Thursday, February 26, 2009

How Are You Doing?

Chicago artist Laura Mayer has launched an interesting new audio art project - Anyone can call in on an 800 number and record their answer. The artist then curates and posts the best material culled from these random voicemails and posts it on the website.

This is the type of audio art project I've long wanted to do. It's interactive, and involves collaboration with an anonymous public via phones. There are a bunch of new web tools springing up that allows work like this to be created. Just a few years ago these free/low cost tools didn't exist. I'll be highlighting a few more of these tools in future posts.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sonic Bridge 2

a telematic performance event
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 (8 p.m. CST / 7 p.m. MST / midnight Buenos Aires)

Hundreds of miles of wall and fence stretch along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the U.S. Immigration Policy is going in a different direction now, as the Obama administration moves forward. Performers at Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery will be part of a telematic performance event which will perpendicularly run through the U.S.-Mexico border wall/fence, in conjunction with sound artists and musicians who live in Tucson, Mexico City, Vera Cruz, and Buenos Aires. Artists in these remote locations will interact with each other in real time. Although people have many different opinions about what should be done about the U.S.-Mexico border/fence and the U.S.’ Immigration Policy, it is a good that ideas and sound can travel freely across borders.

at Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery (Chicago)
Amanda Gutierrez -- laptop
Dan Godston -- trumpet & small instruments
Jayve Mongtomery -- saxophone & percussion
Carlos Cumpian -- poetry
Noe Cuellar -- laptop
Wiliwaw -- amplified ukulele
Ian Hatcher

at KAMP (Tucson):
Glenn Weyant -- Kestrel 920
Steev Hise -- electronics & samples
streaming live at

in Mexico City:
Kai Kraatz -- Nordlead
Daniel Lara -- FAT BOX
Antonio Dominguez -- video

in Veracruz:
Ernesto Romero -- laptop

in Buenos Aires:
Buenissimo Collective
Valeria Cammano CaamaƱo
Agustin Genoud
Leonello Zambon
Josefina Zuain
Azucena Losana -- video

Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery
2830 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL
$7 suggested donation

Sonic Bridge 2 happens during the week of Sound Megalopolis, in Mexico City.

Click here to visit the Sonic Bridge blog.

audio from Sonic Bridge 2:
1st segment
2nd segment
3rd segment
4th segment
5th segment
6th segment
7th segment
8th segment
9th segment
10th segment

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Distributed Audience

I watched the Mark Dresser performance video and really enjoyed the music. The issue that really struck me though was the lack of a distributed audience. We often struggle with this problem in our own performances. I feel that a telematic performance should include, in its process, the development of a distributed audience that shares in the experience. So far, many of the telematic performances that I have seen or read about focus the attention to building an audience at the host site. For example, in Mark Dresser's performance, there seemed to be audience at the main theater and none at the other two sites.

Another Language continues to work on this problem. We see it manifested in several ways. One site of collaborators are graduate students that have the drive and desire to be involved in developing this form but do not have the technical or facility support from their respective department. They must perform in a classroom because the performance spaces do not have the computing or network infrastructure to support their particpation. Other sites utilze adapted visualization labs associated with their institution's high performance computing facilities.

I really would like to see the next phase of telematic performance really focus on distributed audiences. I think this is the only way to increase the attention to this nebulous art form.
Thanks for your comment. What you saw gave you an inaccurate idea of what was happening. The performance had three local audiences. Also there was an Ichat stream between the three locations. In addition there was the perspective you saw posted on youtube which showed the performance from one vantage point only, the San Diego, space.
We had hoped to create one equally distributed virtual space, but it was beyond our resources at the time. It is a good point, however.
Mark Dresser