MFAH art opening: Shadow Monsters

MFAH art opening: Shadow Monsters
Philip Worthington, Shadow Monsters, 2004–present, Java, Processing, BlobDetection, SoNIA, and Physics software. Reproduced courtesy of the artist

Shadow Monsters, an interactive installation by New York-based British artist Philip Worthington, invites museum visitors to take part in a fully immersive art experience. Participants create their own shadow plays as their silhouettes are recast in fantastic forms. Essentially a digital version of a traditional shadow-puppet theater, Shadow Monsters turns a childhood game of imagination into a reality.

People's hands become mouths with razor-sharp teeth; tongues, eyes and fins appear from every appendage; and birds and dinosaurs squawk throughout the museum's vast Cullinan Hall— all thanks to vision-recognition software that augments visitors' gestures with sound and animation.

On view through Sept. 20.

Event Details


5.23.15 | 10:00 am


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


Ticket Info

Free with museum admission.