Giving voice to coral reefs in crisis

September 12, 2019

A teeming world of marine life, displayed on 89 giant panels, immerses viewers inside a thriving coral ecosystem. Colorful, undulating creatures dance to a score of celestial harmonies providing a glimpse of an underwater world often overlooked by humans.

Welcome to “Choral,” an installation combining art, architecture and technology. The creators are composer Jay Alan Yim, an associate professor of composition and music technology at the Bienen School of Music, and 3D/video artist Marlena Novak (’83 MFA Weinberg), an adjunct associate professor of film, video, new media and animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The creative partners work under the name localStyle. The multidimensional effort was on display at 150 Media Stream, 150 North Riverside Plaza in Chicago.

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