Karen O & Danger Mouse’s “An Encounter with Lux Prima – The Art of Collaboration,” a short documentary chronicling the 18-month development of their multisensory art installation “An Encounter With Lux Prima” debuts today via Variety. Watch the piece—directed by Luisa Conlon and Max Knight, produced in partnership with Dropbox and featuring interviews with many of the installation’s collaborators—here.

The groundbreaking show premiered in April at Los Angeles’ prestigious Marciano Art Foundation. With a completely sold out run, the exhibition’s opening gala was attended by David Lynch, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Chris Bosh, Spike Jonze, Val Kilmer, Ezra Miller, Garbage’s Shirley Manson, Nick Zinner, Warpaint’s Emily Kokal and many more.

“An Encounter with Lux Prima” is an immersive, communal listening experience intended to be the living nucleus of their collaborative album, Lux Prima, released in March on BMG. The Los Angeles debut marked the premiere of the work, with more dates worldwide to be announced soon. Get the album here.

Additionally exclusive, limited edition merch from the installation is available today here.

The installation unites O and Danger Mouse’s 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.

“An Encounter with Lux Prima” is executive produced by the Madison Square Garden Company and Like Mgmt.

Lux Prima continues to receive widespread critical praise…

An album of sprawling, soulful, cinematic psych rock filled with astral bass lines, gauzy strings and Karen O-isms like ‘You’re not coming for me/I’m coming for you.’…The nine tracks on Lux Prima unspool grandly, from the ominous lullaby ‘Ministry’ to the stomping girl-group squall of ‘Woman’ to the compact psych-funk groove of ‘Leopard’s Tongue.’”—The New York Times

Lux Prima ventures fully out of this stratosphere…a cinematic journey through the outer reaches of the cosmos and the inner reaches of the artists themselves.”—GQ

“Lux Prima is a gloriously wide-screen album, sweeping and epic, with a lush, multi-layered sound”—Variety

“Karen O & Danger Mouse bring out best in each other”—Associated Press


Artists’ Statements

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.”
About Marciano Art Foundation

The Marciano Art Foundation (established in 2013) presents exhibitions featuring works from brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano’s expansive collection of contemporary art. The collection, built largely over the last decade, includes installation, sculpture, photography, film and a wide-array of paintings by some of today’s most important and influential contemporary artists, from emerging to established, from the U.S. and abroad. Guest-curated exhibitions will rotate every few months, enabling the foundation to reveal the breadth and depth of the collection over time, while some signature works will remain on view for longer periods. MAF will also present occasional temporary exhibitions featuring works on loan from museums and private collections, alongside pieces from MAF collection. MAF is situated in the historic Scottish Rite Masonic Temple built artist, designer and educator Millard Sheets in 1961.

The renovation of the 110,000 square-foot building was overseen by wHY Architecture’s Kulapat Yantrasast and features over 55,000 square feet of exhibition space and on-site storage. Former lounges, banquet halls and a 2,000-seat theater have been transformed into unparalleled exhibition spaces for contemporary art. A relic room, organized by Bard College professor Susan L. Aberth, features objects and ephemera left behind by the Masons, acknowledging the history of the site. MAF also features an outdoor sculpture garden, bookstore, and café.

About the album

Lux Prima, the first collaboration from the iconic Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman and the legendary musician-producer, out now on BMG. Lux Prima is available digitally, on CD and gatefold LP with exclusive merchandise bundles from the artist store. Pre-order now and get “Woman” and “Lux Prima” immediately here. An exclusive LP version with alternate colorway is available at independent record stores.

In addition to four albums with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a solo album, Crush Songs, Grammy-nominated O has contributed to soundtracks for Where The Wild Things Are and Her, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Grammy-winning artist Danger Mouse’s projects include Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells and Danger Doom as well as work with Adele, The Black Keys, Gorillaz, A$AP Rocky and beyond.

An Encounter with Lux Prima – The Art of Collaboration
Directed/Shot/Edited: Luisa Conlon & Max Knight
Producers: Juliette Carter, Luisa Conlon, Max Knight
Executive Producer: Like MGMT
Additional Camera: Maya Craig
Sound: Steven Allmendinger, Luisa Sà-Davis
Locations: Skywalker Ranch, Marciano Art Foundation
An Encounter with Lux Prima
Music: Karen O & Danger Mouse
Creative Direction: Barnaby Clay
Sound Designer: Ren Klyce
Lighting Design: Tobias Rylander
Projection Video Content: Davy Evans
Producer: Mungo Maclagan
Audio Mix: Skywalker Sound
Sound Engineer: Brian Long
Show Control & Audio Hardware: Meyer Sound
Projection & 3D content: Obscura Digital
Stone Sculptor: Roger Hopkins
Executive Producer: Like Mgmt
Executive Producer: MSG
Associate Executive Producer: Yael Greenberg
Scenic & Special Effects, Built Visuals and Show Fabrication: Knotty Pine
Installation scent: Persephenie Studio
Poster Art: Warren Fu
Poster design: Julian Gross
Presenting Sponsors

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
Josh Lowden
Michael Maxson
John & Helen Meyer
Tara Moore
Ian Montone
Hyun-Joo Park
Emma Reeves
Carla Sacks
Laurie Soriano
Kim Swift