Saturday, May 13 • 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Oyster by Joe Diebes

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Oyster is an encompassing audiovisual installation by Joe Diebes that unravels a peculiar moment in the history of music and computers. On entering a large room, the audience encounters a circle of screens, each featuring a group of singers vocalizing in a distinctly non-Western style, each brightly color coded. It eventually becomes clear, from subtitles and voice-over, that the audience is seeing and hearing a computer’s reconstruction of singing styles from around the world. Central to the work is its recombinant aspect. Diebes has created a state-­of-the-­art software engine that makes a continually changing montage in real­time. This ‘brain’ pulls from a carefully tagged database of video footage, still images, text, and sound, juxtaposing them according to algorithms developed by Diebes for their musical and aesthetic potential. By making a narrator out of the computer the work emphasizes a digital perspective which profiles, analyzes, and compartmentalizes its subject.

A Harvestworks Sponsored Project funded in part by New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant for Film, Media, and New Technology Production. This project is also made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film Program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Joe Diebes

Joe Diebes creates audiovisual installations and live operas that combine sound, visual media, and the human voice in multifarious ways. Recent projects include MY TROCADERO (Watermill Center), his broken-word opera BOTCH (HERE Arts Center) and the opera WOW (with Christian Hawkey... Read More →

Saturday May 13, 2017 12:00pm - 7:00pm
CTW Arts Hub at the Knockdown Center 52-19 Flushing Avenue. Maspeth, NY 11378

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