Exhibition by Harrison First and Ann Tuikka
WILMA is the first music and art exhibition using QR codes from Spotify that enhance the art experience
Harrison First is a self-taught music producer from New Jersey who later on in life moved to New York to start his music career. Being in a place with such extremes and endless impressions, he began to view music as a medium for multiple disciplines of art; the idea of music not only being for consumption via streaming platforms, or to be played only on the radio, but as something that could be treated as an abstract. The idea of WILMA was inspired by conversations with his girlfriend during their time at university. The concept of finding unique avenues to bridge the gap between music and art was appealing at the time. He thought a lot about creative ways for musicians to debut music and ways for consumers to experience music. He sought to enhance people’s emotions in order to create a deeper connection to art. WILMA (Wished I Lived Miles Away) is an art exhibition curated around his debut EP, called WILMA. Together with painter, Anni Tuikka, a multi-disciplinary creative, the exhibit brings together music and art, tapping into the emotion of the listener and viewer in a deep and vulnerable way. Each painting was originally created to each song, evoking a specific feeling or mood from the viewer. In this exhibition you get to go inside the mind of the painter, feeling what she felt when she listened to each song.