LA Phil’s “in/SIGHT” series, mixing video art with Stravinsky and Varèse

Posted on: October 7, 2014

“The Los Angeles Philharmonic is attempting to redefine the classical concert hall experience for the 21st century, thus transforming the stereotypically stuffy field into an unorthodox space for multidisciplinary exploration,” writes Priscilla Frank in Thursday’s (10/2) Huffington Post. “Its new programming series, titled ‘in/SIGHT’ … features four independent collaborations … which will take place between November 2014 and May 2015. ‘in/SIGHT’ kicks off [November 6] with ‘Visions of America: Amérique,’ a collaboration between conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and video artist Refik Anadol. The work explores early 20th century work by figures including Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varèse just after they emigrated to the U.S.… ‘I enjoyed the idea of creating a performance using the entire space as a canvas,’ Anadol explained…. ‘Instead of creating a media screen, there will be a story inside the space…. It’s a kind of feedback system that reacts to how the orchestra is playing…. The system is extremely site specific. There is no screen. We are making space into a storyteller.’ … The year’s other performances include interpretations of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Dudamel, Mackey & Reich’ with new work from multimedia artists Netia Jones, Finn Ross, and Beryl Korot.”

Posted October 7, 2014

Pictured: An image by video artist Refik Anadol for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s November “in/SIGHT” concerts