MSME (pronounced “Miss Me”) is a brand new interactive museum destination in Santa Barbara, perfect for exploring the next generation of media arts.
Interact with your body and senses — view light shows with friends, experience it on a date night, or bring the family to this energy-filled mecca of interactive art and kinetic wonder.
Most of the artworks are designed for interaction from a distance, by moving the body. The community can experience it together while being safely apart, and feel connected through the imagery and sound.
The museum was envisioned by reclusive genius Randall Havernathy, from his laboratory atop Route 154 overlooking Santa Barbara. Most locals had never heard of him as he lived off the grid, but he was also frequently seen quietly roaming around Santa Barbara art and music venues by the few who knew him.
He spent his latter years inventing and studying esoteric branches of physics, anthropology and history. In his will, he called for the creation of the Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences. Mysteriously, he specified certain artists, and certain codes or elements to be added to many of the artworks. We’re still not sure what those codes are intended for or how they change the artworks, but are interested to see what happens in the months ahead.
Randall believed, as we all do at MSME, in the power of art and the body’s movement. The experiences inside are primarily created by Santa Barbara media artists – raised locally, or transplants, or alumni of UCSB’s Media Arts & Technology program. Randall envisioned a magical space, which we have sought to create.
As the world changes, so does art. But a creative community will stay constant. We invite you to enter a new, safe place to interact with art and feel connected.