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Date: January 14, 2017

Time: 8:00 PST

City: San Francisco, California

Venue: Historic Pier 70

Presenter: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University


Sight Machine by Trevor Paglen in collaboration with Kronos Quartet
Seating is limited and event is by invitation only. To add your name to the list to receive an invitation, please visit this page on January 6, 2017 at noon for more information.

This performance by Trevor Paglen explores the way machines see and interpret the experience of watching a musical performance. Kronos Quartet will perform works ranging from Baroque composer J. S. Bach to contemporary minimalist composers Terry Riley and Steve Reich, and American blues to African folk music. A live video feed of the performance will be processed in real time through surveillance AI algorithms, and the resultant “machine vision” data images will be projected on a screen above the performers.

Trevor Paglen’s work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. Paglen has shown his work in one-person exhibitions at the Secession, Vienna; Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum; Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands; Frankfurter Kunstverein; and Protocinema, Istanbul. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, and numerous other venues. He has also launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan.

Sight Machine

A performance by Trevor Paglen
in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet

Johann Sebastian Bach / The Art of the Fugue: Contrapunctus II
Tanburi Cemil Bey (arr. Stephen Prutsman) / Eviç Taksim + 
Fodé Lassana Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Sunjata’s Time: 5. Bara kala ta * 
   Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
John Oswald / Spectre *
Traditional (arr. Kronos, transc. Ljova) / Tusen Tankar (A Thousand Thoughts) +
George Crumb / God-music from Black Angels
Laurie Anderson (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Flow +
Raymond Scott (arr. Michelle DiBucci) / Powerhouse +
Terry Riley / One Earth, One People, One Love from Sun Rings *
Harry Partch (arr. Ben Johnston) / Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales +
   1)  Olympos’ Pentatonic
   2)  Archytas’ Enharmonic
Geeshie Wiley (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Last Kind Words +
Steve Reich / Different Trains: I. America—Before the war *

Updated:  01/09/2017

* Written for Kronos
+ Arranged for Kronos


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