Flandrau's dome lights up with 'Samskara'

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Clip from the press screening of the Samskara Art Show at the Flandrau Planetarium on Thursday in Tucson, Ariz. The show is a collaboration of multiple artists inspired by their travels to India and belongs to the psychedelic imagery genre.

This weekend the University of Arizona is offering a unique opportunity for students to watch “Samskara,” a new, full-dome show at the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. 

The show was created by Andrew “Android” Jones, the world-renowned digital artist, and will only be shown this weekend.

“Samskara” will play at Flandrau Planetarium on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13 at both 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets for the show are $12 and are available online as well as in the box office.

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It includes visually stimulating, animated illustrations along with the music of Tipper, an EDM and trip-hop artist. Jones’ creations are described as electromineralism with a propensity of Pop-Shamanism, according to Shiloe Fontes, who is in charge of design and operations at the planetarium.

Fontes said “Samskara” is “a lot to take in. The dome being so low makes it a lot more immersive.” She said she agrees that Jones created a show that presents a pretty intense world. 

Clip from the press screening of the Samskara Art Show at the Flandrau Planetarium on Thursday in Tucson, Ariz. The show is a collaboration of multiple artists inspired by their travels to India and belongs to the psychedelic imagery genre.

“This captivating world was picked up because Android Jones has always been [so] interested in getting into the VR/3D area that soon enough a company saw his artwork and believed it would be an amazing thing to try to put into a show,” Fontes said.  

The show was put together by multiple artists, including Craola, Chris Saunders and, of course, Android Jones. 

This show differs from many other displays shown at the UA planetarium, because it uses full-dome projection, according to Shipherd Reed, the associate director of Communications at the Planetarium.

“Using the full dome truly creates a different level of imagery,” Reed said. He said he believes that “Samskara” is really an art-entertainment show that is entering a whole new realm of full dome shows. 

Reed also said he believes that this style is a new way artists are starting to express themselves and that he hopes the turnout will be large enough to bring the show back, with all its uniqueness and artsy illusiveness. 

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Ross Wofford, a student who attended the media preview show, exclaimed that this show has a “wavy vibe.” He also expressed how immersive and in-depth the artwork in the show was and explained that “Samskara” is a show that has a plot and story line, but it can still be whatever the viewer wants to make it.

Wofford’s favorite parts of the show were “the visual trips with Mother Earth and how the show symbolizes the world’s current situation of where we were before and where we are now.” 

Reed explained that “Samskara” can be a different experience for everyone. There are so many different aspects of the show that can be appreciated, so Jones has certainly left his mark. 


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