FEATURED PRESENTATION

The Wall Street Journal Future of Everything Festival: The Future of Art

Presenters: Gagosian Galleries Founder and owner Larry Gagosian, Artist Lia Chavez, Artist Urs Fischer, Artist Zach Lieberman, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Artistic Director Nancy Spector

About The Future of Everything

Hosted by WSJ, the globally trusted source of news and information, The Future of Everything Festival makes sense of the world through the lense of the global forces that will shape it now, and in the future. It’s the definitive gathering for the smart, the curious and the ambitious.

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"Chavez mines the magic of light, and filters it through experiments in new technology, the embrace of the mystical and subconscious, and an inclusive feminist aesthetic lens."

"Her wholehearted and impressive dedication to crafting exquisite compositions...invokes a hypnotically beautiful, ethereal, alternate reality."

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"Explores the interconnectedness of cosmic forces and earthly experiences."

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"Kaleidoscopic."

"Genre-defying."

"Over the years, multimedia artist Lia Chavez has expressed herself through live installations and dance performances that have focused on the relationship between illumination and darkness."

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"Artist Lia Chavez says darkness meditation has taken her into the lab with neuroscientists."

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"My goal is to live in such a way that the art becomes the inevitable outcome of my life. So incorporating contemplative practice into my daily ritual is like breathing."

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"Her work explores the phenomenology of light and the possibilities of using consciousness as an art material."

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"Chavez is an intrepid explorer who seeks the edges of our limitations and gracefully shares her discoveries. We are willing participants in her odyssey of revelation."

"For you, there is no real or imagined world, no completeness or incompleteness of being, no purity or defilement, no prophecy or ignorance."

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"Invites our collective healing."

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“A new type of nightclub.”

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"Mesmerizing."

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"Stunning light performance."

“A performance art spectacle of light and color.”

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"Statuesque and intense...pure magic."

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“While countless artists and inventors have tapped into the subconscious using meditation, Chavez is taking the idea a step further by exploring how human consciousness, including her own, can itself become an art material.”

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"Her recent collaborations with neuroscientists could help answer a question that has eluded researchers for decades: What does the creative spark look like in the brain?"

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"Stunning...meditative."

"For the American artist, a contemplative lifestyle is the foundation of her art, a way by which she prepares herself for what she calls to voice of inspiration from within."

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"The mysterious phenomenon of creative inspiration, with its attendant beauty and otherness, will continue to confound and delight us, just as it has since ancient times."

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"Engulfing and eternal."

"Chavez is turning notions of ecstatic abandon as we know it on their head."

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"Using light cast in bright colors, dance becomes the impetus for stark, geometric abstraction."

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"An epistemological representation of what is sacred."

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"Top creative changing the world."

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"She offers us an imaginative play on beatific visions."

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"Sensual and ocular for the audience, generating an incredibly profound experience that optically bewilders and hypnotizes."

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"Finally giving artists the 'palette' to externalize the inner workings of the mind."

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"Crafting the future of immersive experiences."

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"A virtuosic approach to light."

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"Sensual and optical."

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"As part of her piece 'Luminous Objects,' Lia Chavez meditates with her eyes closed in a white gown."

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"Otherworldly."

"In its highest form, art not only critiques and expresses—it also explores.”

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"Radiant."

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"Making art more approachable."

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"Chavez's work investigates the mysteries of light, form and interior space."

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"Provocative."

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"Utterly, utterly hypnotic."

"True enchantment...It was riveting to watch her."

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"Performance artist Lia Chavez meditated with guests at the Armory Show party."

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"My creative work is driven by an obsession to uncover the nature and origins of light and to present transformative encounters — through organic, scientific, or technological means — with the physical, spiritual, and astral dimensions of light."

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"I aim to make art which embodies my state of being. For me, the body is my studio, and so, moment by moment, I aim to inhabit my physical vessel in a way which stimulates my awareness and creative inspiration."

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"The challenge lies in rehabilitating the imagination of our culture to a richer and more abundant notion of what it means to be human."

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Interview with Lia Chavez and Tim Rogers: A Meditation Nightclub

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