Karen Wong

The Shape of Sound
As cultural production expands and innovates, how will composers and musicians absorb and incorporate these current attitudes of hybridity and immersion into their shows, recitals, and concerts? No matter the framing device, be it public space or VR headset, we are increasingly obsessed with an experience that immerses us. As audiences shift from observer to active participant, musicians will require fluency in defining space and embracing architectural language that can amplify the work.

Karen Wong is the Deputy Director of the New Museum, renowned for its entrepreneurial platforms and mission: new art and new ideas. She co-founded NEW INC (2014), the first museum-led incubator for art, technology, and design. The initiative is a global model for creating space for and supporting creative enterprises focused on cultural and social impact. Wong sits on the nonprofit boards of Apex for Youth, a mentoring and education program for under-served Asian and immigrant youth, David Byrne's Arbutus Foundation dedicated to re-imagining the world through projects that inspire and educate, National Sawdust, and Rhizome, a platform for born-digital art. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s GSAPP.

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