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Festival Inmersiva – Mexico City

FESTIVAL DELAYED DUE TO COVID19 – FEBRUARY 2021

In a very exciting presentation, the Centro de Cultura Digital in Mexico City will be presenting the most ambitious version of telematic artwork Presence (2020, Erin Gee and Jen Kutler) to date.

Presence – Erin Gee & Jen Kutler (Quebec / USA)
Telematic sound performance

Presence is a telematic sound work where two networked performers (Gee and Kutler) send and receive each other’s heart, sweat and respiration data from Canada and the USA, which in turn triggers strong electronic pulses in devices across their skin in response to one another. The two performers listen to a whispered roleplay of verbal suggestions on the topic of impossible and imaginary touch as music is generated live from their embodied reactions in live feedback over the network.

Video and audio livestream will be received at CCD in Mexico City, where a subject will also receive the live electric pulse signals from Jen and Erin’s bodies on both arms.

For more information on this hybrid streaming/real life event: Click here for a preview article published in Cronica MX (Spanish language)

 

 

Noviembre Electrónico – Argentina

November 24-28, 2020
To the Farther (2020) ASMRtronica sound work is featured as part of Noviembre Electrónico in Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of a showcase of artistic work from the 2020 cohort of Amplify D.A.I.

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Click here for more information on my work in Noviembre Electrónico

ABOUT THE EVENT

November Electrónico is the main event for digital and electronic culture in the City of Buenos Aires, which crosses art and science with the alternative world of video games, virtual and augmented reality, and electronic and expanded music.

In this ninth edition, more than 200 artists, developers, researchers and scientists will propose workshops, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, performances, keynote talks, conferences, screenings and many more experiences.

All activities are free and those of a virtual nature will be available at www.noviembreelectronico.elculturalsanmartin.org and at Vivamos Cultura. On the other hand, face-to-face activities in the open air can be enjoyed in the Plaza seca and in the Plaza de las Américas of El Cultural (Sarmiento 1551) from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28, between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., and require prior registration as indicated in the health protocol.

Each Electronic November is a path towards the convergence between culture, science and technology, which expresses the innovative identity of El Cultural San Martín and explores the construction of new audiences.

Since 2012, more than 130 thousand visitors have shared samples, workshops, performances and all kinds of interactive activities, with virtual and augmented reality, electronic music, visualizations and mapping, robots, video games, digital and 3D manufacturing, drones and programming languages.

November Electrónico has the support of the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, the Fundación Banco Ciudad, Fundación Williams, Empower Communities, Cultural Participation Patronage, the British Council, the French Institute, Pro-Helvetia, the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, Centro of Experimentation and Research in Electronic Arts – IIAC – National University of Tres de Febrero, Understanding Visual Music – UVM, National University of San Martín, Object a, FUNDAV.

Somerset House – Amplify Residency

From November 24-28, 2020 I have been invited to participate in a special 1-week online residency with other participants of the Amplify D.A.I. program hosted by Somerset House (London, UK). During the 1-week residency I will attend workshops, artist talks and present my work with other participants of the 2020 Amplify Digital Arts Initiative (D.A.I.) cohort. Amplify connects and empowers an active network of women-identifying artists and professionals working in the digital arts, sound and immersive storytelling sectors in Canada, Latin America and the UK.

ONLINE EXHIBITION PROGRAMME
DIGITAL INSTALLATIONS AND FILMS ONLINE | 24 NOV – 20 DEC
Contributing Artists: Debby Friday, Edy Fung, Erin Gee, Frances Adair Mckenzie, Heather Lander, Kathy Hinde, Libby Heaney, Lila Tirando a Violeta, Sahar Homami, Sol Rezza, Tatiana Heuman and Vicky Clarke

PERFORMANCES | 26 NOV | 19.30-23.00
Candie, GLOR1A, Obuxum, Ouri and Whisky with Flor De Fuego

PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSION | 27 NOV | 17.00 – 18.30
How do we create art in a time of crisis?
Contributing Artists: Chloe Alexandra-Thompson, Efe Ce Ele, GLOR1A & Sonya Stefan
Moderator: Patti Schmidt

In partnership with British Council and MUTEK. Canadian Amplify artists are supported by the British Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

ASMRtronica

In September 2020 I launched To the Farther as part of MUTEK Montreal’s online exhibition Distant Arcades. It is first a series of music that explore the limits of tactile whispers, proximity, and hypnotic language through ASMR and electronic sound.
To the Farther is the title of the first iteration: A fresh take on texture, form, and the plasticity of reality under digital transformations, also is a “remix” of my ASMR recordings made in Machine Unlearning (2020).

