The Los Angeles Philharmonic has collaborated with media artist Refik Anadol to celebrate our history and explore our future. Using machine learning algorithms, Anadol and his team has developed a unique machine intelligence approach to the LA Phil digital archives – 45 terabytes of data. The results are stunning visualizations for WDCH Dreams, a project that is both a week-long public art installation projected onto the building’s exterior skin and a season-long immersive exhibition inside, in the Ira Gershwin Gallery.
SEPT 28–OCT 6
For WDCH Dreams, the LA Phil is collaborating with media artist Refik Anadol to celebrate our history and explore our future. Using machine learning algorithms, Anadol and his team has developed a unique machine intelligence approach to the LA Phil digital archives, allowing unprecedented access to the orchestra’s past in non-traditional ways. This public art installation will project transformed archival materials onto the exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall in animated, data-driven patterns, seeming to give consciousness to the architectural landmark.
WDCH Dreams Companion Installation
Inside Walt Disney Concert Hall, in the Ira Gershwin Gallery, is an immersive and interactive companion installation, offering a unique, one-on-one experience for each gallery visitor. The exhibition presents the entire LA Phil digital archives in a non-linear fashion. The visitor, via a touchscreen interface, can interact with the archives in multiple ways: via a sunburst timeline; through curated moments highlighting milestones in the LA Phil’s 100-year history; and by delving into to the entire data universe that can be uniquely manipulated by each gallery visitor. The space is re-imagined as a mirrored U-shaped room with two-channel projection. Visuals are projected onto the mirrored surface giving the visitor a truly immersive, 360-degree experience.
The Ira Gershwin Gallery opens to the public on September 28 and will remain open throughout the Centennial season. Visitors can reserve times to access the gallery via The Music Center’s self-guided tour schedule weekdays from 10am – 3pm. Ticket holders to any concert during the Centennial season can access the gallery 90 minutes prior to performances.
Digital Dreams, Analog Past
When the Los Angeles Philharmonic Archives opened its vault to media artist Refik Anadol, he created, with the help of Google’s computational algorithms, the stunning visualizations of WDCH Dreams. In the process of pulling together 45 terabytes of data for the WDCH Dreams project – the equivalent of seventy-five million pages – we gained a deeper appreciation of other forms of information capture and storage. This page provides six reel stories about the LA Phil’s many recorded performances. The reel-to-reel tapes were captured by photographer Elif Karakoc for the WDCH Dreams project.