Past Event

Karen O & Danger Mouse present an Encounter with Lux Prima

  • April 18, 2019 | 10am, 1pm, 4pm
  • April 19, 2019 | 10am, 1pm, 4pm
  • April 20, 2019 | 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
  • April 21, 2019 | 10am, 1pm, 4pm

Karen O and Danger Mouse will premier their multisensory art installation this spring at Los AngelesMarciano Art Foundation. “An Encounter with Lux Prima,” an immersive, communal listening experience soundtracked by the pair’s forthcoming album, unites their singular creative vision with groundbreaking audiovisual technologies. “An Encounter” sees the duo collaborate with an illustrious cast of fellow artists including creative director Barnaby Clay (David Bowie—“Life On Mars” Revisited, SHOT!), Oscar-nominated sound designer Ren Klyce (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Fight Club), renowned lighting designer Tobias Rylander (Robyn, The xx, FKA twigs), visual artist Davy Evans and creative consultant Warren Fu (Daft Punk, The Weeknd, Depeche Mode) to bring Lux Prima to life. Further collaborating with projection mapping innovator Travis Threlkel—co-founder and chief creative officer of MSG’s Obscura Digital, George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound and Meyer Sound, the installation plays across every sense and is intended as the living, touring nucleus of the duo’s forthcoming collaborative album, Lux Prima.

Speaking to the intention behind the encounter, Karen O says, “Danger Mouse and I wrote this music purely out of artistic exploration and the spirit of collaboration. It’s the first music I’ve written since the rite of passage of bringing a life into the world. Having a kid was like communing with the grander scheme of nature, the cycles of life, the transformative power of the mother. These themes felt timeless, yet more topical than ever in the modern world, so cut off and abstracted from its origins. The music was calling out for an extraordinary presentation, one that brings people together in a heightened state of listening. It’s gonna be a trip!”

“Karen and I had been plotting on working together for a long time,” adds Danger Mouse. “With no discussions on what the music would eventually sound like, we jumped in. We were each other’s audience alone really, but soon we started to see this world instead of just hearing it. So let’s see if others can hear and see it together too.”

Lux Prima, the first collaboration from the iconic Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman and the legendary musician-producer, is due March 15.

“An Encounter with Lux Prima” runs Thursday, April 18 at 10am, 1pm and 4pm; Friday, April 19 at 10am, 1pm and 4pm; Saturday, April 20 at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm; and Sunday, April 21 at 10am, 1pm and 4pm. Tickets are free, open to the public and limited to four (4) per household; reservations are required and are available March 1 at 1pm PT via

Free parking is available in the lot directly behind the foundation, accessible off of Lucerne Boulevard. Because of parking restrictions in Windsor Square and limited on-site parking, carpooling, rideshares and public transportation are highly encouraged.

Parking will open one hour prior to each session and doors will open 30 minutes prior to each session. Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the session begins; latecomers will not be accommodated.

To unify the experience and limit distraction, attendees are asked to please come dressed in dark colors or black clothing. Photos will be allowed before and after the experience, but strictly prohibited during the show.

Music: Karen O & Danger Mouse
Creative Direction: Barnaby Clay
Sound Design: Ren Klyce
Sound Engineer: Brian Long
Lighting Design: Tobias Rylander
Projection & 3D content: Obscura
Projection Video Content: Davy Evans
Stone Sculptor: Roger Hopkins
Producer: Mungo Maclagan
Executive Producer: Like Mgmt
Executive Producer: MSG
Associate Executive Producer: Yael Greenberg
Scenic & Special Effects, Built Visuals and Show Fabrication: Knotty Pine
Poster Art: Warren Fu
Poster design: Julian Gross
Installation scent: Persephenie Studio

Presenting Sponsors

An Encounter with Lux Prima is made possible with support from:
The Marciano Art Foundation
Jenna Adler
Liz Armistead
Geoffrey Anenberg
Michele Ceazan-Fleischli
Juliette Carter
Luisa Conlon
Mattias Eng
Brian Graf
Phil Hoelting
Max Knight
Reid Kutrow
Tara Moore
Ian Montone
Hyun-Joo Park
Emma Reeves
Carla Sacks
Laurie Soriano
Kim Swift
John & Helen Meyer
Michael Maxson
Josh Lowden
Live Nation

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