"I mean, that's part of the reason we visit these countries and see this beautiful dance or music, is that humanity has beauty, and we have a creative role in the universe. We're not just cancerous parasites. I do think humanity has a role to play in the evolution of the universe. And we are at a difficult point in the evolution of our species where it is an existential moment for us. So we need to be reminded of this moment, but also of the beauty amid the peril." - Kenji Williams
“Bella Gaia was already planned to be the 10th anniversary celebration of Artosphere, Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival,” said Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center. “Now we will also celebrate the generosity of our community by turning this performance into a community fundraiser.”
..."“I really wanted to create an experience that transformed people,” Williams said. “There needs to be a new emphasis and value in emotional connections to very abstract things, like climate change.”
”Bella Gaia” turns the stage into a planetarium-like display with NASA-powered imagery. (NASA)
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BELLA GAIA is on the front cover of the fall issue of Cadenza Artists Magazine featuring an interview with Kenji Williams inside. Among other things, he discussed the BELLA GAIA's exciting interplay between technology and live performance, sharing a deeper look into where the imagery comes from: "Everything is real data - not just pretty pictures. We use an earth visualization software that downloads NASA satellite data and maps it onto a 3D globe with a flight simulator. The more complex scientific visualizations are created by NASA's SVS (Scientific Visualization Studio), and they curate and send me updated visualizations of their latest data from missions." Read the full interview on pages 8-9 of the magazine.
The NASA-sponsored live multimedia art and science program titled “Beautiful Earth,” (Solvang Festival Theater), an under the stars countdown for the ICESat-2 satellite launch, featured BELLA GAIA with the latest NASA data visualizations, remarks by Project Scientist Thorsten Markus, and a 'first of its kind' ‘hold the Earth' augmented reality experience using HoloGLOBE (guided by VR expert Lia Oganesyan and envisioned and designed by Kenji Williams.)
Photo credit: Len Wood / Santa Maria Times
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We are announcing an exciting partnership between Peaceboat's Ecoship and BELLA GAIA. In 2020, aboard the Ecoship, the new 1000-seat Broadway theater will feature BELLA GAIA as the main live show. BELLA GAIA will serve not only the Ecoship's 2000 passengers but also serve the residents of multiple cities around the world like Barcelona, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Capetown, Vancouver, and many more, who will board the ship to see the show while EcoShip is docked at port. This will bring BELLA GAIA's transformative experience and Peaceboat's mission to hundreds of thousands over the years to come, with an ambitious social and environmental impact and blockchain community building plan aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Kenji Williams keynote presentation of Bella Gaia with Imogen Heap. VR Booth featuring Bella Gaia VR!
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology commissions a new Holographic piece: Origin Stories of Japan - working with Japanese Anime artists, and koto master Yumi Kurosawa. Stay tuned for more to come.