CATENA: sound/image through a hybrid network

Dilate Ensemble & ThoughtWorks Arts
January 13 & 14, 2022 at 7pm PT
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CATENA (kə-ˈtē-nə) • noun. • A connected series of related things.

The CounterPulse/Thoughtworks residency presents an opportunity for Dilate Ensemble to take on a physical and conceptual expansion of their telematic practice. What does it mean to scale up again to incorporate the body and the architecture of a space?  How does the nature of connection shift when incorporating hybrid presence (live & remote for performers and audience)?  Are there different ways of thinking about what “hybrid” performance can mean or how it can manifest? How will these changes to each “node” within the technological network impact the nature of the exchange?  

Starting in April 2020, visual artist Carole Kim compressed her work in video projection installation/performance to fit beneath her kitchen table, thus creating an intimate live “venue.” Gloria Damijan, Scott L. Miller, Luisa Muhr and Jon Raskin were invited to work with her live visuals in a form of interactive, improvisation-based dialogue. Fueled by the level of real-time connection that we discovered was possible, Dilate Ensemble embraced the nature of telematic performance, including latency, to collaboratively develop new ways of connecting and experimenting as live networked performers.

After an initial site visit at CounterPulse in September, Kim identified certain spaces at CP to explore. In November, the ensemble will return to CP to experiment with setting up a local network within the entire building connecting 3-4 separate spaces that performers and audience will circulate between.  The live audio feeds will network to Scott in Minnesota to be filtered through his sonic ecosystem.  Variables such as amplitude, frequency, physical characteristics of the room, speaker placement or microphones can impact simple behaviors that result in complex layered outcomes. An improviser’s agility in being responsive in the moment allows for the greatest agency as a performer to ride and shape this evolving time-bending soundscape. 

In January, Dilate Ensemble returns to CP to offer a community workshop and continue to develop this piece.  There will be a public presentation at CP and live-streamed on January 13th & 14th, 2022.  The upstairs studio and basement installation will serve as nodes with the final audio mix from Scott Miller in Minnesota converging in the main stage.   This will be a non-looping continuous event where each migrating audience group will experience the evening from different perspectives.  The ensemble is interested in invigorating the exploration of what can constitute a hybrid performance. Are their new points within a network that can provide the kind of connection live performers seek. There will be a post-performance discussion to reflect and voice what this unique prismatic approach yields for both the performers and audience members.

CATENA is presented through CounterPulse’s Combustible Residency Program in collaboration with ThoughtWorks Arts


DILATE ENSEMBLE is an audio-visual collective featuring:

Carole Kim (S. California): micro video installation

Carole Kim is a media artist with a focus on video projection for multimedia installation, performance and photography. She has a very hands-on, tactile approach to the materials she works with, pushing the moving image to take on optical, spatial and dimensional form. Her work has been presented in a wide range of contexts including experimental music, theater, art, dance and site-specific installation. She is grateful for an ever-expanding community of collaborators across disciplines energized by a process of exploration in the moment.

Gloria Damijan (Vienna): extended toy pianos, percussion

Gloria Damijan studied piano and music pedagogy at Music University Vienna with a focus on contemporary music and free improvisation. She has studied with Manon-Lìu Winter, Burkhard Stangl, Franz Hautzinger and Ian Pace and collaborated with Stefan Fraunberger, Vinzenz Schwab, Klaus Filip, Arnold ‘Noid’ Haberl, Christine Schörkhuber and Ye Hui.  Working together with composers Tamara Friebel, Margareta Ferek-Petric, Veronika Mayer,Matthias Kranebitter.  Damijan has performed in Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Berlin, Barcelona, Lisboa, Porto, Oslo, Hamburg and is a member of the Viennese Improvisers-Network snim

Scott L. Miller (Minnesota): Kyma, electronics

Minnesota composer and electronic musician Scott L. Miller is described as a creator of ‘high adventure avant garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for his electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his music is characterized by collaborative approaches to composition, exploring performer/computer improvisation, and re-imagining ancient compositional processes through the lens of 21st century technology. He is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University and Director of Recordings for the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS).

Luisa Muhr (New York): voice

Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary performer, improvisor, director, installation artist, sound artist, and theater maker, originally from Vienna (Austria), lives and works in New York, and is at home in the experimental/avant-garde. As a performer she specializes in performance, vocal, movement, installation, sound, and theater arts. Amongst many projects and commissions she is currently developing an opera with six-times Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill, and has been commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum NY and Roulette Intermedium to create two new interdisciplinary installation pieces.

Jon Raskin (N. California): sax, concertina, electronics, recycled materials

Jon Raskin has been a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet for the last 43 years exploring the relationship of improvisation and composition, developing and honing the language of ensemble music and researching linguistic possibilities of the saxophone. He has performed and/ or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Sam Rivers, Tim Berne, Phillip Johnston, Leo Smith, Frank Gratkowsi, Phillip Greenlief and Henry Kaiser.


January 13, 2022
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