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VIVA VOCE Sound and Video Installation

VIVA VOCE Sound and Video Installation on view

Dates: January 22 – 24

Location: Human Resources, Chinatown, LA

Will be joined by a
BIG CITY FORUM conversation Wednesday, January 23, 7.30pm

based on the installation and discussion theme “VOICE AND BODY SEEN THROUGH DIGITAL MEDIA”

Micol Hebron, performance/installation artist, faculty Chapman University Ming-Yueng S Ma, Associate Professor in Media Studies, Pitzer College Victoria Vesna, Department of Design | Media Arts, Professor and Chair, UCLA Katharina Rosenberger, composer, Asst. Professor, Music, UC San Diego

Moderated by Nina Eidsheim, Asst. Professor, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

VIVA VOCE celebrates vocal performance art in an interactive and experimental context and through this lens explores voice, body relationships, and the self. In the process, the work investigates the root of oral tradition and its impact on shared information in the virtual versus physical social space. In real-time visitors play and re-compose performance and documentary sequences of three vocal artists—Juliana Snapper (Los Angeles), Shelley Hirsch (New York), and Pamela Z (San Francisco)—by interacting with a 3D sonic sculpture on an iPad. Sung and spoken passages appear synchronized to the visual portrayal of the protagonists on floating screens in the gallery space. By improvising with the iPad interface and triggering text and vocal passages, visitors become not only intimately introduced to the vocalists; they turn into performers themselves.

Katharina Rosenberger, Composition, Artistic Direction • Heiko Kalmbach, Video • Michael Schmitz, iPad Design, App Programming • Jason Ponce, Multimedia Programming • Vance Galloway, Set Design, Technical Direction • Joe Kucera, Audio Engineering • Nick Drashner, Audio Mastering

Special thanks to Human Resources, LA, swissnex San Francisco, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Swiss Consulate General LA, Big City Forum, LA, the Goethe Institut Los Angeles, and Naut Humon, Recon 4, CalIT2 for supporting the show and opening events.
VIVA VOCE has been awarded the mediaproject/sitemapping grant of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Berne and is funded in part through the Hellman Foundation Fellowship, San Francisco, the UC San Diego Academic Senate Grant, the Faculty Career Development Program and the UC San Diego Department of Music.

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