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HOT•BED presents: WAITING ROOM/Immersive Art for Wellbeing





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Saturday, 17 September 2022 to Saturday, 19 November 2022
Saturday, 17 September 2022 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

HOT•BED is pleased to present WAITING ROOM, a six person show featuring works by Aidan Fowler, Alyson Denny, Lyn Godley, Jessica Judith Beckwith, Philip Hart, Yael Erel, and the winners of the 2022 Immersive Arts for Health Student Design Competition (IAHSDC). 

Research shows that art can have a positive impact on healthcare environments. Most existing research in this field focuses on painting, prints, and sculpture. More recent studies examine the use of virtual reality in pain management and anxiety reduction. One of the methods in this process is the use of immersive experiences. Artists and interactive designers have long used light as a medium to create dynamic sensory experiences. Solid state lighting, coding, and digital projection mapping have amplified the possibilities of this field. In healthcare environments where patients are often confined for extended periods of time, this type of immersive experience is not only potentially beneficial as a stress reducer, but may offer patients a level of agency over their environment. 

Works included in this show use light, shadow, and movement to create immersive experiences that mesmerize, enchant, and captivate. Each installation is a “waiting room” for the audience to spend time becoming immersed in experiences of calm, inspiration, and transformation. WAITING ROOM also features the winning entries of the 2022 IAHSDC organized by the Jefferson Center of Immersive Arts for Health, a design, research, and academic initiative dedicated to studying the impact of dynamic and interactive art on healing. As part of ongoing research, viewers will be able to take part in a survey to collect feedback on their individual experiences of the installations. 

WAITING ROOM will be on view September 17 - November 19, 2022, with an opening reception September 17th from 6-9 PM, and a closing reception November 19th from 6-9 PM. To RSVP, please visit

A panel hosted on October 15, 2022 by HOT•BED as part of DesignPhiladelphia will feature artists and medical professionals in conversation about the process of creating these works and their effects.

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About Alyson Denny

Alyson Denny manipulates light experimentally to make abstract still photographs and moving images. She is interested in the raw emotional power of light and its effect on mood and energy. Denny has a background in theatrical lighting and projections. She has been a performing member of the Joshua Light Show since 2008, and in that capacity has performed improvised light abstractions with numerous musicians, including Terry Riley, Lou Reed, and Oneohtrix Point Never.

She has shown her photography regularly, and has been reviewed by the New Yorker and the New York Times. Her moving images have been installed in two residences in NYC. One of her moving images is on permanent display in the lobby of Radian, a residential tower in Boston. Denny studied physics and filmmaking at Harvard. She has guest-lectured widely and is currently on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.


About Aidan Fowler

Aidan Fowler aims to push the viewer into an altered state where they can step out of their normal thought patterns and experience the feeling of being present in the current moment. His work mostly consists of physical illusions in the form of sculptures using LEDs, lenses, speciality films, and camera tracking to create objects which look like they should not be able to exist or appear to be computer renders. These physical illusions, oftentimes deal with mental illusions which are often ignored such as the relativity of time, something he is obsessed with, and perhaps how the very existence of time only exists because of humanity's blurred vision of reality. 

As part of Fowler’s postdoctoral artist residency at NYU TISCH ITP he is currently working on video infinity mirrors, a concept he created for his thesis. One of the mirrors is currently displayed in the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia and another will be displayed at Currents New Media Festival in 2022. In addition to light sculpture, Fowler works with machine learning in the form of General Adversarial Networks, creating models that output renders which look like real life media. He uses these models to exemplify the inherent bias and dangers of AI as well as explore the boundaries of what can be considered capital “A” art by using layered generated media combined with physical sculpture and projection.

About Lyn Godley

Lyn Godley has crossed borders between fine arts, interiors, product, furniture, lighting, and jewelry. Her designs, both through Lyn Godley Design Studio and as former partner of Godley-Schwan (1984-1998) have been exhibited internationally and acquired by international museum and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, MAD Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, MUDE Museum, and  Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

For the last 24 years she has focused her attention on art with light as her primary medium. Although circuitry, coding, digital mapping play important roles in Godley’s work, she combines these with traditional artistic media: watercolor, pastel, charcoal, etc. Her sensibilities result in delicate adjustments of media in response to light as it travels through and reflects off their surfaces. This grounding in material studies is further enriched by her research into psychological and physiological effects that imagery, light and color have on viewers. Her work is the result of these ongoing investigations, provoking questions regarding how the merger of light and materials might be used to speak to us, to mesmerize, to excite, to calm, and to heal. 

