Playing off of themes of loneliness and the many layers of human connection we created a series of live performances that spanned the lines between concert and art installation, bringing both Sunni Colón and his audience into a deeper space of experiencing his music.
BRINGING IN THE AUDIENCE
The Manifest performance sought to bring Sunni and his audience together with more vulnerability than a standard live performance. To connect the audience to the show in a deeper way, we designed and developed an interactive ticket personally connected to each audience member.
A PERSONAL ENTRANCE
During ticket purchase each audience member was prompted to write a three sentence story about being alone. The power of AI was used to analyze the emotional tone of each person’s story and create a unique ticket for each of them. With tickets programmed to the emotional identity of each audience member, the space responded to them personally with color, motion, and sound.
CREATING THE SPACE
The music guided our every decision in designing the performance space. Sunni performed live every night completely hidden from sight inside a sound reactive light chamber in the center of the room. Audiences lounged around the chamber, embedding themselves into the architecture of sound and light. The focus was no longer on the performer, but rather the music, the emotions, and the world that emerges in deep listening.
PROVIDING A MEMORY
No phones were allowed inside of the performance but providing a memory of the evening was important. To do this I used the sense that triggers memory the strongest; smell. I designed a custom scent that filled the space which was also given to audience members as they left performance.
DESIGNING THE SOUND
At the core of Manifest was the live music experience. A team of award-winning audio engineers, sound designers, and experimental electronic artists developed a quadrophonic sound system that washed the room in a multi-layered, responsive soundscape.
-Dave Allen (article via LinkedIn)
Music By Sunni Colon
Creative Director, Manifest 1.0: Melisa Dougherty
Art Director, THE FAMILY: Yo-Yo Lin
Creative Director, THE FAMILY: Steve Dabal
Executive Producer, Manifest: Jordan Caldwell
Musician + Engineer: Dillon Pace
Audio Supervisor: Joanna Fang
Audio Designer + Technician: David Britton
Audio Designer + Integration Specialist: Michael Matchen
Audiovisual Coordinator: Chris Robinson
Architect: Jules Molloy
Lighting Designer: Dominick Chang
Build Manager: Robert Morris
Lead Carpenter: Jay Miller
Lighting Consultant: Jordan Frand
Graphic / Web Designer: John Provencher
EPK Director of Photography: Griffin Yu
EPK B-Camera Operator: Filippo Nesci
EPK Additional Videography: Zack Filkoff
VR Specialist: Jesse Sperling
Interactive Design & Art Director: Skylar Jessen
Movement Consultant: Tara O’Con
Creative Technologist: Wipawe Sirikolkarn
Electrical Consultant: Aaron Parsekian