THE NEW INFINITY — AUDIOVISUAL PROGRAM RETURNS WITH IMMERSIVE SOUNDS AND COSMIC VISUALS AT THE ZEISS PLANETARIUM
Living our earth-bound lives, it’s hard to imagine how our world looks from the outside. Luckily, giving you an extra-terrestrial glimpse at our planet and its people is what The New Infinity is all about. The futuristic multimedia art series returns to the Zeiss-Großplanetarium (17.-19.09.2021) for its fifth year of immersive audio-visual experiences. The planetarium has been kitted out with a 360-degree sound system and fulldome display – with your seat right in the middle of it all. Making the most of the venue’s size and tech is the New Infinity program: you feel like you’re in a spaceship as you are enveloped in shapes and sounds during the three-part show Grey Interiors, whose world premiere shows on 18.09. A collaboration between LA-based Actual Objects and British musician Actress, this visual composition gives an insight into future climate dystopia. Following this theme, Emeka Ogboh’s The Way Earthly Things Are Going (18. & 19.09.) combines live visuals of the global stock market index with a cappella music from the Pleiades choir.
Getting an even closer glimpse of humanity is Perspicus (17. & 19.09.) from sound-art trio Bendik Giske, Florence To and Bridget Ferrill, who pay homage to our natural breathing rhythms through mesmerising visuals. The line-up also pays tribute to John Whitney, a computer graphics pioneer who was the first to explore the synaesthesiac nature of visual art and sound. A digital version of his 1967 show Homage to Rameau will be shown on 19.09. You can view the full program online.
Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: John Whitney 1967, Whitney Editions, Los Angeles CA; Patricia Detmering (2021); Berliner Festspiele, Mathias Völzke