The Production of Opera
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CAF - Panel and Production Talks
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DescriptionDirector Erick Oh, Art Director Celine You, and Sound Designer/Composer Andrew Vernon discuss the production of Opera, Oh’s stunning, powerful new moving image project that he defines as a contemporary animated edition of Renaissance fresco mural paintings.

The 9-minute 2D film, consisting of a day and night cycle that can be played on an infinite loop, is also presented in an 8K exhibition format that offers 16 x 9 meters of wall and another 16 x 9 meters of floor projection, laser tracking and 3D animations.

Opera, written and directed by Oh, is driven by the spirits of Bosch, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and others. In his own signature whimsical and surreal way, Oh portrays human society and history filled with beauty and absurdity. Viewers will experience a range of emotions through this unique, intricate reflection of human life: it is hopeful, comical, and thoughtful, yet scary, disturbing, and sad. The piece proceeds like a living piece of art, designed as an invitation to question the mechanisms of our society and human behavior. Each section and individual character’s activities are intrinsically connected so the viewer can eventually enjoy the entire pyramid no matter which character they set their eyes on first.