Data : Salon XX

24 April 2013


Michael Palumbo presents “CrossTalk”, an electroacoustic performance in which the audience and two singers interact with each other through a single augmented instrument, developed using the visual programming software PureData. The instrument analyzes the performers’ incoming signals and maps them to signal-processing parameter-controls in real time. An extension of using music information retrieval technology to control actions and processing, “CrossTalk” maps the control data to the opposite performer and therefore each singer is at once both a performer, and controller of the other’s signal. This multidimensional interaction between the performers and audience invites all parties to question who is the performer, what is the instrument, and who is in control?

Risa Dickens presents “Pass on”, an interdisciplinary work-in-progress combining embroidery and fabric arts, illustration on blank wooden nesting dolls, a pattern of QR codes, and live performance. The performance involves music and storytelling, with narrator and musicians situated within a space populated by the illustrated dolls and embroidered dressmaker dummies sitting on tables draped with a fabric bearing a pattern of codes that link out to a website of digital files. The files accessed via QR codes include audio excerpts of interviews with family members, old family photos, and songs. In these files and in the live performance, a story is pieced together about family: Dickens’ grandmother who was a child soldier in the Danish Underground during the second world war; her great aunt who was born deaf and sent to live in a mental institution at the age of 5; her mother who works with the families of psychotics. The piece is about mental health and identity formation, the things we carry, and the things we pass on. 

Guest curator James Finnerty’s intent was to exhibit two artists who have incorporated the voice as a primary component in their work. Their individual usage of this fundamental electroacoustic model reaches between two ends of a similar spectrum: with one work placing an emphasis on text as a carrier of narrative elements, and the other on the morphology of timbral qualities of the voice within a digital system. 


24 April 2013