Beatie Wolfe

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Beatie Wolfe

”Musical weirdo and visionary” (Vice) Beatie Wolfe has beamed her music into space, been appointed a UN role model for innovation, and held an acclaimed solo exhibition of her ‘world first’ album designs at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Named by WIRED Magazine as one of “22 people changing the world,” Wolfe is at the forefront of pioneering new formats that bridge the physical and digital, which include: a 3D theatre for the palm of your hand; a wearable record jacket cut by Bowie/Hendrix’s tailor out of fabric woven with Wolfe’s music; the world’s first 360 AR live-stream from the quietest room on earth and a space broadcast via the Big Bang horn.

Wolfe’s latest innovation is an environmental protest piece visualising 800,000 years of climate data, which premiered at the Nobel Prize Summit, the London Design Biennale and COP26

Other recent projects include a collective postcard art campaign in support of USPS with DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh and the world’s first bioplastic record release with Michael Stipe and Brian Eno.

Wolfe is also the co-founder of a “profound” (The Times) research project looking at the power of music for dementia

She recently spoke, performed and showed her work The Nobel Prize Summit and was introduced by the Nobel Prize laureate Robert Woodrow Wilson.

Wolfe’s latest innovation is an environmental protest piece built using 800,000 years of climate data to visualize rising CO2 levels, which premiered at the Nobel Prize Summit, the London Design Biennale and COP26. Other recent projects include a collective art campaign in support of USPS with Mark Mothersbaugh and the world’s first bioplastic record release with Michael Stipe. Wolfe is also the co-founder of a “profound” (The Times) research project looking at the power of music for dementia.

The Barbican commissioned a documentary about Beatie Wolfe’s pioneering work and approach which has been featured globally including New York Times, Wired, New Scientist, GQ, Fast Company, The Nation, Billboard, Rolling Stone, BBC News, Cool Hunting, Dezeen, The Independent, The Times of London, Los Angeles Times, CBS, Pitchfork, RTE, Channel 4 News, Sky News, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, USA Today, Variety, Evening Standard, VICE, Wallpaper, TechCrunch, The Art Newspaper, Design Milk, Forbes, NPR, Recode, Monocle etc

Beatie Wolfe: From Green to Red

As part of the VDF collaboration with Beatie Wolfe, the singer-songwriter has shared this exclusive preview of From Green to Red, a forthcoming interactive environmental protest installation. Created for this year’s London Design Biennale, the project sets to music NASA data showing how atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have increased over the past 800,000 years. For VDF, Wolfe has prepared a special movie preview of the installation. This features a digital timeline that visualises the dramatic increase in CO2 in the atmosphere over the preceding 8,000 centuries, “reimagining both the music-video format and protest song,” according to Wolfe. “It’s part music video, part protest song and entirely a statement of our time,” said Wolfe. The title of the project comes from Wolfe’s track From Green To Red, which explores climate-change denial and which Wolfe wrote after seeing the 2006 climate-change documentary An Inconvenient Truth. “We don’t want to hear that the problem is us,” Wolfe sings in the track. “So we live like we want in our own universe.” From Green To Red has been produced in collaboration with visual-effects studio The Mill and will premiere at the 2020 London Design Biennale, which is due to take place at Somerset House in London from 8 to 27 September 2020 and is directed this year by theatre designer Es Devlin.

Beatie Wolfe’s V&A album exhibition “The Art of Music in the Digital Age” was named as the highlight of London Design Festivals by BA’s High Life Magazine.

Additional features include Wallpaper Magazine, BBC World Service, FT Weekend Magazine, Forbes, Design Milk, Icon and Creative Review

Wolfe’s latest design is the Raw Space Chamber, which will allow visitors to enter an anechoic chamber and immerse themselves in a ceremonial listening experience, while live AR animations bring the album’s artwork and lyrics to life in real- time. Come hear the sound of silence, a blast from the past, and the music launched into deepest space.

The Barbican recently commissioned a documentary about Beatie Wolfe’s pioneering work titled “Orange Juice for the Ears: From Space Beams to Anti-Streams”.  THE RAWEST SOUND ENTERS THE RAWEST SPACE

Following its launch from the quietest room in the world, Beatie’s third album Raw Space was beamed into space with the Nobel Laureate Dr Robert Wilson, via the historic Holmdel Horn Antenna, which was used to prove the validity of the Big Bang theory link to 3 min movie on the absolutely fascinating project.

Beatie Wolfe creates innovative physical and digital musical formats, incorporating data, themes, and locations which push the boundaries of what music is and how it communicates. Her piece “From Green to Red”, hosted at the London Design Biennale, visualised the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. Recently, she was the subject of a Barbican-commissioned documentary, and gave a TEDMED talk about the power of music and its core value to humanity. In January 2020, Wolfe received the She Rocks Innovator award alongside Suzi Quatro, Gloria Gaynor, Linda Perry and Tal Wilkenfield.

Beatie Wolfe has given presentations about her work all over the world from NASA to Nobel Prize Summit, SXSW to New York Times, Stanford University to TED, Spotify to Mercedes-Benz. Beatie tailors each talk to the occasion and audience (something that’s possible with her wide number of world-first and high-profile projects) so there is no cookie cutter talk to share, but here are a few examples of past talk themes and their past audiences…

  • Art of Innovation
    • Delivered to Apple (VPs of Innovation, Music and Software division), Google (Devices and Service division), CA Technologies, Quora, Airbnb, Dell Technologies (World Summit), NASA, Bell Labs, Mercedes (electric vehicles)
  • Imprinting in the Streaming Age (or Translating Data into Impact)
    • Masterclass at TED Women, Berlin Science Week, United Nations COP26, New York Times, Boston Museum of Science
  • Turning Ideas into Action
    • The Project Management Institute (PMI) named Beatie Wolfe as one of its Global Future 50, plus invited her to give a mainstage keynote at its global conference
  • Wellbeing/Mental Health-Themed keynotes “Power of Art and Nature to our Wellbeing” as per her keynote at TEDMED, DLD, SXSW, Calm, Wired 


Recent talks:

  • Nobel Prize Summit 2021 – main stage, opening segment + panel
  • CogX 2021
  • SXSW 2021 – featured session + festivals closing clubhouse
  • Dell Technologies World 2020
  • Virtual Design Festival 2020 – dedicated a day to her work
  • CogX 2020
  • TEDMED 2020


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