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Extended reality is blending the physical and digital realms, transforming real-world spaces into interactive environments. These new experiential spaces make use of sensors, smart cameras, real-time mapping, augmented reality, and other technologies so that digital elements can respond to people as they move. For example, Artechouse produces interactive installations at its Miami Beach, New York City, and Washington, D.C. locations. In a spring 2022 exhibition, an artist used generative algorithms to create audiovisual paintings—imagine swirling colors and sound—while visitors watched and listened. The Shed partnered with High Line Art in New York City to develop “The Looking Glass,” where visitors used an app to see virtual statues dotting the High Line’s walkway, and interactive soundscapes turned on as visitors moved past.

Liminal spaces