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Events(Australia and Abroad); New works(listen/see); News.

 

Events(Australia and Abroad):

Australia: in 2018/2019 we present the Milperra Sessions, two performances of new and recent sound and intermedia works at Western Sydney University's Peformance research space at the Bankstown campus. These will be free events for an invited audience, and involve recording of webcasts, access materials, and a new austraLYSIS CD. These events are presented in collaboration with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, as part of its outreach program, and celebration of the Milperra facilities.

Australia: Keith Armstrong's exhibition Future-Future is on display at the Riddoch Gallery, Mount Gambier, South Australia (November 2017-Jan 2018). It includes Inter-State (2016), with sound by Roger Dean. Download the exhibition catalogue.

Australia: Hazel Smith performed some of her related poems, some new work for the occasion, and discussed John Ashbery, the late American poet, at an event celebrating his life, Sydney University, October 31 2017.

USA: novelling was shown in the Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival, July 20-23 2017.  novelling (Luers, Smith, Dean)is a recombinant digital novel (text, image, video, sound) published by Binary Press (Ireland), and in 2017 was shortlisted for the European Union TurnONLiterature prize. This is a prize for literary intermedia works that encourage participation. Consequently during the remainder of 2017 it will be seen by an estimated 100,000 people on display in libraries in Denmark, Norway and Romania. Read the short-list announcement.  

Portugal: at the Electronic Literature Organisation conference at Pessoa University, Porto, (July 2017) we performed the sonic version of The Character Thinks Ahead at Manuel Passos film theatre. We also presented a research talk on personalised manipulation of deep learning for text generation, together with stylometric evaluation, suggesting that we achieved our initial target of producing text distinct from either the learned corpus (20th century poetry including translations of Pessoa), or the input material from Hazel Smith which was used to seed the computational generation.   

South Africa:  Inter-State, an installation by Keith Armstrong and team, with sound by Roger Dean of austraLYSIS, showed at The Mesh, Stegmann Gallery, Sasol Library, UFS, Bloemfontein, South Africa, Jul 17th- Aug 11th, 2017 (an official event of Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba).  

UK: austraLYSIS, in the form of Torbjorn Hultmark (soprano trombone, electronics) and Roger Dean (piano, electronics), performed in the UK in September and October 2017. Venues: Milton Keynes (September), Queen Mary University of London (performance lab), Birmingham (where we gave the inaugural performance in the new Lab Studio of Birmingham Conservatoire at Birmingham City University), Kingston, London (October). The program included Hultmark's A Brief Note (2012), for soprano trombone and piano, Dean's Vocal Shafts (2016) for soprano trombone, digital sound and electronics and his Piano Stones (2002) for piano and electronics. In the austraLYSIS tradition, there was also improvisation by Hultmark and Dean.

 

New works/recordings (listen/see/read):

Average Violin : This piece (by Roger Dean) was composed in late 2017 to celebrate the work of John Ashbery, consequent on the event at Sydney University mentoned above. The piece is for publication in a journal issue associated with the event and can be heard here.

A Brief Note by Torbjörn Hultmark (2012), as performed in Kingston University (201710) by Hultmark (soprano trombone, composition, audio track) and Roger Dean (piano) can be heard here. The piece has text by the late Brian Nisbet, recorded and transformed by Hultmark.

The Character Thinks Ahead: the latest intermedia piece (2016/7) by Hazel Smith, Roger Dean, and austraLYSIS, uses personalised computational deep learning techniques to generate some of the displayed text, and is now online. We are researching the nature of the text transformations and their impact in continuing work. An article on our deep learning research and creative work for this piece is in press in Leonardo (vol 51, 2018). Read a preprint here.

Music by EJ Moeran and Joaquin Turina: in 2017 we released concert hall recordings of performances of major early 20th Century works for violin and piano by these composers. Recorded by Hazel Smith (violin) and Roger Dean (piano) in 1979.

 

News:

International Shortlisting: in July 2017 our earlier work novelling (Luers, Smith, Dean), which is a recombinant digital novel (text, image, video, sound) published by Binary Press (Ireland), was shortlisted for the European Union TurnONLiterature prize. This is a prize for literary intermedia works that encourage participation. Consequently during the remainder of 2017 it will be seen by an estimated 100,000 people on display in libraries in Denmark, Norway and Romania. Read the short-list announcement.

 

 

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