Introducing…The Art of Being “Immersive”
Updated: Apr 29, 2019
I’m sure you’ve noticed the word “immersive” in our series by now, and you might be wondering, what exactly makes this Concert Series so “immersive”…so let's break it down.
Okay, part of it is the live music acts themselves, both in terms of a) how engaging they are as artists and b) how the right venue can surround you with sound like a cozy blanket (or make you feel weightless in space, if you prefer) so that you can be utterly focused and captivated their music. And then there's Part 2.
You write or record anything these days, and sure it’s there for posterity… but it’s also easy to forget and lose that beautiful thing under the piles of Other Important Things on the Desk That is Your Mind.
Being at a live music show is by definition “immersive”… which simply means you are “truly present” in a place you have gone out of your way to get to. Senses are engaged, and whatever is going on in there, experienced with friends or just yourself, aware and focused on the sights and sounds in that place.
Now, one live show is wonderful, but three live shows is like diving into three creative world views belonging to three very real and very different souls in this world.
See what I did here? I’ve immersed you into my world right-now-as-I-write-this-piece with just one single picture.
Now imagine being in a large airy warehouse -- with a clean industrial bar stocked with bottles that are sort of glowing on the shelves thanks to soft underlighting -- with a stage on the other end, plus another deejay booth behind you…
And in that deejay booth is where the veejay sits and projects her visuals live on the white walls around you.
Maybe you’ve been to other art or music spaces that do this.
But if you haven’t seen Baby K’s visuals, you are in for a real treat. Flashing and morphing images from her own travels and those of unknown and well-regarded artists … we can suddenly become immersed into yet another sensory world, along with the sonic one going on stage.
Better yet, Baby K’s visuals are curated live to the tempo and feel of the music reflected right then and there, in that moment. So what might it look like? Well, here’s a few of the artists she falls back on when inspiration strikes:
Jon Beinart is an Australian artist known for his insectoid doll-part assemblages and his intricate drawings which reflect his preoccupation with literally small worlds: the lives of ants, snails, spiders and mice.
American Laurie Lipton developed her very own peculiar drawing technique to which she has said, “…the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort.” She also sees the beauty of Black and white as the color of ancient photographs, old TV shows, and as the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness ”perfect for the imagery in my work.”
In a recent London exhibition, Bill Greenhalgh placed large abstract shapes which were arranged freestanding around the gallery space. The shapes could be picked up and repositioned around the gallery at will, creating new juxtapositions and compositions. The interactive - and performance element was intentional. The shapes themselves are strange, colorful, animated and fantastical, and the artist thinks of them “as actors - they all have character, and occasionally they have backstories.”
And finally, Ben Heine, a Belgian visual artist and music producer whose genius and talent merely begin with his surreal mix of drawing and photography “Pencil Vs Camera“ and his hypercolor pixilation machinations in his “Digital Circlism” series.
Want to see more of the Baby K visual experience? Come to our Immersive Concert Series on May 4th 2019 – See who’s playing and Buy Tickets 8.50€ online or €10 at the door. Find out how your money os going to support Barcelona’s local art and music scene HERE.