MANIFEST 1.0 | SUNNI COLÓN

Art Direction, Environmental Design, Interactive Design, Sound Design

 
 
 
 
 
 

Playing off of themes of loneliness and the many layers of human connection we created a series of live performances that spanned the lines between concert and art installation, bringing both Sunni Colón and his audience into a deeper space of experiencing his music. 

 
 
 

BRINGING IN THE AUDIENCE

The Manifest performance sought to bring Sunni and his audience together with more vulnerability than a standard live performance. To connect the audience to the show in a deeper way, we designed and developed an interactive ticket personally connected to each audience member. 

 
 
 
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A personal entrance

During ticket purchase each audience member was prompted to write a three sentence story about being alone. We used the power of AI to analyze the emotional tone of each person’s story and create a unique ticket for each of them. With tickets programmed to the emotional identity of each audience member, the space responded to them personally with color, motion, and sound. 

 
 

CREATING THE SPACE

The music guided our every decision in designing the performance space. Sunni performed live every night completely hidden from sight inside a sound reactive light chamber in the center of the room. Audiences lounged around the chamber, embedding themselves into the architecture of sound and light. The focus was no longer on the performer, but rather the music, the emotions, and the world that emerges in deep listening. 

 
 
 
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Providing A Memory

No phones were allowed inside of the performance but providing a memory of the evening was important. To do this we used the sense that triggers memory the strongest; smell. We designed a custom scent that filled the space which was also given to audience members as they left performance. 

 
 

DESIGNING THE SOUND

At the core of Manifest was the live music experience. With a team of award-winning audio engineers, sound designers, and experimental electronic artists, we developed a quadrophonic sound system that washed the room in a multi-layered, responsive soundscape. 

 
 
 
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PRESS

 
 
 

Music By Sunni Colon

 

Direction

Creative Director, Manifest 1.0: Melisa Dougherty 

Art Director, THE FAMILY: Yo-Yo Lin 

Creative Director, THE FAMILY: Steve Dabal

Executive Producer, Manifest: Jordan Caldwell

 

Environment

Architect: Jules Molloy 

Lighting Designer: Dominick Chang

Build Manager: Robert Morris

Lead Carpenter: Jay Miller

Lighting Consultant: Jordan Frand

 

Interactive

Interactive Design & Art Director: Skylar Jessen

Movement Consultant: Tara O’Con

Creative Technologist: Wipawe Sirikolkarn

Electrical Consultant: Aaron Parsekian 

Sound

Musician + Engineer: Dillon Pace 

Audio Supervisor: Joanna Fang 

Audio Designer + Technician: David Britton 

Audio Designer + Integration Specialist: Michael Matchen 

Audiovisual Coordinator: Chris Robinson

 

Content

Graphic / Web Designer: John Provencher

EPK Director of Photography: Griffin Yu

EPK B-Camera Operator: Filippo Nesci

EPK Additional Videography: Zack Filkoff

VR Specialist: Jesse Sperling