BJ Nilsen at The Broad Museum, Los Angeles | 15th February 2015


BJ Nilsen & Yann Novak

For one day only, visitors will be able to see The Broad’s vast, column-free third-floor gallery in its raw state, before the art walls are put in place for the museum’s opening on Sept. 20, 2015. Two light and sound works will interact with key features in Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s (DS+R) innovative architecture.

Sky-lit: Volume, Light, and Sound at The Broad will highlight the relationship between the museum’s architecture and its urban environment. Artist BJ Nilsen’s sound installation, DTLA, is an abstract audio landscape of downtown Los Angeles. Just as The Broad’s porous architectural “veil” subtly interweaves natural light and glimpses of the urban streetscape of Grand Avenue into its galleries, Nilsen will bring the soundscape of downtown Los Angeles into The Broad. Stillness, by artist Yann Novak, will be activated after dark, creating an immersive sound and light environment for reflection, inviting visitors to contemplate the effect of climate and light on their physical and emotional states.

BJ Nilsen´s DTLA, is a 16-channel auditory collage of downtown Los Angeles consisting of recorded sound events in and around Grand Avenue, Chinatown, the L.A. River, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, the Fashion District, Skid Row, Bunker Hill, the Financial District, Echo Park, Union Station, MOCA, the Colburn School and the LA Opera.
Bringing these islands of sound from L.A.’s streets into The Broad enables them to co-exist with visitors and the architectural space, allowing the audience to create their own abstract gallery of urban imagery. The sound installation was conceptualized in relation to the visual experience of the museum’s “veil.”

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