• Son Luu

    Vessel Orchestra

    Updated: Dec 28, 2019

    Summer 2019

    Production Internship with Make_Good_Design




    I couldn't be happier when the opportunity to work alongside my professor, Daniel Perlin at Make_Good_Design came about. Working as a Production Intern, I was always on the go with various experience design projects, managing project schedule, getting materials, soldering LEDs, running electric wires on-site etc. Anything and Everything. One of those projects that I had a the pleasure to be involved in was a sound-based exhibit, named Vessel Orchestra, commissioned by the Met Breuer in NYC, designed by British artist Oliver Beer.


    ⌘ Exhibit Overview:

    "Composed of thirty-two sculptures, utilitarian containers, and decorative objects from the Museum's collection, Vessel Orchestra is the first sound-based installation commissioned by The Met. British artist Oliver Beer (born 1985) uses microphones and speakers to amplify and shape the ambient tones resonating within each vessel, transforming them into an arresting and unexpectedly versatile musical instrument. With objects ranging in origin from ancient Persia to modern America, this exhibition links works of art across historical periods and cultures, creating an audible portrait of The Met collection." (Met Breuer).



    In this post, I'd like to share the fabrication process I went through to perform the work required, which included soldering electric wires, microphones and LEDs to support the exhibit installation.


    Step-by-step Process of Fabricating Electric Wires and LEDs






























    On-site Installation

    At the Met Breuer, New York...



    ▶️ Begin a work day with morning meeting to go over schedule of tasks to be completed and persons in charge.




    ▶️ Installation begins




    ▶️ Running electric wires, microphones and LEDs




    ▶️ Trouble-shooting, re-soldering during on-site installation



    Results

    After almost two months of preparation and installation, the much anticipated sound-based exhibit was finally opened to the public during July and August 2019, with guest musicians and sound artists performing live every Friday throughout its showing at the Met Breuer.


    You can check out the link below for more details by the Met:


    https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/oliver-beer-vessel-orchestra