Concert Info

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Date: July 11, 2019

Time: 8:30 PM

City: London, UK

Venue: Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre

Presenter: Serious


Kronos Quartet & Trevor Paglen: 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 (Blurred vision caused by strong light hitting the eyes)*  

George Gershwin (arr. Jacob Garchik) / Summertime +

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

From the Barbican website: “Artist Trevor Paglen and the ever-inventive Kronos Quartet present Sight Machine, a multimedia performance putting a string quartet under the gaze of machine-vision and artificial intelligence. We live in a data-driven world, but is it really possible to quantify human emotion? This concert puts that question under surveillance. While the Kronos Quartet perform works by Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, Steve Reich, Egyptian electronic musician Islam Chipsy and others, the musicians are monitored by cameras feeding into a suite of artificial intelligence algorithms. The software turns this abstracted information back into images, which are then projected onto the screen behind the performers, showing us how machines and their algorithms perceive what we are seeing. Utilising algorithms ranging from consumer-grade facial detection to advanced surveillance systems and even guided missiles, Sight Machine is a fascinating and unsettling illustration of the discrepancy between what we experience as human beings and what machines ‘see’.”

Learn more about Sight Machine >

Part of Life Rewired

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

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