New World Symphony

Real-time visual accompaniment to a performance by New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami.

Collaboration between the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami with Parsons School of Design and Mannes College in New York City in 2015. Done in collaboration with Katherine Boehm, we curated a database and provided real-time visual accompaniment to one of the performance pieces - Crumb’s Idyll for the Misbegotten, 1986.

Art Direction involved deciding moods and identifying overarching themes. Several user tests were done to find common threads in visuals that come to mind when listening to the piece. Discussions and visual research were done on themes of melancholia, ancient rituals, religions, nature and war.

The curation for the database included video footage from the following movies surrounding the themes discussed:

Baraka - Samsara - Herz aus glas - Sigur Ros, Heima - Rashomon - 300 - Tibetan Monks - Whirling Dervishes - Ceremony - Roll of Honor - Bali Ritual - Japanese War Newsreel - D-day Footage - Day before D-Day - The Wind Will Carry Us - The Taste of Cherry

Protoype videos were created with several iterations on content and effects. The visuals were performed in real-time alongside the performance at New World Symphony Theatre, Miami, 2015.