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“Inter/Play…” with Pauline Oliveros and Surajit Sarkar
April 28, 2006 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
Art blends with politics as experimental music pioneer Pauline Oliveros and media artist Surajit Sarkar join creative forces at The Sanctuary For Independent Media!
Even as internet use has grown exponentially, the hierarchy of metaphors that describe it has remained constant: The internet is most of all a mail pigeon, then a library, then an amusement park, then a shopping center. For the most part, the online world mirrors the offline world. People bring to the Internet the activities, interests, and behaviors that preoccupied them before theWeb existed. But it has also enabled new kinds of activities – and certainly not in the way people are doing them now. Broadband internet engenders a new era of instant connection and interactivity. Here, the totality of representations exists in virtual proximity. Representation and communication have become one. Does it mean that the Net is the infrastructure of a dynamic new human consciousness powered by associative thought, of CYBERCEPTION? An emerging human faculty of technologically-augmented cognition and perception?
Surajit Sarkar is currently visiting from India as a professor in the Arts Department at Rensselaer. He has worked in professional television in India, creating weekly programs, as well as documentary and educational films. He has worked as a video artist for theatre and dance stage productions as well, and is a founding member of the CatapultArts Caravan, a travelling video+ arts group who believe that the biggest challenge today is to maintain our sense of selves as we grapple the tidal wave of a national and supra national economy and its allied cultural creations.
Pauline Oliveros is a sound explorer, improviser and composer. She has involved herself with electronic music since the end of the 1959s and is widely known for her accordion playing with electronics using herExpanded Instrument System (EIS). She also founded Deep ListeningInstitute, Ltd. in 1985 to encourage others in the practice of DeepListening for creativity and heightened awareness of sound and sounding. Recently with her Deep Listening Band she performed with fourteen Philadelphia musicians during a residency at Trinity Center for Urban Life sponsored by the American Composer’s Forum. She teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Department of the Arts.
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