When the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiered and recorded Theofanidis' Creation/Creator in 2015, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called it a "sprawling success." Creation/Creator is an expansive, multi-media oratorio composed from ancient and modern sources of sciences, literature and philosophy.
Contemporary artist Daniel Arsham will re-imagine the High Museum of Art’s interiors with three interrelated installations on view March 4 through May 21, 2017. Combining audio, architecture, sculpture, installation and performance, “Daniel Arsham: Hourglass” will extend the artist’s investigation into how we interpret history through physical artifacts and will immerse audiences in environments that reflect on the relationship between past and present.
As the Woodruff Arts Center’s 2016–17 Phil Kent Creative Fellow, Arsham will also partner with the ASO for Christopher Theofanidis’ commission Creation/Creator and Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera Orfeo et Euridice. Along with Stage Director James Alexander, Arsham will create stage environment installations for both productions. For Creation/Creator he will focus on light and texture, bathing the stage in an evolving color scheme tied to the individual movements.
From sculpture to stage, from film to architecture, Arsham works in nearly every artistic realm, including with collaborators as diverse as Usher, Robert Wilson, Pharrell Williams, James Franco and Hedi Slimane. “I’m just interested in a lot of different things,” he explains. “I try to be as efficient as possible and for me it doesn’t really feel like I’m working on a lot of different things. I feel like I procrastinate a lot. And in some ways, they feel to me like they’re all the same thing, whether I’m working in film or painting or sculpture or stage design. They feel like different mediums working towards the same expression.”
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The scenography by Daniel Arsham for Creation/Creator and Orfeo ed Euridice is sponsored by a deeply appreciated gift from the Antinori Foundation.