'Mix-Tape' at The Womb – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Atlas Obscura

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

'Mix-Tape' at The Womb

An interactive installation held in the psychedelic arts center founded by the frontman of the Flaming Lips. 

This immersive, interactive artspace adds a 20th-century twist to classic audio autobiography. It’s now housed in The Womb. Drenched with vibrant murals of robots and trippy geometric shapes, The Womb stood out from anything else in downtown Oklahoma City.

The arts complex—where you could find colorful contemporary art shows, music performances, a creative agency, and a store—wass the brainchild of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. Coyne co-started the Womb in 2011 with collaborators Rick Sinnett and Jake Harms, and it was not unusual to see some spare props from Flaming Lips stage shows like a mammoth disco ball or laser-shooting hands.

The long-running Oklahoma rock band, known for their psychedelic performances involving UFOs, dancing giant rabbits, and earnest music about life and death, has always been visually creative, and this was a place where you might dance in a thick smoke machine fog one night, or see some strange experimental music performance the next. 

The exterior main mural by Maya Hayuk was just one of the many rotating art experiments, including an actual “womb room” inside where you entered a not-too-subtle recreation of the art complex’s anatomical namesake, and wall paintings by visiting artists, all with the very DIY approach that has characterized the weird world of the Flaming Lips. 

After a few years of sitting idly by, The Womb became the new home of the permanent immersive art installation called “Mix-Tape,” created by local art collective, Factory Obscura. Here, visitors can enjoy Coyne’s installation “The King’s Mouth” and an interactive window display called “Boombox.”

Know Before You Go

Check out Factory Obscura's website for hours of the Mix-Tape installation.

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