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November 06, 2006

Upgrade! New York


tobias c. van Veen + Trace Reddell

Upgrade! New York :: tobias c. van Veen + Trace Reddell :: Friday, Nov 10, 7:30 PM :: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street, (bet 10th & 11th Ave).

tobias c. van Veen and Trace Reddell will perform and discuss their new audio works. tobias will be poking his head into the aether of the airwaves to perform a short interpretation of AUTOSEVOCOM TACSAT and will give a taste of the as-yet unreleased audiowork FOIL.

AUTOSEVOCOM TACSAT explores surveillance frequencies of encoded police
channels against a backdrop of low-end sound composed from fragments of real
and virtual war-torn landscapes. FOIL. A blend of urban recordings from a peaceful Western city with its modernist though unpeaceful counterpart in Beirut falls prey to explosive interventions in EA's BattleField 2 online wargame, eventually detonating itself into the debris of alterity.

Trace will be performing his new live cinema work, “somaticosmos.” In the "somaticosmos," cosmic dissonances intersect with bodily pulse and flow, situating human experience within a barometer of galactic conditions. Noisy space transmissions give way to lush and alien terrains, occasionally disrupted by streams of microscopic rhythms and staticky beats. The visual performance melds the techniques of live VJ projections and digital lumia with the cosmic cinema of Jordan Belson.

tobias c. van Veen is doctoral candidate in Philosophy & Communication Studies at McGill University and a practitioner of the technology arts. He is contributing editor at FUSE and Concept Engineer at La Société des arts technologiques (SAT), where he curates Upgrade Montréal. Since 1993 he has disseminated work in sound, radio & net-art, performing and intervening with laptop and turntables, renegade soundsystems and interventions of inscription [controltochaos.ca]. His writing has been disseminated worldwide. He also mixes a mean absynthe martini [quadrantcrossing.org/blog].

Trace Reddell is a digital media artist and theorist exploring the interactions of multimedia production, networking technologies, media theory, literary criticism, space rock and ambient music, and the history of drug cultures. Over the past two years, Trace's live cinema performances and video works have screened at over thirty international venues, and his net.art and audio projects have appeared regularly on the Web since 1999. Trace is Assistant Professor of Digital Media Studies at the University of Denver, and the graduate director of the M.A. in Digital Media Studies. He founded Denver’s first digital media festival, A:D:A:P:T, in Spring 2003 at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He edits the “music/sound/noise” content at Electronic Book Review and is the producer of Alt-X Audio.

Upgrade! is an international network of gatherings concerning art + tech + community.

About our partner: Eyebeam supports the creation, presentation and analysis of new forms of innovative cultural production. Founded in 1997, Eyebeam is dedicated to exposing broad and diverse audiences to new technologies and media arts, while simultaneously establishing and demonstrating new media as significant genre.

Posted by jo at November 6, 2006 03:08 PM