Artists in residence, lecture & performances in 2 Acts.
//////// 1st Act (performative lecture):
XUPSTAR is a collaborative platform for music and performance art based in New York City and co-founded by artist Patrick Monte and composer/bassist Brian Questa.
XUPSTAR has developed work in several media centered around ideas of endur- ance, constraint, and attention span. XUPSTAR’s composition process uses non-stop long-form improvisation as a generative source of musical material that undergoes digital restructuring and recombination for multi-channel sound works, film scores, and installations.
In June 2014, XUPSTAR’s multi-channel electroacous- tic music composition “CIRCULAR SMELLS” will premiere at C60 Collaboratorium in Berlin as part of the project USAP (Urban Solar Audio Plant), a 12-channel, solar powered, WI-FI controlled sound installation for urban spaces. More under: http://www.u-s-a-p.org/
During a 10 days residency at Liebig12, a performative lecture will illustrate the piece "CIRCULAR SMELLS" and their general artistic approach.
Edwin Cotton, american singer and friend based in Hamburg, will moderate this lecture.
Patrick Monte is an interdisciplinary artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer born and raised in Queens, NY. His previous work spans a range of media including photography, video, installation, sound, and performance and has explored issues including the impacts of technology on subjectivity, social disconnectedness, and obsolescence.
Brian Questa is a New York native avant-garde bassist and composer.
More under: http://www.xupstar.com
//////////////// 2 Act (performance):
DOUG VAN NORT is an experimental musician and sound artist/researcher fostering personal and collective creative expression through composition, free improvisation and electro-acoustic means of production.
His instruments are self-made idiosyncratic systems that explore a sculptural approach working with sound and improvisation in partnership with machine processes and the environment.
Recent projects have spanned telematic music compositions, transforming an elevator into an electroacoustic sculpture, interactive textiles, creating + performing with machine listening+improvising systems, interactive music composition for a dance piece based on muscle sound, and performing sonified data streams from NASA’s Kepler mission.
More under: http://dvntsea.weebly.com/