Out of my element: Reflections on Otherworld (thoughts + playlist)
Two evenings ago I attended an event called Arrival, at the new mixed-media attraction Otherworld, that defies classification.
Arrival was co-produced by Otherworld and Grey Area. Grey Area is an organization in central Ohio that produces events that tend to take on the format of an underground rave. As I wandered about, still dressed in my business casual attire from my day job—I definitely stuck out appearance wise, by looking conservative. However I was still welcomed by everyone I saw. As I paused to take a selfie in one of the rooms some other patrons encouraged me to take my time as I attempted to wave them by.
I’ve been to so many music events at this point that it’s hard for things to feel fresh. However, stepping into the exhibit, the effect of wonderment was instantaneous. The stage had been set by my listening choices earlier that evening; putting on a playlist just called “all time faves” in my car, the dial shifted to MUTEMATH. “Reset,” though I first experienced it 12 years ago (!!!) took on a new light. The grey weather that threatened rain created an ambience that made for quite a mood as I pulled into that abandoned strip center.
I really enjoyed the people watching and dreamy dark ambience curated by the DJs at Grey Area. I would have stayed longer if I had more friends around; the crowd wasn’t exactly 30-something yuppie (looks at self), and I didn’t have work the next morning. Oh, adulting. I got to be a kid again, being interactive and touching items and triggering light events. I especially enjoyed the “organ” stalactites and stalagmites in the forest.
I left inspired to make my own playlist to continue that mood. It contains a bit of darkness, some mystical stuff, some dreamy soundscapes, and otherwise atmospheric tunes. I hope you like it.
For more information about Otherworld, check out their website or their Instagram. Keep an eye out for more events!