The Momentary announces new virtual experience ‘The Journey’ beginning Sept. 29

Scott Silven / Photo: Courtesy

The Momentary has added a little bit of magic to its fall lineup.

Officials this week announced that illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist Scott Silven will bring a new virtual experience titled ‘The Journey’ to the contemporary art space Sept. 29-Oct. 18, 2020.

From the description:

The Journey is set amongst the landscape of Silven’s childhood, where he shares a long-forgotten story that reveals mysteries of the mind and unlocks the secret of his glorious Scottish homeland. Through extraordinary illusions and feats of imagination, The Journey explores the sense of home and the transformative power of place, inviting the audience to discover the path that connects to them to Silven’s past, their own present, and a collective future.

Each performance will be created for 30 participants per show, and each show will be feature “direct interactions and engagement with the audience.

Audience members will receive materials via email to review prior to the performance, including a set of instructions for audience members asking them to consider a memory, and bring an object to the broadcast that could become a key moment in the narrative of the show.

“At this profound moment, we are quickly developing The Journey as a piece that speaks to these times. As soon as the pandemic hit and had us locked down, I knew that I wanted to create something that could connect an audience despite us being physically apart,” said Silven. “This format we are employing affords an amazing opportunity to bring people together who normally wouldn’t share a space—and uses digital technology not as a limitation, but as a compelling element to allow the audience to participate directly with me and shape the events of the show.”

Tickets to the show go on sale to museum Members Sept. 2, and to the public on Sept. 9. The cost is $25 per screen ($20 for Momentary Members). To purchase, visit, call the box office at the Momentary at (479) 657-2335 or email [email protected].