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

Thesis


Related people/organizations

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

Date

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_bjerm019

Use Restrictions

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