Concert Info

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Date: October 25, 2018

Time: 9:00 PM

City: Washington, D.C.

Venue: Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Presenter: Smithsonian American Art Museum


Trevor Paglen
Kronos Quartet

Sight Machine

Visual artist Trevor Paglen and Kronos Quartet’s large-scale multimedia performance shows how machines and their algorithms perceive a live concert. During the performance, Kronos is monitored by an array of cameras that feed into a suite of computer vision algorithms used in applications from self-driving cars and guided missiles to facial recognition and biometric surveillance. The software has been modified to produce images of the information that it “sees,” which are then projected onto a screen behind Kronos in real time. Sight Machine illustrates the discrepancy between what we experience as human beings and what machines “see,” and urges us to consider the social, ethical, economic, and political consequences of such new ways of “seeing.”

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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