HUBweek // Immersion

A Nighttime Live Arts Experience.

Each night, The HUB comes alive through light, sound and performance. 

Immersion, a 3-night experiential live arts experience, will take place Oct. 12-14th throughout The HUB, amongst shipping containers and geodesic domes, on stages big and small, and in unexpected locations. Featuring dozens of roving performances and experiences, including film screenings, performing arts, multimedia installations, light art, and immersive environments, Immersion is designed to awaken creativity and showcase innovative work and techniques at the intersections of art, science, and technology.

Registration to Immersion is free with The HUB Pass. Select events within Immersion require individual registration or passes. Grab the details below!

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Presenting: Brutal Rhythm

Each night, Masary Studios will present “Brutal Rhythm,” an original music, light, dance and video composition inspired by the brutalist architecture of Boston’s iconic City Hall. Various scores will be created in collaboration, one feeding the other, resulting in a united and bold statement that embraces the spirit of innovation, all while performed inside a wall of stacked shipping containers at the center of The HUB.

Experience Live Peformances

Taking place throughout The HUB, amongst shipping containers and geodesic domes, on stages big and small, and in unexpected locations.


    Ian Diver

    Nightclub is a performance piece that showcases local queer nightlife characters in Boston. They are dressed in larger than life colorful outfits that not only show the pride of our queer community, but also show the grandness of their imaginations.This ensemble performance exposes the artistry of queer nightlife to those who normally wouldn’t get to experience it.

    Liminal Activations

    Sarah Slifer Swift

    Liminal Activations are several performance scores for 4 dancers that responds to crowds, light, sound, and architecture with the goal of activating various sites around The HUB for 3 nights of the festival. It explores the edge where what is fabricated (in an environment, a technology, an event) meets the human experience.

    Ben Cosgrove

    Ben Cosgrove

    Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles a line between folk and classical music. His “electric and exhilarating” live performances are at once dazzling and intimate: music that has been described as “stunning” and as “compelling and powerful,” all presented with warmth, honesty, and “the easy familiarity of a troubadour.”

    Krip-Hop Nation

    Krip-Hop Nation: The Crossroads Experience is a performance using original music and poetry along with imagery taking the audience on a journey through experiences of being black in the world of disability. With Mr. Moore's deep and soulful words - poetry becomes the orator of tales of timely and timeless topics. Mr. Jones scores the "Experience" with a funky soundtrack along with verses from there collaborations - the crossroads illuminates the often untold tales behind the headlines and the challenges faced while being Black and Disabled in America.

Visit Another Universe

The swissnex Dome is a full-dome structure that allows a 360° spatialization of images and sounds, taking the audience on a fully immersive and unique experience. At HUBweek 2017, the swissnex Dome will host Swiss, American, and Canadian programming such as full-dome projections, digital performances, cosmic yoga sessions, panel discussions and workshops. Immersion experiences include:

    Live: Disorder 3D–Digital Choreography

    Oct 12 | 08:00 10:00 PM

    A video/dance performance based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The trip takes you back in time on an adventure to resurrection–from the birth to the memory of the dancer.

    SAT Fest 2017

    Oct 12 14 | 03:00 06:30 PM

    The SAT Fest is the Society for Arts and Technology’s annual short-film festival showcasing some of the best immersive achievements recently created at the SAT and around the world.

    Modulate Live–Dance Party

    Oct 14 | 09:15 10:45 PM

    The swissnex Dome will be transformed into an immersive dance floor where you can indulge yourself in another dimension.

    Fullscale Dome-ination

    Oct 12 15

    A selection of award-winning fulldome short films by artists Sean Caruso and Red Light Misfits, active within the Canadian collective NEST Immersion.


    Oct 12 15

    Open doors: come in, lay down, relax and experience the swissnex Dome as if you were traveling through galaxies and time.

    Planetary Explorations

    Oct 15 | 02:00 02:30 PM

    "Cycle" and "Waiting Far Away", two shorts that will take you on an exploratory trip, wandering between one universe to the other.

Explore Dozens of Immersive Exhibits

Immersive containers transform and participatory projects come to light (literally) as the sun sets.

    Enchanted Forest

    Andrew Ringler, Saul Baizman, Fish McGill

    Enchanted Forest is magical interactive experience for all ages, taking place on the Government Center promenade. The Forest contains multiple hands-on exhibits and responds to the natural environment, as it highlights the role of trees as an essential part of our public health infrastructure.

    Go to the Light: Neon Dream

    Helen Popinchalk and Morgan Grenier, Trifecta Editions, and Jay LaCouture, AntiDesigns

    Go to the Light: Neon Dream is a unique, immersive black light experience! Drawing inspiration from interior design and all that glows and fluoresces in the natural world, they create a dayglow cavern – the ultimate neon clubhouse that combines elements of interior environments with ephemera and 3-D objects inspired by nature.

    Philips Aura


    Aura is an interactive sound and light work that responds to presence, becoming an experience that allows people to connect with light and sound in new ways. Its creation stemmed from a project at Philips Lighting Design, exploring the role of light in every-day life.

    Shadow Coding

    Karen Schoucair and Rachelle Villalon

    Shadow Coding is an experiment that transforms the small confines of a physical space into an interactive and engulfing spatial experience, emanating from the larger than life responsive shadows of everyday objects. The shadows respond to physical human gestures when they are touched against a walled surface, allowing an individual to step into another dimension of still life objects seen from an object’s point of view.


    Elisa Hamilton and Now + There

    "Slideshow" is a series of curated slide talks by ten Boston-area women, each featuring a week in the presenter's life, as documented by her in 25 images. Using analog Kodak slides, Slideshow invites you to peer into the lives of women throughout Boston -- women who often go unnoticed or unrecognized, and who will share their lives with the public in their own words and images. "Slideshow" is a project by Elisa H. Hamilton, whose work elevates the ordinary to extraordinary, and co- presented/supported by Now +There, which supports the work of artists who raise up voices often unheard in Boston. Now + There is a non profit organization dedicated to creating impactful public art projects in Greater Boston.


    Philip Gedarovich

    There are myriad forms of media which abstract and transform the self in varying degrees. TriMe takes this abstraction a step further, by removing all concrete physical properties of the self, replacing them instead with a digital triangulation of the human form and providing the opportunity for gestural expression and play.


    Clint Baclawski

    Drawing inspiration from the pioneering spirit of the California Light and Space movement, this work moves the medium into newly deconstructed ground beyond the tradition and constraints of a photographic frame. Light itself is reconfigured. The bulb becomes the medium. The photographic image takes an unexpected form like the stanzas of a sonnet or the sequencing of notes in a music composition.


    Jason Hoelscher and Jessamy McManus, Umwelt Operations Unlimited, Will Penny, Michael Porten, and Britt Spencer, Widowmaker Collective, Jeff Schmuki and Wendy DesChene, PlantBot Genetics

    POLLINATE intertwines artistic creativity and science / tech / biology with coevolutionary aesthetics to explore issues of collaboration cascades, fragility, and robustness in terms of conceptual attractors and complex adaptive network ecologies.

Take Your Immersion Experience to the Next Level

At the Nightly Immersion Party, let loose and unwind as the music takes you on a journey. With the Immersion Party Pass, you'll gain access to: The Domes@Night at The HUB • Bars and the Immersion Lounge (21+) • Live entertainment including DJs, VJs, and projections • Signature experiences and performances.

Sign Up for Immersion

Registration for The HUB Pass includes many Immersion experiences