HyphenHub Salon Series 2024: The Ghost in the Machine

When: Friday, April 26, 2024

Time: 6 pm – Doors open – social/networking

Salon: 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Chelsea NYC

For this salon, we were honored to host three leading art and tech organizations from Montreal, Manchester, UK, and New York.

Billy Clark, Artistic Director of CultureHub, a global art and technology community born out of decades of collaboration between New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and the Seoul Institute of the Arts, gave a brief presentation about his organization and his collaboration with Jason Barnes.

Jason Barnes—the world’s first bionic drummer—performed his most recent work which is the result of a residency at CultureHub using his A.I.-enabled prosthesis and Videosync, a program which enables artists to treat video as audio inside Ableton Live. Jason described the different types of prosthesis he uses while performing: one created by Georgia Tech and the other created by Google.

Alain Thibault, musical composer and Artistic Director of ELEKTRA, a Montreal-based organization that presents works and artists combining contemporary artistic creation and new technologies, presented a single-screen version of his latest audio-visual piece, Apollo 11 Dream, and gave us a preview of the upcoming Elektra Biennial taking place in June 2024.

Toby Heys, Professor of Digital Media in the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) England and Matteo Polato, MMU Research Assistant, presented Phantom Channel—a book, film, and soundtrack—which explores the cultural, social, and political connections between contemporary emergent technologies (such as A.I. systems) and occult or esoteric practices.

Asher Remy-Toledo—Hyphen Hub’s founder and director—has been partnering with and showcasing institutions that have been part of the collaborative ecosystem in which Hyphen Hub operates, including Ars Electronica, Onassis Foundation/ONX, Festival Internacional de la Imagen, and Villa Albertine. This salon was part of Hyphen Hub’s ten-year anniversary programming

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