Posted on 26 Jun 2017 in sca eventOffsite Performance

Play Nice

Musical Collisions Between Humans & Intelligent Machines

28 July 2017 – 28 July 2017, 9:00pm
Offsite, The Gold Saucer Studio, 211-207 W. Hastings (2nd Floor of The Dominion Building)
$10 - $15, PWYC at the door.

Play Nice

For the first time ever musebots will generate music in response to human collaborators, including musicians, a videographer and a poet. Featuring musebots designed by Arne Eigenfeldt, Matthew Horrigan, Paul Paroczai and Yves Candau, Play Nice invites audiences to experience the possibilities of machine creativity in an evening of eclectic music and performance.
 
Musebots are pieces of software that autonomously create music in collaboration with other musebots. Individual musebots are like players in a band: they make specific kinds of sounds and respond to the sounds made by others. Each bot ‘listens’ and makes decisions in real time, based on their unique role in the ensemble. Much like human performers the bots can be unpredictable. Though they are coded by human composers their performances are exciting because they don’t always do what they’re told.
 
[Play Nice] “Musebots are like our children: we hope they grow to become independent and interesting, but at the same time, we yearn to control them.”(AE)
 
Up until this point, the musebots have collaborated exclusively with other musebots; now they will be forced to respond to humans. Some of the city’s top improvisers will perform alongside the bots, including cellist Peggy Lee and guitarists Adrian Verdejo, Matthew Ariaratnam and Nathan Marsh. The bots will also have some interdisciplinary curve-balls to contend with, including spoken word by Barbara Adler and live video by David Storen. Far more than a technical demonstration, the concert aims to showcase the musebots’ artistic potential and to highlight their broad musical range.

PRESENTED BY THE MUSEBOT PROJECT & SAWDUST COLLECTOR   

Musebots are the brainchild of Ollie Bown and Arne Eigenfeldt, two longtime designers of live generative music systems. A defining goal of the musebot project is to establish a creative platform for experimenting with musical autonomy, open to people developing cutting-edge music intelligence, or simply exploring the creative potential of generative processes in music. The Musebot Project is open source: anyone can download musebots or learn to make their own at musicalmetacreation.org/musebots.

Posted on 26 Jun 2017 in sca eventPresentation

Neferti X. M. Tadiar

Free Public Talk: Life Worth Expending

31 July 2017 – 31 July 2017, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

Neferti X. M. Tadiar

Please join us for a free public talk by Neferti X. M. Tadiar, presented by the UBC Faculty of Arts and the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. 

Tadiar describes the subject of her talk this way:

In this talk, I propose to reflect on the conditions and significance of “life worth expending,” in today’s new global political economy of life (where all life bears the potential to serve as a direct means and source for the extraction of capitalist value): namely, servitude and absolute expendability. I explore the connections between these two forms of disposability in the transnational context of Philippine social life, specifically, the Philippines’ “warm-body” or labor export industry within the global domestic/reproductive service economy, and the financial enterprise of extrajudicial killings under Philippine President Duterte’s “war on drugs”, within the global security-industrial complex. Together, serviceable and expendable lives comprise a vital-mortal system environment for the enfranchisement of an emergent global humanity. We are thus led to ask, how might we approach “life worth expending” beyond the capitalist and humanitarian notion of a productive, human “life worth living”?

Neferti X. M. Tadiar is Professor of Women's Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order, winner of the Philippine National Book Award.

Posted on 20 Jul 2017 in sca eventInfo-Session

SCA Tour

08 August 2017 – 08 August 2017, 4:00pm
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free

SCA Tour

Please join us for a tour of the SCA lead by Dean Lastoria, the SCA's New Students and Retention Administrator. Dean will show the SCA's amenities at SFU Goldcorp Centre and will answer any questions you might have about the school.

Meet in the lobby of SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St.)

For more information about applying to the SCA, click here.

Posted on 20 Jul 2017 in sca eventInfo-Session

Music Placement Test and Tour

10 August 2017 – 10 August 2017, 2:30pm
2nd floor, room 2205, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Free but please RSVP

Music Placement Test and Tour

Interested in studying music in the SCA at SFU? Dean Lastoria, the SCA's New Students and Retention Administrator, is hosting a sitting of the Music Placement Test, which is required to study in the Music Area at the SCA, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm in Room 2205.

This is a 45 minute test for placement in the Music Composition Program.

Please RSVP to ca@sfu.ca.

Note that there is a tour of the facilities after the test at 4:00pm

For more information about applying to the SCA, click here.

For more information about the Music Area in the SCA, click here.

27 July 2017

Play Nice

Musical Collisions Between Humans & Intelligent Machines
9:00pm, Tickets at the door.
28 July 2017
Offsite, The Gold Saucer Studio, 211-207 W. Hastings (2nd Floor of The Dominion Building)
$10 - $15, PWYC at the door.