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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2017 ➔ Teratogenesis

Thesis


Related people/organizations

Chris Romero (thesis advisor)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)
Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde (thesis advisor)
Ethan Silverman (thesis advisor)
Loretta Wolozin (thesis advisor)
Jonathan Beilin (designer)
Magnus Pind (designer)

Date

May 2 2017

Description

A landscape sings of its coming of age: Songs about wounds, explosions, vastly different time scales, and its heart. Sometimes you can hear words, other times only train tracks, hard disks spinning, machinery, a distant forest.

Concerned with the connection between humans, industrialization and natural resources, the piece questions: What is the agency of seemingly ‘dead’ materials, such as iron? Collectively, are humans also just a ‘material’?

The short opera centers the landscape on stage, represented by a human-scale model. The landscape sings with a computer-human hybrid voice. Behind the landscape, video projections create a backdrop of mediated landscapes, wounds, and industrial processes. The landscape itself is transformed via projection-mapping.

The libretto is written in collaboration with a neural network trained on texts about manufacturing, raw metal materials, mythology, and operas. The neural network’s haunting and uncanny sentences evoke a different, mechanistic approach to language, bringing the audience closer to the perception non-human agents have of us.

Created by Jonathan Beilin & Magnus Pind 
Synthesizers by Nullsleep (Jeremiah Johnson) 
Human vocals by Anja Tietze

Identifier

PC020402_2017_beilj282

Use Restrictions

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/


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