Lyn Godley is a full time Professor of Industrial Design at Thomas Jefferson University. Through the Department of Industrial Design, she is developing a Cross-Disciplinary concentration in Lighting Design with a focus on the Experience of Light.  She is the founder and Director of The Jefferson Center of Immersive Arts for Health (JCIAH), which serves as a platform for collaborative teaching, research, and prototyping where dynamic and interactive design technologies fuse with patient experience.

About Jessica Judith Beckwith

Jessica Beckwith is a Philadelphia and New York-based immersive installation artist. Her career began in theater performing, directing, and designing sets. Driven by a desire to encompass the viewer, she began exploring new ways of using media and light to create immersive spaces. 

Mentioned in the New York Times for her “mystical theater” in Wholeness, an installation for Portal / Governors Island Art Fair, Jessica’s projections and multi-media installations have been included in exhibitions both nationally and internationally— notably at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Performa 13, Portal / Governors Island Art Fair, Galleria Ca D'Oro, and Hodjapasha Cultural Center, Istanbul. 

In her work, Beckwith explores the subtle unity between observer and observed and ways in which perception and thought shape reality. By activating the senses through a language of light, sound, collaged video projection, and pulse, she creates a felt space of embodied knowledge and connection.

Beckwith’s work draws from physics and the idea of light as a conduit for knowledge, energy, and healing. She is interested in eliciting and engaging in dialogue around how we think and produce knowledge, and the interplay of consciousness and memory in the way we live in our bodies, our communities, and on earth.

About Philip Hart

Philip C. Hart was a philosophy major at Haverford College and later studied architecture at the Boston Architectural College. He worked for firms in Boston before moving to Maine in 1986. In Maine, his focus was on designing public schools until his retirement in 2010. Since then, he has engaged in a process of discovery through the medium of mobiles.

His work is based in an exploration of pattern recognition, which is fundamental to language, intelligence, and memory. The composition of his mobiles is based on form, order, and balance. He is concerned with the fragility, malleability, and resilience of consciousness. In the vocabulary of this work, motion is as much a subject of it as is its composition.

His mobiles are constructed with simple materials: wire, sheet metal, and fishing line. 

Philip C. Hart lives with his wife Susan in Philadelphia, PA.

About Yael Erel

As an architect and light artist, Yael Erel sees light as a material that allows us to construct dynamic environments oscillating between drawing, sculpture and architecture. She uses simple means–a point light source and a reflector–to amplify minuscule conditions normally overlooked. The result unfolds micro-scale events as otherworldly light drawings on an architectural scale. 

Erel uses light as a device to create live drawings that change in real time. She uses a combination of digital fabrication and handcraft to develop three-dimensional reflectors. As light reflects off the surface, it transcribes three-dimensional information coded in minute scale in the material into visible, spatial two-dimensional light projection. As the reflector changes, so do the light drawings, creating a dynamically changing lightscape that engages the viewer in a meditative gaze. 

Erel’s work ranges in scale from small light-box objects to full architectural and urban spaces. The intent of her work is to engage the viewer’s curiosity and extend their way of seeing their environment. As viewers interact with the work, microscopic transcription blends aspects of natural sciences with spatial reverie.

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Established in 2017, HOT•BED is a gallery and creative lifestyle space in Philadelphia that unites art, horticulture, and design. Helmed by Creative Director, Bryan Hoffman, HOT•BED is a catalyst and a conduit for futures not yet realized. It’s a gathering place, not unlike the Paris Salons of the Nineteenth century, where visitors and artists alike have the opportunity to collaborate, exhibit, and explore new ideas in a welcoming and judgment-free environment.

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723 Chestnut Street, Floor 2

Philadelphia, PA 19106

HOT•BED Gallery , Philadelphia

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