One Small Section of the Sky

Originally produced for “The Knowledges” festival at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, “One Small Section of the Sky” is an audiovisual performance by Lita Albuquerque, featuring singers of the LA Master Chorale and a visualization of data from the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute.

The performance took place on the bridge leading to the famous 100in Hooker Telescope at Mount Wilson, where Hubble’s theories of a far greater than thought and expanding Universe were confirmed.
The libretto, accompanied by a score composed by Kristen Toedman, was produced by the Albuquerque studio specifically for the performance, and resembled a futuristic yet ancient scroll housed in copper and acrylic.

The visual part of the performance, designed by Mattia Casalegno, consisted of a multi-projection stretching along the 150 feet of the bridge and facing the singers. Inspired by the ESI (Earth Similariy Index) used in astronomy to classify the similarity of a planet to the Earth, it featured a visualization of data of the 2700+ candidate exo-planets identified by the Kepler telescope as of Spring 2012.