This class focuses on materials and the idea of “in”; i.e. installation, instrumental, environment. invention/installation/intervention- about a personal invention, reacting to local spaces, local materials, and extra credit for pieces that attempt to solve environmental issues in an artful way. Ancient Confucian orchestra had eight primal materials: skin, bamboo, silk, metal, stone, gourd, earth, wood. This class will focus on such kinds of primal materialism, although there can be spiritual/data materialisms. Certain techniques, such as “circuit bending” crossover into performance technology, so we could say that this is about performance outside the concert hall. Documentation skills, signal processing for “situations”, and perhaps a little bit of musical instrument making will be covered.
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