ASMRtronica is the title of the project: an ongoing set of sonic configurations that explore haptics, intimacy and tactility in electronic sound, created progressively and without schedule in coming months and years. I move forward in this project through my interests to explore the sonic limits of the conceptual and sensorial propositions of ASMR: also lead by my passion for musical form informed by feminist aesthetics.

credits

To the Farther released September 8, 2020 by Erin Gee. Music composition and art by Erin Gee.

Imagined Futures Festival: Warsaw

Digital Cultures Festival: October 17-25, 2020

of the soone (2018) made in collaboration with Sofian Audry, is featured amongst six other audio works as part of the Digital Cultures Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Digital Cultures Festival acts as an international platform for meetings between digital culture professionals and enthusiasts.

Audio Programme curated by Joseph Cutts featuring work by:

Rebekah Ubuntu
Karolina Bregula
Zorka Wollny
Katarzyna Krakowiak
Erin Gee & Sofian Audry

A programme of six provocative audio artworks from Polish and international artists that act as a users guide, with tools for support in your routine setup. This collection of artworks will entail field recordings, forms of ASMR, as well as meditation and direct methods of engagement. It will challenge the notions of what it means to be given guidance by something “or someone” or a release from the monotony of the current day-to-day conventional series of events.

A programme aimed at being tailored to the user’s personal needs, whether in a solitary state indoors or experiencing the sensations of the outdoors in tranquility.

Click here to access the festival’s website: https://digitalcultures.pl

ISEA 2020 Online

Join us Thursday October 15th at 10:15EST for Paper Presentations session 5 – MATTERS MATTERING: COLLECTIVE INTERACTIONS AND PLAY as part of ISEA 2020 online.

The program is as follows:

Data, Sense, Resonance: An Art of Diabetic Self-Tracking – Samuel Thulin [CA]

Playing with Emotions: Biosignal-based Control in Virtual Reality Game Project H.E.A.R.T. – Erin Gee / Sofian Audry [CA] / Alex Lee [US]

Beyond the turn and towards the event: analyzing the curatorial as a material-discursive practice – Renata Azevedo Moreira [CA]

Reclaiming and Commemorating Difficult Felt Experiences – Aisling Kelliher [US]

Discussion with Session Chair Jonah Brucker-Cohen [US]

During this presentation I will speak about the integration of physiological data into my VR game Project H.E.A.R.T. as a means of inserting physicality into the algorithms that govern the behaviour of in-game agents.

image of MUTEK 2020 Distant Arcades interface

Distant Arcades: MUTEK Montreal

This exhibition premieres my newest project: “To the Farther” (2020) is a song that combines the aesthetics of ASMR with electronic music. This is part of my ongoing project to produce an ASMRtronica album.  My participation in this exhibition as part of the 2020 Amplify D.A.I. cohort – AMPLIFY D.A.I is an initiative of the British Council in partnership with MUTEK Montréal, MUTEK Buenos Aires and Somerset House Studios in the UK. The programme is supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Fundación Williams.

Distant Arcades

Presence

(March 2020) I was quarantining intensely during the coronavirus pandemic when Jen Kutler reached out to me asking if I would like to collaborate on a new work that simulates presence and attention over the network.  We have never met in real life, but we started talking on the internet every day. We eventually built a musical structure that implicates live webcam, endoscopic camera footage, biosensor data, sounds rearranged by biosensor data, ASMR roleplay and touch stimulation devices delivering small shocks to each artist. We developed this work at first through a month-long intensive online residency at SAW Video, while in conversation with many amazing artists, curators and creative people.

