As classically-trained musicians play Antonín Dvořák's “Carnival Concert Overture op. 92," multicolored patterns that coincide with the melody sweep across the walls of the Rudolfinum in Prague, combining antique and modern imagery to give viewers and listeners an immersive and intimate experience. This is SIM/ NEBULA, the newest project by Macula, a collective that uses video projection to shift the perception of their audience to a more nuanced relationship between viewer, image, and sound. The piece combines classical music with projection in a way that, according to the video description, is “shaping the emergence of [a] cybernetic organism counting down its time code in live acoustic waves of classical music.” Commissioned by the Czech Savings Bank in honor of their 190th Anniversary, and performed by the Czech Philharmonic (conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek), the project uses 360˚ video projection to give a new dimension to classical music and the space itself, making both forms of art all the more potent.
Watch an excerpt here:
SIM / NEBULA was performed on September 5, 2015. Click here for more from Macula.