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Date: October 25, 2018

Time: 9:00 PM

City: Washington, D.C.

Venue: Kogod Courtyard

Presenter: Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Sight Machine
A performance by Trevor Paglen in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet

This performance by Trevor Paglen explores the way machines see and interpret the experience of watching a musical performance. As Kronos Quartet performs works from their wide-ranging, genre-defying repertoire, a live video feed of the performance is processed in real time through surveillance AI algorithms, and the resultant “machine vision” data images are 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

John Oswald / Spectre **

Tanburi Cemil Bey (arr. Stephen Prutsman) / Eviç Taksim +  

Fodé Lassana Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Sunjata’s Time: 5. Bara kala ta *

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 **

Islam Chipsy (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Zaghlala زغللةً *

George Gershwin (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Summertime +

Steve Reich / Different Trains: I. America—Before the war **

*Composed for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire
** Written for Kronos / + Arranged for Kronos

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