventure, Sip Elixirs’ Mai Tai shot gave us an uplifting, motivated-yet-chill