Die Winterreise: A Digital Reinvention Performed by Professors Marc Callahan, Lee Weisert, and Sabine Gruffat Wed., Nov. 29 & Fri., Dec. 1 @ 8:00 p.m. – Swain Hall, Studio 6 In a collaborative experiment, digital media artist Sabine Gruffat and composer Lee Weisert will reinvent Franz Schubert’s Die Winterreise during a live performance by baritone Marc Callahan of this iconic song cycle. Using a combination of biosignal sensors and facial recognition software, projected images will come to life over a harrowing, digitalized reinvention of this 19th century music to measure and represent the singer’s affect over the course of the song cycle.
This performance will be accompanied by Bill Brown’s visual art installation Aura Retrieval Machine a.k.a. 16mm Movie Digester, a film projector installation. Donated and deaccessioned 16mm film footage is automatically projected, then immediately destroyed by a paper shredder. As a response to the impending industrial obsolescence of 16mm film, the Aura Retrieval Machine turns a film projector into a film digester. The shredded film is collected in an acrylic column that serves as a memorial object to the final moment of exhibition of each frame of film. Aura Retrieval Machine will be available for public viewing one hour before each performance.