Arca has composed the lobby music for the newly renovated MoMA

Her music, played through a Philippe Parreno instillation, will reside in the entrance of the New York City institution for the next two years.

October 16, 2019
Arca has composed the lobby music for the newly renovated MoMA Arca

Arca has announced that she has composed a new piece for the lobby at New York's newly-renovated Museum of Modern Art. The composition was made in collaboration with French multimedia artist Philippe Parreno for an instillation called "Echo." Parreno describes the piece as "a sensible and sentient automaton that perceives and reflects," and as such, Arca explains that the music composed for the instillation has been designed to constantly generate new outcomes. "It's such an honor to be able to compose for an AI that will never make the music play the same way twice," she wrote on Instagram. "I was happy to suggest the word Echo [for the piece's title], based on the myth of Narcissus and Echo — look into how it unfolds, it's one of my favorite myths."

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MoMA re-opens to the public next week, on October 21. There, Arca and Parreno's "Echo" will reside for the next two years. Ahead of the grand opening, watch a bit of footage of Arca engaging with the instillation below, via her Instagram.

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For 2 years my music will be playing in the lobby of the newly reopened @themuseumofmodernart . It’s such an honor to be able to compose for an AI that will never make the music play the same way twice - it’s a live transmission forever in mutation— check out the brilliant https://bronze.ai for more info ——— Durante 2 años mi música va a sonar en el lobby del @themuseumofmodernart q ha reabierto sus puertas nuevamente. Es un honor haber podido componer para una inteligencia artificial que nunca repetirá mia composiciones de la misma manera- es un flujo siempre cambiante. Investiguen sobre el brillante proyecto https://bronze.ai for more info ——— Thanks to the Parreno studio for trusting me and giving us carte blanche throughout the composition process, it’s amazing to think of how many people that don’t know about my work will have my sounds passing through their body as they pass through the space into the MoMA. Thanks to everyone involved especially @damienqd ! It’s an honor 💖 The piece is titled Echo (Danny the Street) by Philippe Parreno who was commissioned to produce the work and he asked me to create this entity together with him. I was happy to suggest the word Echo based on the myth of Narcissus and Echo— look into how it unfolds, it’s one of my favorite myths! Thanks Philippe! @themuseumofmodernart ps the mirror vid is me responding to @jordanmatthewolfson mirror tran ce

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Arca has composed the lobby music for the newly renovated MoMA