Pixinity is the Imaginative Pop-up Art Exhibit That You Can't Miss
Close your eyes and picture a judgement-free zone where you’re able to explore and tap into your long lost inner child. It all sounds too good to be true, right? Think again. Pixinity is a hip, new pop-up art exhibit on 1 York Street that will make you feel like a kid all over again. Whether you’re a kid-at-heart or an adult with kids, there’s no doubt you’ll want to embrace your gloriously carefree side at Pixinity.
Hope is on its way as artist Tianyu Qiu masterfully crafted together 10 out-of-this-world rooms that capture the imagination of both the young and old. With an endless amount of bright colors and familiar gaming icons, guests can expect to endlessly entertain themselves with a variety of lively Instagram-worthy selfies and boomerangs. From a vibrant pink ball pit with an angelic heart backdrop, to dazzling emojis that we shamelessly know all too well, Music & Mojitos believes this is the pop-up exhibit that you can’t afford to miss this year.
Pixinity is more than just fun and games to Qiu. While the exhibit highly encourages all of its guests to goof around and have an amazing time, Qiu created the pop-up for a greater purpose. Partnering with the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks, Pixinity’s main objective is to raise awareness about people living with autism under its moving BORN TO SHINE program. The talented and determined artist opened up to Music & Mojitos in an exclusive interview about what his exhibit personally means to him and his family.
“I have a family member who is autistic,” Qiu tells Music & Mojitos. “She doesn’t verbally talk very much. She talks, but its hard to understand what she’s trying to say.”
While Qiu’s relative has a difficult time stringing verbal words together, she’s incredibly gifted at using computers. She’s able to rapidly pick up on new technology, in addition to effortlessly surfing the Internet and interacting with the rest of the digital world. That is where Qiu started to notice a unique pattern that sparked his creativity.
“She’s one of my inspirations,” says Qiu.
Qiu's relative isn't alone in trying to find innovative ways to communicate. Autism Speaks cites that in 2018, 1 in 59 children were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. With that stunning statistic in mind, Qiu took it upon himself to be the change that he wanted to actively see. Someone had to step up and be the voice for the voiceless.
Guests of Pixinity might be quick to notice that the emoji-like pixel characters (lovingly called “Mignons” by the exhibit’s proud creator) are missing different parts of their faces. That wasn’t an oversight or mistake. Qiu purposefully made an artistic choice to deliver an eye-opening point that shouldn’t get lost when creating that epic, midday Snapchat story for curious friends.
“[The Mignons] are still able to express different emotions. They represent the autistic community. I’m trying to get more autistic kids and families to come in and have fun,” Qiu reveals. “I have special time slots for them. They can enter Pixinity without having to worry about anything else.”
Armed and loaded with an endless supply of heart and soul, Pixinity inspires a much-needed world of optimism that encourages better days for everybody, no matter their circumstances.
The pop-up art exhibit is open to the public and currently running through November 8. Pixinity is also running a Labor Day special that will take $10 off Adults and $5 off kids with the respective promo codes LABORDAY and LABORDAYKIDS.
You can find out more about Pixinity here.