as a musical ritual
We developed the visual identity for Song of the Ambassadors working closely with K Allado-McDowell. The Opera, a work in progress, was previewed at Lincoln Center October 25th, 2022.
Conceived by K Allado-McDowell, Song of the Ambassadors reimagines opera as a musical ritual producing scientific understanding about the effects of music on the body and mind.
It is first and foremost an opera. It is also a meditation and a neuroscience experiment. The music is by composer Derrick Skye, whose work draws from classical traditions spanning the world, and integrates advanced electronics and instrumental techniques. The libretto is a hymn to the sun, space, and life written by K Allado-McDowell using the AI language model GPT-3, performed by three vocalists representing the opera's titular ambassadors.
The neuroscience experiments are performed by a team of scientists from UCSD, who record and analyze brainwaves, heart rate and subjective feedback of subjects in the audience. An EEG cap worn by Lincoln Center's Chief Artistic Officer, Shanta Thake, will create AI-generated projections during the performance, provided by visual artist Refik Anadol, complimented by set designs from Marcos Lutyens.
Interspecies Future marks the beginning of a multi-decade civilisational journey in advancing new rights and opportunities for nonhuman life on Earth, made possible by the emergence of planetary-scale computing.
We worked closely with writers K Allado-McDowell and Jonathan Ledgard in designing the visual identity for Interspecies Future. This work coincided with ISF's first symposium held in Berlin and co-hosted by the Museum für Naturkunde and LAS, a Berlin based art foundation.
Designer: Elena Foraker
A collection of 720 unique three-dimensional knots, metaphysically activated and created with elements of chaos. KNOTS are a new experiment in literary Web 3. Powered by the Ethereum blockchain, a portion of each sale supports queer, trans, experimental and otherwise undersupported publishing projects via Deluge Books.
Violet Office designed and developed the generative interactive visuals, as well as the branding and digital presence.
Collapsing the divide between conceptual literary work and bingeable pulp, Deluge makes advanced books that are fun to read.
Deluge was started by Emily Segal, Cyrus Dunham and Hannah Baer in 2020. Violet worked with Emily on crafting the brand identity, web and book designs.
Founded in 2018 with the principle to provide artists the insight to advance their careers, Y2K Group focuses on contemporary art in all media. Taking inspiration from the name, Y2K Group identity and website is an appreciation of a simpler time of pixels and 32bits. We created their brand identity, web design and development.
Design: James Tae
Nemesis is an alternative design and strategy consultancy founded in 2017 by Emily Segal and Martti Kalliala, with nodes in Berlin, Los Angeles and Helsinki. In addition to client work, Nemesis produces self-initiated, multi-disciplinary research on fashion, subculture, urbanism, technology, design, speed, language, and death.
Working closely with founders Emily Segal and Martti Kallial we developed a brand identity that could work for a massive corporation or become the masthead for a niche fashion magazine.