In Presence, artists Erin Gee and Jen Kutler reconfigure voice and touch across the internet through a haptic/physical feedback loop, using affective and physical telematics to structure an immersive electronic soundscape through physiological response.

Technical diagram for Presence, Erin Gee and Jen Kutler 2020

Presence is a telematic music composition for two bodies created during the Spring of 2020, at the height of confinement and social distancing during the COVID19 epidemic in Montreal and New York state. This work has been performed for online audiences by both artists while at home (Montreal/New York), featuring Gee and Kutler each attached to biosensors that collect the unconscious behaviours of their autonomic nervous systems, as well as touch simulation units that make this data tactile for each artist through transcutaneous nerve simulation.

Audiences are invited to listen attentively this networked session for physicalized affect through the sonification of each artists’ biodata, which also slowly triggers an ASMR roleplay that is actively reconfigured by the bodily reactions of each artist. Music and transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation is triggered by listening bodies: these bodies are triggered by the sounds and electric pulses, everything in the system is unconscious, triggering and triggered by each other through networked delays, but present. Through this musical intervention the artists invite the listeners to imagine the experience and implicate their own bodies in the networked transmission, to witness the artists touching the borders of themselves and their physical spaces while in isolation. 

Technical Credits

web socket for puredata (wspd) created for Presence by Michael Palumbo. Available on Github here.

Biodata circuitry and library created by Erin Gee. Available on Github here.

Electronic touch stimulation device for MIDI created by Jen Kutler. Available on Github here.

Performance built with a combination of puredata (data routing), Processing (biodata generated visuals), Ableton Live (sounds) and OBS (live telematics) by Erin Gee and Jen Kutler.

Performance and Exhibition History

SAW Video “Stay at Home” Residency March-April 2020

Network Music Festival July 17 2020

Fonderie Darling – As part of Allegorical Circuits for Human Software curated by Laurie Cotton Pigeon. August 13 2020

 

Dyscorpia 2.1 Online Exhibition

I was invited to contribute my video work Machine Unlearning (2020) as a part of the Dyscorpia 2.1 online exhibition

DYSCORPIA 2.1 is an online exhibition that responds to ideas of THE BODY AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE TIME OF COVID – 19 organized by Marilene Oliver at the University of Alberta.

DYSCORPIA is a project conceived and developed by a core team of researchers at the University of Alberta that came together to share their research and ideas about future of the body and technology. Together, they coined the term DYSCORPIA to describe the uncanny feeling we are increasingly subjected to as are called to relearn to use our bodies are a result of new digital technologies such as smart phones, automated cars, contemporary medical devices and digital assistants such as Siri and Alexa. This led to a series of collaborations and interdisciplinary projects that are central to the Dyscorpia exhibition.

Network Music Festival

NMF // SOUND WITHOUT BORDERS

July 17, 7:45pm BST (London) // 2:45pm EST (Montreal)

Erin Gee and Jen Kutler: Presence (2020). Streaming music performance for networked biodata and transcutaneous nerve stimulation devices.

Info:

The fourth Network Music Festival will take place online 15-18th July 2020.

Exploring innovative digital music, art and research which investigates the impact of networking technology on musical creation and performance practice, Network Music Festival presents cutting edge musical performances, workshops and discussions.The Network Music Festival took place 2012-2014 at the heart of Birmingham’s (UK) creative community. Responding to the move to online music making during the 2020 global pandemic and with increasing concern in artistic communities about the climate emergency, the festival is returning for a global fourth edition, which will take place entirely online 15-18th July 2020.

The main theme for 2020 is communities near and far. As many people find themselves socially distant, the importance of community is not diminished, but rather transformed. People rely on sound to bridge physical gaps, from singing or applauding out their windows, to connecting with others online.  Our connections, then, are either intensely local, or virtually borderless. We stay in touch with friends and neighbours, but also find that collaborating across the world is not harder than collaborating across town. In this year’s festival, we want to celebrate and strengthen the musical communities people have built with networking tools, as well as exploring the aesthetics, performance practice and technologies around topics such as web-streaming, multi-location performance, collaborative music making environments, accessible and sustainable performance practice and more.