Mobile Music People Atau Tanaka, Jo Kazuhiro and Jamie Allen at RISD and Brown

Atau Tanaka, Jo Kazuhiro and Jamie Allen, all from Culturelab Newcastle (UK), have all worked with mobile sound and music in their practice. Most recently, Jo Kazuhiro and Jamie Allen have started their Chiptune Marching Band. Atau Tanaka’s many mobile music projects are well-documented and he has been co-organising the Mobile Music Workshops with Lalya Gaye and myself for many years. All three are visiting the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University in Providence, RI this upcoming Monday, April 13th. It’s all organized by Todd Winkler at Brown and Lalya Gaye and Teri Rueb at risd D+M.  The announcement is here.

Jo Kazuhiro and Jamie Allen at the Mobile Technology Workshop, Digital+Media Department:
Monday 13th April 9am
Digital+Media, RISD
CIT Mason/Fletcher building, 3rd floor, room 305
169 Weybosset Street
Open to the public

Culture Lab talk at Brown:
Monday 13th April. Time and location TBC
Open to the public

Culture Lab in Concert at Brown:
Monday 13th April, 8pm
Music Department. Brown University
Orwig Music Building, 1 Young Orchard Avenue

Artist bios:

Atau Tanaka

Atau Tanaka bridges the fields of media art, experimental music, and research. Professor Tanaka is Chair of Digital Media and Acting Director of the Culture Lab at the University of Newcastle, UK. He worked at IRCAM, was Artistic Ambassador for Apple France, and was researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, and was an Artistic Co-Director of STEIM in Amsterdam. Atau creates sensor-based musical instruments for performance, and is known for his work with biosignal interfaces. He seeks to harness collective musical creativity in mobile environments, seeking out the continued place of the artist in democratized digital forms. His work has been presented at Ars Electronica, SFMOMA, Eyebeam, V2, ICC, and ZKM and has been mentor at NESTA.
Atau’s Research Interests include Mobile and Locative Media Art, Interactive Performance and Creative practice on Public Displays.
Recent publications include chapters in “Transdisciplinary Digital Art. Sound, Vision and the New Screen” (Springer), and “Mobile Technologies: From Telecommunications to Media” (Routledge, in press). He is co-editor with Frauke Behrendt, Lalya Gaye, and Nicolaj Kirisits of “Creative Interactions: The Mobile Music Workshops 2004-2008” (di:’Angewandte). In his practice, he has recently re-created at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary art, on a commission from the AV Festival 2008, and in collaboration with *zoviet:france*, Matt Wand, and the John Cage Trust, “Variations VII” by John Cage after the historic 1966 Armory performances of E.A.T.’s 9 Evenings.

Jo Kazuhiro

Jo Kazuhiro is a Japanese sound artist and researcher with background in acoustic design and in interaction design. He is currently working as a Visiting Research Fellow at Digital Media, Culture Lab, Newcastle University. He is also a member of The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA <;, Monalisa <;, AEO, and a co-organizer of dorkbot Tokyo <; and Chiptune Marching Band <;.
He will talk about his current project “inaudible Computing” which use audio input and output as a device for physical computing. He will show some examples of implementations with three different art works: Monalisa “shadow of the sound”, The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA stay amplified, and AEO, and two mobile applications: inaudible Recorder and inaudible Phone.

Jamie Allen

Jamie Allen makes art and sound with his head and hands. He works with a range of media – whatever most fittingly serves the central idea of works that are intended to be invitational, participatory, and oftentimes  suggest ways of reinventing traditional relationships to art and performance. His work in digital media, music, performance and public art seeks to create physical relationships between people and with media.


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