Artist Spotlight: OK Go at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden | DCW50

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden hosted rock band OK Go Friday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. for an exclusive unplugged performance and intimate conversation on the art of music videos. The band’s uniquely choreographed productions have used microgravity, drones, Rube Goldberg machines and treadmills to create mind-bending audiovisual masterpieces that have revolutionized the genre and earned more than 300 million views online.

OK Go is a 2016 recipient of Smithsonian Magazine’s American Ingenuity Awards in the Visual Arts, which have been called “the Golden Globes of intellect” and honor revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts and sciences, education and social progress. Released Nov. 23, OK Go’s most recent video “The One Moment,” took place in just 4.2 seconds, featuring 325 synchronized, intricate micro-events slowed down with high-speed cameras. “Upside Down & Inside Out,” was shot aboard a Russian jetliner to induce periods of gravity-defying weightlessness. Their collaboration on their early hit “Here It Goes Again,” a treadmill ballet released in 2006, won the Grammy Award for best short-form video. Before their acoustic session we caught up with Damian Kulash (lead guitar, vocals) and Tim Nordwind (bass guitar, vocals).

Producer: Sofia Samrad

Videography: Jon Akin