EMPRES: The Art of Noises V(irtual)

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Oxford University’s EMPRES Collective and Modern Art Oxford once more join forces to present a series of innovative performances and installations that explore the boundaries between music, art and technology.

This time they are joined by celebrated performance artist and researcher Atau Tanaka; film-makers Henrietta Williams and Merijn Royyards; and finalists of the EMPRES Prize 2020 – a call-for-works ran during the first 2020 lockdown focusing on Collaboration, Collectivity and the Digital Arts.

Individual events will be streamed nightly on YouTube through the week, all starting at 7:30pm.


Friday 27 November | Atau Tanaka: Body as Instrument – Lecture and Performance. Convened by Professor Eric Clarke


A 30 minute talk will be followed by a 30 minute performance of three short pieces for muscle-music interface, Le Loup, Lifting, and Myogram.

The talk will consider the human body as a musical instrument. It will look at the use of physiological signals as a way to capture the gestural intention and effort of a performer. How does the notion of “instrument” contrast with the concept of “tool”, predominant in our technoculture? Through an extended vision of musical instruments, can biosignals to represent a virtual instrument, or perhaps even turn a performer into an instrument?

Link to follow.