WDCH Dreams, rendering by Refik Anadol Studio

Since opening in 2003, the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall has been not only a symbol of downtown Los Angeles’s revitalization, but also a harbinger of the city’s ascendance as a major arts center. In a town dominated by entertainment, Gehry’s undulating, shiny steel exterior — literally a silver screen — seems an ideal canvas for an artist to engage with Los Angeles’s cultural landscape.

In celebration of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 100th anniversary, media artist Refik Anadol will transform the building’s façade with dazzling projections based on a century of the institution’s musical history. Working with the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts and Culture, Anadol has mined the orchestra’s digital archives — almost 45 terabytes of data — to create algorithmic visualizations that mimic the process of human dreaming. These “data sculptures” will be projected onto the building through 42 large-scale projectors for nightly 12-minute performances, every half hour between 7:30 and 11:30pm. WDCH Dreams will run for nine days, however an accompanying installation inside at the Ira Gershwin Gallery is open through the end of the season. This interactive installation allows visitors to create their own personal data-driven tour through the Phil’s archives, flying through decades of musical performances via touchscreen interface.

When: Friday, September 28–Saturday, October 6; performances every half hour, 7:30pm-11:30pm nightly, free and open to the public
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 S. Grand Ave., Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info at LA Phil.

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.