WDCH Dreams creates an immersive journey of both time and space analyzing 100 years of LA Phil performances with machine intelligence. This installation augments information from every concert season to procedurally generate a tangible and interactive representation of LA Phil’s repertoire. —Refik Anadol
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.
To actualize this vision, Anadol is employing 42 large scale projectors, with 50K visual resolution, 8-channel sound, and 1.2M luminance in total. The resulting patterns, or “data sculptures,” formed by the machine’s interpretation of the archives will be displayed directly onto the undulating stainless-steel exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall.
WDCH Dreams’ accompanying soundtrack was created from hand-picked audio from the LA Phil’s archival recordings. Sound designers Robert Thomas and Kerim Karaoglu augmented these selections by using machine-learning algorithms to find similar performances recorded throughout the LA Phil’s history, creating a unique exploration of historic audio recordings. —LA Philharmonic
“From September 28 through October 6, L.A.-based media artist Refik Anadol — with the help of a team that includes Gehry’s own firm — will launch WDCH Dreams, a barrage of vibrant three-dimensional projections fired onto the building’s facade. . . .
“To achieve this, Anadol and his studio, employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms created with Google Arts and Culture’s Artists and Machine Intelligence program, organized millions of data points scanned from the L.A. Phil’s archives into hundreds of attributes. . . .
“‘Every single shape will represent a data point from the archive,’ sums up Anadol. ‘It’s treating algorithms like a brush.’”