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Aesthetics, technology and site-specificity in two artistic interactive performances

Sound and music interaction seminar #2

Time: Tue 2020-11-03 15.00 - 16.00

Location: Zoom

Participating: Andreas Bergsland, NTNU


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The presentation will discuss two interactive performances which took place in 2018 and 2019 as a part of the MusicTech Fest (MTF). The performances took place at KTH and the University of Örebro, respectively, with a group of four people with background from music technology, computer science, theatre and dance. The performances combined interactive dance, using different types of sensors to track movements of the performers, and live-coding, to play sounds from two different user generated databases with vocal material. The presentation will discuss how the very different sites of the two performances were highly contributing to the artistic concepts and aesthetic approaches of the performances, among other things, which database of vocal sounds that was chosen. Moreover, the discussion will argue how the performances approached technology from two different angles, involving questions of transparency and control, and how that had both aesthetic and political consequences.

Andreas Bergsland is an associate professor at the music technology program at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). This seminar is hosted by the Sound and Music Computing group at the EECS school. Join with Zoom: