Persepolis - Los Angeles
Creative Director, Director of sound, Project Management, Coordination, Technical Design, Budgeting
MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
In conjunction with the exhibition Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary at MOCA Pacific Design Center November 6, 2010, through February 4, 2011, the first recreation of Xenakis’s legendary Polytope de Persepolis was performed at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Adapted by German sound artist and Xenakis electronic music expert, Daniel Teige, Persepolis L.A. involved six listening stations with eight speakers each, a total of 48 Meyer Sound UPA-1P speakers. This performance encompassed more than 70,000 square feet of performance area within the 32- acre park. Originally performed as the opening event of the controversial 1971 Shiraz Festival in Iran, Polytope de Persepolis’s electronic score has become a contemporary music classic. Based on historical documents from the Iannis Xenakis Archives, and created especially for this Los Angeles performance, this recreation featured the recently restored eight-track music composition and computer-generated visual choreography, complete with laser beams, fire, smoke, and searchlights. The event opened with Xenakis’s first electronic work, Diamorphoses (1957), as a geological prelude.