Laniakea – The Great Attractor

A hypnotic performance installation inspired by cosmic forces of expansion and contraction at work in the universe.

Pipa virtuoso Yu-Rong Chen (Taiwan) is performer activator within new media installation with visual imagery by Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts (New Zealand) using open source code and projection mapping.

Large projections will be position behind and below the Pipa musician, creating a sense of glide or a gradual shift in the horizontal and vertical axis. The imagery will visual represent the sonic frequencies produced by the Pipa (stringed instrument) to develop into a cascading map of the cosmos, reveal a series of interstellar moving images inspired by Laniakea super-cluster galaxies.

Music and electronics create a quasi-meditative state of flowing timelessness where gritty gestures or dynamic energy are enfolded into stillness or stasis in a kind of infinite loop that evokes the cosmos.

Development begins in September 2018.

Creative Team:

Composer and electronics: Corrina Bonshek (Australia)

Performer: Yu-Rong Chen (Taiwan)

Digital Media: Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts (New Zealand)

Costume: Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner (Australia)

Biography of Yu-Rong Chen.

Born in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan, Yu-Rong Chen has forged a career as one of the leading pipa virtuosos of her generation. She completed her master studies at the National Taiwan University of Arts, Department of Music, under the instruction of Prof. Shou-Chou Lai and Ming-Xi Wang. She has toured to Alaska, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand and Guangxi, and honoured as 2015 Young Star of Chinese Music, performing the premiere pipa concerto Yue Fei, The Valor at the national concert hall. Chen has performed concertos with National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, TCO Youth Orchestra and Hsinchu City Youth Chinese Orchestra, and these long-standing relationship had enriched her stage experience. Her distinguished charisma and the soulful, richly hued playing is in high-demand.

Previous collaboration between Corrina Bonshek & Yu-Rong Chen