lux prima


Karen O and Danger Mouse will premier their multisensory art installation this spring at Los Angeles’ Marciano 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.

“An Encounter with Lux Prima” runs April 18-21 and is free and open to the public in limited numbers. Tickets are available March 1 via marcianoartfoundation.org.


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.


Credits: 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 / Poster Art: Warren Fu / Poster design: Julian Gross

Presenting Sponsors: RYOT / Dropbox

An Encounter with Lux Prima is made possible with support from: The Marciano Art Foundation / Jenna Adler / Liz Armistead / Geoffrey Annenburg / 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