Verstehen: An Improvisational/Interactive Performance Series for Electronics, Sound, + Live Painting
Emily Rankin - Live Paint, Sketching
Meason Wiley - Live Electronics, Sound Art, Coding, Circuits
Ver·ste·hen /fərˈSHtāən/ German, literally ‘understanding.’ noun: (SOCIOLOGY) An empathic understanding of human behavior.
This performance series explores various approaches to sonic/visual improvisation, focusing on methods of conversation between two artists of different mediums. Each of the five, 1 1/2 hour performances take a unique approach to real-time creation of interactive multimedia art in front of an audience. The uniqueness of each piece is dictated by a number of variables that become more complex as the performances progress. Both the sound and visual components are directly influenced by each other by a series of conversational “rules” defined by the artists. Additionally, there will be various interactive/technological components that will allow each artist to actually control and/or influence the other performer’s work. For example, the sound of specific performance may be generated through camera-tracking/blob detection of the painter’s motion, color choices, or position of brush on the canvas. At the end of each performance, the finished work is installed and displayed in the gallery space. The sonic component of the performance is embedded into the frame of the paintings, and is accessible via headphones. The work is currently on display at the Link & Pin Gallery in Austin, Texas throughout the month of July.
Day 1 - “Minim” materials (pen, ink, sharpie, highlighter, acrylics, amplified canvas, electronics, voice, laptop)
Day 2 - “Patch” materials (pen, ink, sharpie, highlighter, acrylics, amplified canvas, analog modular synthesizer, electronics, laptop)
Day 3 - “Deep Listening” materials (pen, ink, sharpie, highlighter, acrylics, electronics, mlgi (multi-laser gestural interface, laptop)
Day 4 - “Influence” materials (pen, ink, sharpie, highlighter, acrylics, color-based camera tracking, blob detection, projections, laptop)
Day 5 - “Understanding” materials (pen, ink, sharpie, highlighter, acrylics, amplified canvas, color-based camera tracking, blob detection, projections, laptop)
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Performed live at the Link & Pin Gallery - July 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8 - Austin, Texas - 2017
Produced by Lindsay Doleshal + En Route Productions
Videographer: Calvin Cates
Video Editor: Meason Wiley
Special Thanks: Debra Watkins, Lindsay Doleshal, Jason Farmer, Calvin Cates, Amelia Turner, Bridget Farr, Anne Hulsman, Austin Creative Alliance, Austin Community Foundation, Cultural Arts: City of Austin Economic Dev., ACC MPBT Department, CalArts MTIID Department