Opera Toolkit Improvisation Workshop

This workshop is presented as part of the ‘Inside/Out‘ exhibit showing at 117 Beekman Street.

Email [email protected] with “Opera Toolkit” in the subject to guarantee a spot. 

This workshop is aimed at performers, singers, dancers, poets, technophiles, technophobes, and the simply curious.

Opera Toolkit is a collection of open source audiovisual software for performing artists and an approach to developing new forms of collaborative multimedia performance, initiated by Colin Self, Lisa Kori Chung, and Gene Kogan, and is currently in development at Eyebeam. The goal is to build a common vocabulary among technologically-based artists and those who work in other media, enabling writers, musicians, choreographers, and others to incorporate multimedia into their creative process.

In this workshop, we will create various audiovisual scenarios that include techniques such as projection mapping and live vocal effects. With each of these scenes, we will be experimenting with performance prompts that attempt to mediate on-the-spot group audiovisual improvisation.  Participants will be invited to try out the scene, improvise and come up with prompts of their own.

Lisa Kori Chung is an artist, creative producer and researcher working in the realms of sound art, performance, and the future of fashion. As a 2010-2011 Watson Fellow, she documented various communities that formed around technologically-based art practices. This interest in collaboration and community building, as well as bridging different forms of knowledge, has continued throughout her projects. These include Open Fit (with Kyle McDonald), an open source clothing workflow that brings pattern making knowledge into the Processing environment, Pianokosmos (with Tal Isaac Hadad and Gawid Gorny), a reactive system that illuminates nuances of a performerʻs gestures, and Sway (with Caitlin Morris), an immersive sound installation that aims to connect physical and sonic textures.

Gene Kogan is an artist and programmer based in New York. He integrates emerging technologies into performing contexts including live music, dance, and theatre. His own artistic output is characterized by inquiries into the grey areas of computational intelligence, and the application of machine learning to controlling generative and parametric systems. He is a contributor to OpenFrameworks, Processing, and other free and open-source creative software tools.


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24 Nov 2015