Louvre Abu Dhabi Just Got Involved With Artificial Intelligence
As part of Abu Dhabi Innovation week, Louvre Abu Dhabi will host a week-long festival celebrating sound and artificial intelligence with live performances, installations and events.
The festival programme will include a number of presentations, including the world premiere of a musical creation by AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist) titled Symphony of the Elements. This commissioned composition creates emotional soundtrack music for the museum, and is composed of five pieces of music (three to five minutes each), linked to the five elements surrounding the museum: water, steel, stone, wind and sand.
Soundwalk Collective, Singing Sand
“A museum is a platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing and it brings together many disciplines: the worlds of culture, history, science, philosophy and innovation, amongst many others,” Manuel Rabaté, Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi says.
Guests can also enjoy a sound installation and performance by Soundwalk Collective, Mirage, marking the end of the Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia exhibition which has toured internationally and will conclude on 16 February.
Symphony of the Elements (Photo: Lance Bachelder)
“In our galleries, we showcase the meeting of these worlds through the creativity of civilisations from pre-history to today,” Rabaté adds. “Abu Dhabi’s Innovation Week is also a moment to highlight new dialogues and ideas and we hope our programming will bring visitors to the museum to enjoy a series of fun, educational and entertaining events.”
Louvre Abu Dhabi will host the festival as part of Abu Dhabi Innovation Week, 5–10 February.
*** The programme:
Symphony of the Elements, February 6, at 7 pm
Symphony of the Elements is a commissioned composition by AIVA, which composes emotional soundtrack music, for Louvre Abu Dhabi. The performance, composed of five pieces of music (three to five minutes each), is linked to the five elements surrounding the museum: water, steel, stone, wind and sand. It brings together, from Bait Al Oud, Dr. Fathullah Ahmed Salih, music composer and vocal teacher; the Iraqi traditional oud player, Sadiq Jaafar; and young talent singer, Nejma Al Koor, in addition to the Bulgarian Sofia Session Orchestra. The performance will be followed by a conference with Pierre Barreau, co-founder and CEO of AIVA, who will present the process of creating this unique musical piece. The event will take place on 6 February 7-8 pm at the museum auditorium and will be free upon reservation through Louvre Abu Dhabi’s website.
Soundwalk Collective: Mirage Live Performance, linked to the Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia Exhibition (closing on 16 February)
Live performance, February 7, 5–9 pm
The performance consists of a live rendition of Mirage using 24 speakers, Verbos synthesiser, and a unique instrument, the “Crystal Baschet Venise.’’ This is a unique live performance by Stephan Crasneanscki and Simone Merli of Soundwalk Collective, the New York- and Berlin-based art collective under the dome.
Mirage is supported by the Succession Frères Baschet, the Association Structures Sonores Baschet and the Analogue Foundation. The installation will be accessible on 7 February at the Auditorium Plaza during museum open hours and can be accessed with the museum admission ticket.
Soundwalk Collective: A multi-channel sound installation, linked to exhibition the Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia
Between 2010 and 2018, Soundwalk Collective travelled across the Rub’ al Khali desert several times to record an acoustic phenomenon known as the ‘Singing Sand’ – a sand that produces sound, caused by wind passing over the dunes. A 24-speaker multichannel installation plunges visitors into this journey between the deserts of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Ephemeral, volatile melodies appear and disappear as a sonic illusion creating a meditative atmosphere. The installation will be accessible 5–10 February at the Auditorium Plaza during museum open hours and can be accessed with the museum admission ticket.