An evening with Pitch Shifting and The Society for Nontrivial Pursuits – Performance

Jiawen Wang

Organized by the Vilém Flusser Archive and the Generative Art / Computational Art Class at UdK Berlin, the event hosts performances by two Berlin-based artist groups Pitch Shifting and The Society for Nontrivial Pursuits.

Live visuals, while musical interactivity, has been crucial to Pitch Shifting’s latest practice. Led by the saxophonist and composer Grgur Savic and the visual artist and designer Sanja Star, the group explores a different types of today’s technology together with live electro-acoustic instruments to deliver high quality musivisual language. They shift from harmony to other dimensions of music where more emphasis is generally placed on mood, texture, performative gesture: timbre, melodic intervals, rhythm and the spontaneous interaction between musicians. The group has been influenced by other areas of exploration, aspects of modern classical music (extended techniques), noise (aggressive confrontation and dissonance), IDM (computer manipulation and digital synthesis), minimalism and electroacoustic music.

Complex behaviors, whether in feedback systems, chaotic circuits, social systems or computer programs are fascinating objects of study. The Society for Nontrivial Pursuits (present, past and future students, alumni/ae, teachers, and associates of the class Generative Art / Computational Art at UdK Berlin) explore the possibility spaces of such systems for experimental performance. They design, build and program their own audio/visual performance systems based on a variety of devices, sensors, analog electronics, and software synthesis. They also deploy them in extremely diverse projects between installations, performances and experiments.

The location of the event is the Aula (Room 110) in UdK Berlin's Medienhaus.

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