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Singularity: A Future Reality Sound Experience
Sat, January 28, 2017, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
Singularity is more than Atlanta's First Live Virtual Reality Concert. It is a conceptual night of music performance focused on the emotions, themes, and interactions of technological singularity.
Kurzweil's singularity describes a future where machine learning and artifical intelligence advancements abruptly trigger a runaway in technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization. Adopting this hypothesis (and possibility) of the future into an artistic form, the evening will consist of a single body of work presented in three distinct movements, each conducted by different artists.
Singularity I: Self - Performed by Daniel Eric Carlos Hector Alberto Sabio (The Glad Scientist) in Virtual Reality
Singularity II: Society - Performed by Eric Reynolds & Dylan Banks (Flohr & Skybison)
Singularity III: Nature - Performed by Jeremi Johnson (10th Letter)
7:30PM Doors Open, Brief Networking
7:50PM Introduction by Lisa Yaszek, Ph.D.
8:00-9:30PM Singularity Live Performance
Lisa Yaszek is Professor and Associate Chair in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. She is also past president of the Science Fiction Research Association and a juror for John W. Campbell and Eugie Foster Memorial Awards.
Her research interests include science fiction, cultural history, gender studies, critical race studies, and science and technology studies. Yaszek's essays on science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, cultures, and continents appear in journals including Extrapolation, NWSA Journal, and Rethinking History.
THE GLAD SCIENTIST
The Glad Scientist is the moniker of FutureArt Technologist Daniel Eric Carlos Hector Alberto Sabio. Sabio uses bleeding edge technologies in combination with unique interaction design to create immersive artifacts for his participants. His work has been featured internationally, from ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art) to FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) and beyond.
A student but also a teacher. Flohr's academic background is primarily based in Continental Philosophy (phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical theory) and his research is oriented towards questions of interpretation, reception history, and the concept of “influence” in relation to appropriation, disavowal, and disenchantment. In his artistic practice he is interested in being affected by sound, responding to it and being led by it. Recently he has been drawn more towards real time performance than “production”. His first instrument is guitar. His latest is modular synthesizer. Beyond solo work he is a part of many duos: Marketa Lazarova, Fictions, Ordered Pairs, Efris and others.
Skybison is the solo moniker for Atlanta-based artist/composer Dylan Banks. Skybison’s music is a wonderful marriage of the diverse spectrum of sounds that have been influential to Banks. He received a composition degree from Georgia State University and is just as likely to be inspired by Beethoven as he is Björk. Mixing hard hitting electronics and samples with layered vocals, his love for choral music and electronic music is evident. An appreciation for sound design and production has also been instilled in Banks and his recorded music is headphone candy. Psychedelic, evolving effects rewards a careful repeated listener as new sounds reveal themselves upon each listen.
Jeremi Johnson (10th Letter) is a musician and visual artist currently living in Atlanta, GA. Drawing inspiration from surrealism, 10th Letter uses images from his dreams and observations about society and nature as the foundation of his creations. He uses a combination of recorded instruments, found sounds, and digital production to weave heavily textured sonic tapestries. In his live performances, 10th Letter creates bass heavy, beat driven, psychedelic experiences using modern tools such as his laptop and a plethora of controllers. As a graphic artist, Jeremi Johnson constructs collages from fragments of his imagination and memory. His compositions embody afro-futurism and explore ideas of mysticism and the wonder of the human experience.