LWZ, a Vienna VJ team, provided visuals for a remix of Gustav Mahler’s music at Lied Lab 2011: Gustav Mahler, in April at the Radio Kulturhaus in Vienna, Austria, at the invitation of Departure, the creative agency of the City of Vienna. Used to working with electronic music, the LWZ team needed to get inside the head of Mahler, the composer. They discovered that Mahler had been a totally devastated and desperate character. Their visual approach was unified by a quote by Sigmund Freud, “It was like digging a tunnel through a convoluted mysterious building.” They decided to make every song of the lieder cycle illustrate another corner of Gustav Mahler’s mind. With every visualisation another piece of the puzzle would be revealed, bringing the audience closer to the LWZ interpretation of Gustav Mahler’s being.
The Mahler Visualization series was produced at LWZ, Vienna.