Exhibition Lecture: Christopher Jette Grant Wood Fellow, Interdisciplinary Performance
7:30 PM–8:30 PM
116 Art Building West
141 N Riverside Drive, Iowa City
"The Music Composition and New Media Work of Christopher Jette (or…how to make a ruler sing)"
Christopher Jette will discuss his work as a composer and New Media artist who works at the intersection of technology and humanity. Blending human performers, computers, game controllers, 3D printing, live video processing, and good ol’-fashioned wood/metal instruments, this talk will present a range of compositional works and installations. Jette’s pieces capture the unique possibilities of the early twenty-first century, using a hybrid of techniques and tools to explore the co-dependence of technology and humans. To provide a conceptual framework, he will provide a biographical sketch (complete with childhood pictures) and outline the aesthetic influence of his collaborators. Finally, he will discuss his work at the University of Iowa, where he is leading the Laptop Ensemble (LOUi), exploring the possibilities of multiperson performance that posits the personal computer as a musical instrument.
Christopher Jette is a curator of lovely sounds, creating work as a composer and New Media artist. Through collaboration he has created pieces that involve dance, theater, websites, electronics, food, toys, typewriters, cell phones, instrument design, and traditional instruments. Jette also explores “creative placemaking,” the shaping of our physical and social environment, through site-specific and interactive work, as a member of the Anchorage-based, environment-visualizing Light Brigade. He trained as a composer at the New England Conservatory (MM) and UC Santa Barbara (PhD).
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