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ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
Monday, August 17 • 10:00pm - Tuesday, August 18 •12:00am
AV Disruption

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AV Disruption brings together a program of audio, and audio video performances that best exemplify what it means to bridge research and practice. The four performances are solidly grounded into academic research, be it in computer music, or in generative and interactive systems. Instead of simply using the current software available to produce audio-video pieces, the artists in this program have developed custom made software to craft unique audiovisual systems and instruments that result in unique experiences.

Artists included in this program:

Babil-on (2013) by Greg Beller
Babil-on is a performance of augmented musical theater which describes metaphorically the fate of the speech. Of a birth marked by the enjoyment of the phonation and by the purity of the vowel, the babbling gets excited in hiccup, then in crisis to laugh. An accident occurs then: the irruption of a consonant. By contagion, the voice complicates little by little in the sketch of a pre-language. Then, the semantic sense bursts as a new disruptive phenomenon. It drives the speech in a continuous stream of linguistic actions, which will eventually impoverish the vocal material by exhaustion. It is the fall of Babylon. The word is exhausted only a pure singing will allow us a return in the original breath. Watch Babil-on

Vex (2013) by Chris Vik and Brad Hammond
Vex is broken geometry. You can hear it screech and groan as it undulates under pressure, until the moment it snaps and explodes into a furious and broken, but perfectly synchronised dance of both sound and form. A behavioral computation model directs Vex’s geometric movements, which in turn conducts its granular soundtrack. Vex never repeats itself. Its visual and sonic contours tightly follow a seemingly natural pattern of movement, randomly disrupted by the broken algorithms that drive it.  Vex takes you on a journey between the ambient and the violent. Listen to Cybogensis

OnNextCount (2015) by Christopher Anderson
OnNextCount uses a generative music system to directly relate to compositional gestures of the author playing Trombone in the frame of structured improvisation. The piece is exploring alternative ways to engage in electronic music performance and representation. Both the improvisatorial and generative elements used within this performance are in dialogue with trying to better understand a thematic aspect of human and machine autonomy, and the aesthetics of disruption and the ephemeral. Algorithmic is performed using Ableton Live software. However, unlike many electronic music performances that also use this software to play pre-recorded material, this piece uses an embedded Max for Live system to generated new musical material and signal-processed gestures. This is also an attempt to move away from using fixed-media in live electronic music by allowing a computationally assistive system to disrupt the performer’s autonomy by also generating new MIDI melodies and rhythms based on a corpus of the composer’s own musical ideas. Watch Transom

Transmissions [v.2] (2014) by UVB 76  a.k.a Gaëtan Bizien and Tioma Tchoulanov
Transmissions [v.2] is an audiovisual performance that explores the place of electronic interfaces in our society. Many broadcast media are explored, remixed, repurposed, disrupted: television, computer screens, monitors, GPS, drones, satellite views... The overall design integrates the visual and noise disturbances from these technologies in order to produce a visual experience were the degenerative alterations are fully part of the creative process. These aesthetic choices allow the audience to consider unpredictable and disruptive elements as tools of expression evoking dystopia. Examples of previous work teaser by UVB 76

Curated by Philippe Pasquier, Metacreation Lab, Canada

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Philippe Pasquier

ISEA2015 Symposium Director, Associate Professor, Scool of Interactive Arts + Technology
Dr. Philippe Pasquier is Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. He is both a recognized scientist and a multi-disciplinary artist. His contributions range from theoretical research in artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems... Read More →

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UVB 76

UVB 76 est une formation pluridisciplinaire constituée de Gaëtan Bizien et Tioma Tchoulanov.
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Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson is a multi-disciplinary musician and artist investigating alternative approaches to compositional and performance models using generative and computationally assistive systems. His recent compositions for electronics and trombone explore embedded generative processes... Read More →
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Greg Beller

Greg Beller works as an artist, a researcher, a teacher and a computer designer for contemporary arts. He defended a PhD thesis in Computer Science on generative models for expressivity and their applications for speech and music, especially through performance. While developing new... Read More →
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Chris Vik

I'm a media artist and creative developer. I work a lot in Max and MaxForLive; primarily with motion capture devices (Kinect, Leap Motion) and interactive music systems.

Monday August 17, 2015 10:00pm - Tuesday August 18, 2015 12:00am PDT
Wong Theatre Simon Fraser University (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4, Canada)
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