As Dice: A Stampede of Aleatoric Phonemes
Three poets with a heightened attention to sound present new work from their recent projects: Andrew Demirjian, Tracie Morris, and Allison Parrish. This immersive and subversive evening should not be slept on. Parrish's work has been described as locating an "intuitive coherence found outside the bounds of intentional semantic constraints," and so will this one night of live, embodied experience.
Aleatoric music (also aleatory music or chance music; from the Latin word alea, meaning "dice") is music in which some element of the composition is left to chance, and/or some primary element of a composed work's realization is left to the determination of its performer(s).
ANDREW DEMIRJIAN will be reading from: Pan-terrestrial People’s Anthem, a series of compositions and a book of poetry created entirely from remixing the songs and lyrics of 195 national anthems, newly available from Contour Editions. The music is constructed from sampling fragments of all anthems to build up an assemblage of sonic layers that transcend established geopolitical boundaries. The book of poems is divided into five sections, each part takes a different conceptual and stylistic approach to combining and filtering the 27, 523 words from all of the anthems. Demirjian is an interdisciplinary artist who creates image, sound and text assemblages. His work questions the systems, typologies and language that construct consciousness and guide behavior. Drawing from conceptual art, experimental music and computer science he creates poetry and audiovisual compositions that use constraint systems, chance operations and remixing. The pieces take the form of interactive installations, generative artworks, audiovisual performances and single channel videos.
Andrew’s work has been exhibited at The Museum of the Moving Image, Eyebeam, Rush Arts, the White Box gallery, the Fridman Gallery, Cyberfest, Fieldgate Gallery, the Center for Book Arts, The Newark Museum and many other galleries, festivals and museums. He is the author of Pan-terrestrial People’s Anthem, a book of poetry and collection of music that remixes the lyrics and music of 195 national anthems. The MacDowell Colony, Puffin Foundation, Artslink, Harvestworks, Diapason, The Experimental Television Center, The Bemis Center, LMCC Swing Space, The Visual Studies Workshop and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts are among some of the organizations that have supported his work. Andrew teaches theory and production courses in emerging media in the Film and Media Department and IMA MFA program at Hunter College. He is currently a Fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where he is working on a computational text analysis project for media production.
ALLISON PARRISH is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet, with a focus on artificial intelligence and computational creativity. She is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she earned her master's degree in 2008. Allison is originally from West Bountiful, Utah and currently lives in Brooklyn. Named "Best Maker of Poetry Bots" by the Village Voice in 2016, Allison's computer-generated poetry has recently been published in Ninth Letter and Vetch. She is the author of "@Everyword: The Book" (Instar, 2015), which collects the output of her popular long-term automated writing project that tweeted every word in the English language. The word game "Rewordable," designed by Allison in collaboration with Adam Simon and Tim Szetela, was published by Penguin Random House in August 2017 after a successful round of Kickstarter funding. Her first full-length book of computer-generated poetry, "Articulations," was published by Counterpath in 2018. The poems in Articulations are the output of a computer program that extracts linguistic features from over 2 million lines of public domain poetry, then traces fluid paths between the lines based on their similarities. By turns propulsive and meditative, the poems demonstrate an intuitive coherence found outside the bounds of intentional semantic constraints. The goal of this procedure is to explore an aesthetic of poetic cohesion based on unusual, perhaps unseen similarities among the lines, based not on their surface meaning but their underlying linguistic structure.
TRACIE MORRIS is a poet who has worked extensively as a page-based writer, sound poet, critic, scholar, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ronald Feldman Gallery, The Silent Barn, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Drawing Center, The Gramsci Monument with Thomas Hirshhorn for the DIA Foundation and other galleries and museums. She leads her own eponymous band and is a lead singer for Elliott Sharp's group, Terraplane. Tracie is the recipient of NYFA, Creative Capital, Asian Cultural Council and other grants, fellowships, residencies and awards for poetry and performance including Yaddo, Millay and MacDowell colonies. Tracie presents her work as a poet, performer and scholar around the globe and has presented, performed and researched in almost 30 countries and 40 US States. She has contributed to, and been written about in, several anthologies of literary criticism including: The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, The Break Beat Poets, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women, The &Now Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, American Women Poets in the 21st Century, Eco-language Reader and An Exaltation of Forms. Her most recent poetry collection, Rhyme Scheme, (Zasterle Press, 2012) also includes a sound poetry CD. She is also the author of Intermission (Soft Skull Press, 1998) and Chap-T-her Won (TM Ink) . Tracie was recently featured on the experimental blues recording 4am Always, with Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane. She is co-editor, with Charles Bernstein, of “Best American Experimental Writing” (2016) from Wesleyan University Press. Her upcoming book, handholding: 5 kinds, is published by Kore Press, debuting in late 2015. Tracie holds an MFA in Poetry from Hunter College, has studied classical British acting technique extensively at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and American acting techniques at Michael Howard Studios. Tracie holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She is a former CPCW Poetics fellow of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, Associated Writing Programs, The Shakespeare Society and The Shakespeare Forum. Tracie is Professor and Coordinator of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
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