Project Description

What positive message do you want to emanate to the world today?

Paula Crown
Multimedia Installation
Dimensions Variable
Physical Installation: Miami, FL

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

Miami, FL, 2021––During Miami Art Week, the New World Symphony will present EMANARE, an interactive installation by Chicago-based artist Paula Crown. Known for her multimedia practice incorporating cutting-edge technologies and social activism, this presentation, traveling from New York’s Rockefeller Center, will be EMANARE’s largest iteration yet. On view over two evenings, November 30 and December 1, 2021 from 7-11pm This participant-generated artwork will be projected onto the building’s famed WALLCAST®, and invites an audience from across the globe to activate the work by entering messages of positive intention and affirmation via QR-code, or through the artist’s website by answering the question, “What positive message do you want to emanate into the world today?”

Inspired by Buddhist prayer wheels, EMANARE, Latin for emanate, scrolls these positive messages in a ruminative, meditative fashion across WALLCAST®, pulsating with calming colors, and a soundscape developed for the artwork in collaboration with New World Symphony Fellows: Douglas Aliano, Amelia del Cano, Ben Fryxell, Zoë Merrill, Zachary Ragent, and Marcelina Suchocka. These messages layer, conjoin and merge into one another, transforming the work into a collection of each participant’s unique contribution, inspiring us to be present, consider others, and continue to spread positivity. More about NWS here.

“EMANARE, which invites anyone to become a co-author as well as an observer of art, is predicated on public participation, and how art, in dialog with audiences, can transform reality.  The desire to explore, display, and analyze the ways in which people interact with, but also build community, is in complete harmony with New World Symphony, whose rich and dedicated platform is a beacon.  Needless to say, I’m excited and honored to be working with NWS and their fellows to discover how to layer another art form, sound, into the synergetic sensorium that is EMANARE.”
–Paula Crown, Artist


As a project formed by contributions from various publics, EMANARE naturally invites collaboration. While installed at New World Symphony, Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2021, several groups participated in the project, providing focused messages that alternatively created platforms for art and exchange.


EMANARE is predicated on public participation, and how art, in dialog with audiences, can transform reality. During Art Basel Miami Beach, Paula Crown Atelier engaged six different organizations on their unique messages, featuring these emanations via EMANARE. Participating organizations: Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship, Surfrider. Foundation Miami Chapter, La Escuela de Teatro, Inc., Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc., Hued Songs, and The National YoungArts Foundation


During Miami Art Week Pioneer Winter activated EMANARE with two improvised movement jams. Inspiring others to continue the conversation and create new points of view is at the core of Paula Crown’s atelic practice. This intergenerational and physically integrated company is rooted in social practice and community, queer visibility, and beauty beyond the mainstream. They seek to democratize performance through the unexpected.