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A tech and gaming-inspired pop-up is set to open in NYC

Written by
Danielle Valente

We hope there's room in your camera roll. 

A tech and gaming-inspired pop-up from artist Tianyu Qiu, the former creative director behind the whimsical Wonder World installation in Brooklyn, is set to open in SoHo on Aug 16.

With odes to the American Pop Art movement and European Futurism movement, “Pixinity: Pop Futurism” will transport visitors of all ages to a creative universe. This exhibition is one of the most interesting things to do with kids in NYC, and it certainly deserves one of the final spots on your summer bucket list

Photograph: Courtesy Pulse Creative LLC

“Pixinity is my artistic expression of our current technological climate and our extreme reliance on social media and digital culture in our daily lives,” the artist said of his first solo installation. “I asked myself what this might look like in the form of an exhibition. How can I interpret this through materials and space? And so, "Pixinity" was created as the ultimate digital playground to show how social media-driven art can be simultaneously meaningful, playful and critically engaging.”

So what can visitors expect? 

Those who swing by will be led through 10 vibrant rooms chock full of sculptures, pixelated pieces, emoji-like figures, digital and gaming icons and computer-inspired work. (Yes, there's even a ball pit!) As much as "Pixinity" makes for a fun day out—for STEM fans and budding artists alike—the exhibition is about more than photo opportunities. Drawing inspiration from a family member, Qiu added a personal and altruistic factor to his debut solo pop-up. 

Photograph: Courtesy Pulse Creative LLC

"It is my goal to use "Pixinity" as a platform for autism awareness and spark a much needed dialogue about autism support,” said Qiu. “With this in mind, we launched Born To Shine,’ our philanthropic arm that helps and supports autistic children and their families. We are thrilled to be partnering with Autism Speaks, one of the leading autism support organizations nationally, for this exhibit.”

“Pixinity: Pop Futurism” 
will run from Aug 16–Nov 8 at 1 York St in NYC. Adults are $38, children 10 and under are $19. All tickets must be ordered ahead of time. Learn more at

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