From Dec. 5-9, Refinery29 is inviting the people of Los Angeles to expand their reality. In its fourth year, 29Rooms creates an interactive experience that brings to life installations revolving around social and cultural aspects of music, art, style, entertainment, technology, and issues in society. This year’s “Expand Your Reality” theme produced 29 activations with collaborators such as Lena Waithe, Kesha, and Cocovan; each artist was on hand to celebrate the opening on Dec. 4, at The Reef, in Downtown, Los Angeles.
At the start of the night, Waithe shared what went into curating her own exhibit. “Oh Say Can You See” is the Emmy winner’s four-part video installation that she crafted around the idea of “surrounding people with an experience about what it means to be Black in America and the juxtapositions that go along with that.” How does this expand people’s realities? Waithe tells AXS, “That’s up to them. You can either walk into it with an open mind, or not, and I hope people do.”
Each person we spoke with had a different idea on what expanding your reality looks like. According to “13 Reasons Why” actress, Anne Winters, it’s about facing your fears. Diona Reasonover, from “NCIS,” says it’s about opening yourself up to new possibilities. “School of Rock” star, Jade Pettyjohn, describes it as a having the ability to listen. Model, Broderick Hunter, explains it as elevating who you already are.
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