I make fun weird sh*t that connects people.
IRL Experience Design: Past Work
The Stationary 5k, The Austin Messy Homes Tour, Multiple Absurdist Dinner Theaters, the world’s largest playable Cornhole Game, a promotional event called I Got a Bag of Wigs – Let’s Wear Them, a multi-level program to prepare for technological rapture called Singularity Now (not a cult), Slackathlon, (a “decathlon for the rest of us”), a Las Vegas Adventure to fulfill a friend’s lifelong dream, an extremely complicated Seattle Puzzle Adventure, an unholy mashup of mindfulness and entertainment called Mindfultainment, a whole secret experimental event series, and much more.
The Eureka Room
This is my current work and new business.
It is a multi-purpose immersive experience room called The Eureka Room. The mission is to provide joyously absurd experiences through original programming, such as “Turkey Volcano” and “House of Psych”.
Unlike most “immersive experiences”, The Eureka Room is both interactive and interpersonal – you interact with other people and (gasp!) sometimes strangers.
Here are two projects I love to work on when the primordial ooze of ideas is flowing fast.
The Museums Project: I love small, unique museums. Inspired by a fascinating collection of house and boutique museums in Zagreb, Croatia and Iceland, I’ve been brainstorming an ever-growing collection of bizarre, wonderous, participatory, and often challenging “museums”. I have over 200 so far (only a handful are posted on the blog right now and none of them exist IRL).
Awesome Austin Tours By Mike: This tiny ongoing project was inspired by a dicussion my brother and I had about Airbnb and Viator’s “be a local tour guide” experience offerings. These are special tours for discerning individuals who enjoy surreal, absurd, memorable fun.
Best of Austin Lists: I have created lists of awesome things to do in Austin that I maintain regularly. I recommend you check out my Weird Things To Do In Austin list, my Unique Things To Do In Austin list, and my Top 10+ Immersive Austin Experiences list.Follow IRLXD: