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Tue, Jul 23


Ijams Nature Center

SPECIAL EVENT: Sorn-Lai Art Exhibition (July 23)

Join in the artistic, and immersive experience that is the Sorn-Lai Art Exhibition at Ijams on July 23 and 24 from 4-8pm. This event is free and open to all ages.

SPECIAL EVENT: Sorn-Lai Art Exhibition (July 23)
SPECIAL EVENT: Sorn-Lai Art Exhibition (July 23)

Time & Location

Jul 23, 2024, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA

About the Event

Sorn-Lai is a public interactive game experience that tasks participants with exploring the First Forest. Audience members can use their phones to scan NFC data tags attached to the scape’s characters and dioramas - uncovering details about the world along the way.

The exhibition features a series of 7 large tabletop dioramas showcasing different environments around the first forest and over 50 character inhabitants of Sorn-Lai, all interwoven in an intricate web of narrative and ecology.

Stories unfolded around the tables are sets of cautionary tales regarding contemporary generative, manufacturing, and integrated technologies; the very technologies the installation is made with while the settings themselves are metaphors for societal trends and attitudes.

This event will happen on July 23 and 24 from 4-8pm each evening. It is a free event and open to all ages. Exhibition will take place on the Plaza outside the Visitor Center. In case of inclement weather, exhibition will move indoors.


Fable X Studio is a game studio specializing in immersive experience design, bringing game/ environmental experiences to real life using contemporary technologies. Recent projects have focused on the quest-driven world of Sorn-Lai and the Saturophage with installations in Knoxville, Tennessee and Bangkok, Thailand. The studio director, James Roha, is an international creative technologist and educator who leverages digital technologies and modeling tools to craft interactive worlds. He currently teaches architecture and design studios at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

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