Corwin Concert Series presents Kurt Schwitters' "Ursonate"

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230

The collaborative team of Peter Beyls, Jack Ox, and Kristen Loree will talk about their unique proposal to transform an existing art work, actually a transformation of another art work, into a general algorithmic, transdisciplinary toolkit for mapping inside virtual reality environments, such as UCSB's AlloSphere. Belgian-born Beyls is a pioneer in computing for both sound and vision in the arts and currently a research professor in Portugal; Ox, active at the Universitites of New Mexico and Texas, is a well-recognized visualization artist/designer of music, and Loree, former professor at the University of New Mexico, is a multimodal artist and theorist in acting and extended vocalization. Ox and Loree have both specialized in Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate.

The 90-minute presentation will include extensive comments on the programming aims and problems in creating the application from an already existing artwork from Beyls. Loree and Ox's audio/visual presentation of the Ursonate will include a lecture about this legendary sound-poem/sonata and its history including letters from Schwitters' son Ernst to Ox. This presentation will exhibit two layers of art creation, the original Ursonate followed by the interpretations of the original. The next step to be achieved is the transformation of these algorithmic processes into open-source code that can be used and grown by others.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016. 7:30 p.m. Karl Geiringer Hall. Admission is free.

Event Flyer (PDF)