“Calm in the Face of Global Calamities” Performed By NYU Collaborative Projects in the Performing Arts

PRESS RELEASE: NYU Collaborative Projects in the Performing Arts MPAIA-GE2031

Presents their final concert

CALM IN THE FACE OF GLOBAL CALAMITIES

BLACK BOX Theater 

82 Washington Square East                   

Sunday Dec 3, 2017 2 pm

New York University’s MPAIA-GE2031 Collaborative Projects in the Performing Arts class over the past 9 years has performed over 20 music concerts using INTERNET2. NYU has been on the frontline of these types of concert having begun this research in the 1990s.  We have collaborated with Universities in Belfast, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Sweden, Korea, China, Brazil, British Columbia, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, as well as Denver, Stanford, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Jose, to name a few. 

The students in “Distributed Performance” are actually “Time and Space Travelers” searching for new and interesting ways to create music which can exist in spite of the latency, or in some cases because of it.  We examine various techniques and strategies to make music in this new world where a different sense of time exists at your location, at your distant collaborators location, some point in between, as well as in the presence of an audience member who is watching it streamed on line rather than being in one of the performance venues. 

The minds of participants are expanded by needing to be cognizant of the fact that a downbeat in NY might not get to the distant collaborator until beat 2 in NY, and we will not hear what the distant collaborator plays until NY plays their beat 3.  Through this use of technology, a new level of awareness is being explored and a way of navigating what the future holds for us artistically is being developed. 

The idea that, “innovation resides where art and science connect is not new. Leonardo da Vinci was the exemplar, and his drawing of the Vitruvian Man became the symbol, of the creativity that flourishes when the humanities and sciences interact.” – Steve Jobs

All pieces presented during this concert have been developed during this semester during our meetings on line with our colleagues at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, lead by director Diego Romero Mascaró.  During these sessions we have developed various approaches to deal with the conditions while creating at a distance over INTERNET2.  During the semester we have been conscious of the painful political situation in our two countries, as well as the disregard for human life in the many man made trageties, and we present this concert to the audiences as a commentary on the recent calamities that have befallen our two countries as well as the world as a whole. 

Tom Beyer, NYU Director                           Diego Romero Mascaró, Quilmes Director

LOCATION: Black Box Theatre 82 Washington Square East
Sunday, December 3 at 2pm
ADMISSION: Free

Watch online at: stream.smusic.nyu.edu