Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall illuminates with dream-like visuals

Patterns created by Turkish media artist Refik Anadol are being projected onto the facades of Frank Gehry‘s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles each night for a limited time.

The temporary Walt Disney Concert Hall Dreams light show was developed by the LA-based artist to celebrate the centenary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which currently resides in the Gehry-designed building in the city’s Downtown area.

Displayed every half hour during the evening, the projections include text, photos and patterns generated using artificial intelligence (AI) and the orchestra’s digital archive.

Anadol worked with the Artists and Machine Intelligence programme at Google Arts and Culture to create the series. It involved machine intelligence to parse the philharmonic’s archival material – comprising 587,763 image, 1,880 video, 1,483 metadata, and 17,773 audio files – and turn it into data points.

These were then categorised by hundreds of attributes, and reshuffled. The Los Angeles Philharmonic likened the resulting series to the rearranged “memories” of a human dream.

“To make Walt Disney Concert Hall ‘dream’, Anadol utilised a creative, computerised ‘mind’ to mimic how humans dream – by processing memories to form a new combination of images and ideas,” the organisation said in a statement.

“This ‘data universe’ is Anadol’s material, and machine intelligence is his artistic collaborator.”

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