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An ‘Inner Light’ Glows within Intersect by Lexus NYC

03.16.20 | By
An ‘Inner Light’ Glows within Intersect by Lexus NYC

Intersect by Lexus NYC is but one of three permanent exhibition spaces hosted by the luxury automaker around the globe (the other two located in Toyko and Dubai), each dedicated as a unique cultural and creative nexus. The New York venue’s latest venture, ‘Inner Light’, invites the public into a womb of light and sound – an interactive installment composed by the aid of the sustained note of technology.

Designed by conceptual lighting artists Dave & Gabe (whose past collaborations include Sonos and Google) in partnership with singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko, ‘Inner Light’ was conceived to tap into music’s power to heal through sound and meditation. Intersect by Lexus NYC visitors are invited to “duet” with a grand piano placed within a glowing circle of LED lights.

Inner Light’s immersive installation comprises a 360-degree spatialized sound system encircling 88 LED columns that in turn wrap around an autonomous playing grand piano. The instrument is programmed to play Aiko’s composition, Triggered, with each of the 88 keys linked to a corresponding light that glows with the colors representing the seven chakras (the main energy centers of the body according to yogic philosophy).

Alongside being audience to the autonomous performance, guests are also welcome to “duet” with the piano, enabling an interactive collaboration between set composition and introduced improvisation.

While video of the performance isn’t yet available online, videos of Dave & Gabe’s past sound and light installations offer insight of what visitors might expect when they cross through the threshold:

‘Inner Light” opened on February 28 and will continue on thru April 6, with guests welcome between the hours of 11am – 10pm. For further information, check out the Intersect by Lexus website.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.