Harvestworks Inside is a series of performances featuring innovative composers and performers from our international community who are experimenting with emerging technology in sound and picture. Tonight’s performances include a solo performance by Merche Blasco followed by a solo performance by Mark Cetilia.
FAUNA is a live improvisation with a set of custom-made instruments used to process field recordings, incorporating body movements and the live exploration of intricate material textures. Merche Blasco is a composer/performer whose work involves designing and building imprecise technological assemblages that catalyze new listening modes and embodied forms of live composition in electroacoustic sounds. She has presented her performances and installations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Sonar Festival in Barcelona, La Biennale di Venezia, NIME conferences, Tsonami International Sound Art Festival in Chile, The High Line in New York, SONIC Festival, Mapping Festival (Geneva), Queens Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile, among others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wire magazine.
Dissolution is a site-responsive improvisation that utilizes Cetilia’s performance platform Fraktur (2001 – present) to explore the physicality of sound and the behavior of nonlinear feedback loops. Beginning with electrical energy as a raw material, and taking into account the conditions of the site in which the work is presented, Cetilia sets into motion evolving and unpredictable processes, and examines the ways in which they unfold.
Mark Cetilia is a sound / media artist working at the nexus of analog and digital technologies. Exploring the possibilities of generative systems in art, design, and sound practice, Cetilia’s work is an exercise in carefully controlled chaos. Over the past two decades, he has worked to develop idiomatic performance systems utilizing custom hardware and software, manifesting in a rich tapestry of sound and image.
Mark is a member of the electroacoustic ensemble Mem1, which the Oxford University Press’ Grove Dictionary of American Music describes as “a complex cybernetic entity, comprised of two human artists plus their instruments” whose “evolving, custom-built systems are as important an aspect of the duo’s achievements as their ever-innovative sound.”