Kenji Williams is a composer and director for multi-media live theater, mixed reality, and interactive data visualization, and is the creative director and producer of the NASA-powered earth-from-space show, BELLA GAIA.
Williams is an Artist in Residence and Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder developing a live 3D Holographic theater show, “Origin Stories” and a trans-disciplinary initiative for students and researchers.
Named a “100 Top Creative” by Origin Magazine, a World Technology Network award finalist in Arts, Entertainment, and Education, and a Grammy voting member, Williams explores the nexus of art and science through collaborations as diverse as astronaut Koichi Wakata orbiting live aboard the International Space Station, multimedia artist Paul Miller, Ballet Philippines, and institutions such as NASA, UNEP, UNESCO.
BELLA GAIA is an unprecedented NASA-powered immersive experience that communicates without words, the BEAUTY of the planet both natural and cultural (BELLA) – and the INTERCONNECTEDNESS of all things on Earth (GAIA).
A visceral flow of unencumbered beauty manifests for all the senses by combining supercomputer data-visualizations from NASA, high-fidelity orbital views of Earth, cultural photography, and stirring LIVE performances of music and dance from around the world, with an “iridescent landscape of gossamer melodies and labyrinthine rhythms” (Nooga.com) to create the “Sublime” and “Out of This World” experience (Village Voice, USA Today).
The award winning BELLA GAIA tells a cosmic story, exploring both human and natural expressions of the Living Universe, illuminating the relationship between civilization and nature as we enter the Anthropogenic Age by visualizing our effects on the biosphere, while celebrating the evolution of art and culture.