AMF2016 | Tangent: Robotica

Tangent: Robotica | Dafna Naphtali
Tangent: Robotica | Dafna Naphtali

March 1st, 2016

Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

Tangents: February 23 and March 1, 2016

at Wild Project
195 East 3rd street

Dafna Naphtali: Robotica

Tuesday, March 1 (8 pm)
Dafna Naphtali, singer/composer/electronics/programming with music robots (Bricolo system and Xylophone bot by Nick Yulman)

Tangents at the 2016 Avant Music Festival closes with Dafna Naphtali’s Robotica inspired by the work of Al-Jazari, the 13th century Mesopotamian inventor and author of the “Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices.” Songs/texts as meditations on mechanical motion-- Flow, Spin, Lift and Pulse, are interspersed with cutup texts created by a Google poetry robot, Morse Code messages driving rhythms, live processed sound. Drawings from Al-Jazari’s book are projected in the background as Naphtali uses a Wii controller to direct the robots, rhythms, and processing of her voice in real time, via algorithms and computer programs she wrote.

Work-in-progress since 2008, this new iteration of Robotica is extended to an evening-length solo show and includes other of Naphtali’s solo pieces Dripsodiac, Mechanical Eye, new songs/texts written especially for the performance, and a world premiere of a new multi-channel “Audio Chandelier” mini-installation on tiny speakers. Naphtali’s themes include “technological angst, memories (past and future), machine codes, surveillance and the breakdown of communication.”

Robotica was originally created with a grant from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art.

Video: Dafna Naphtali performing an early iteration of “Robotica”

The Avant Music Festival is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; by generous grants from The Foundation For Contemporary Arts and The Alice M Ditson Fund; and by the support of our members and donors.