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Mauricio Martinez

Published: 2011

A cross-collaborative endeavor between visual artist Eric Metcalfe and musician George E. Lewis. Eric Metcalfe’s art practice epitomizes the Canadian avant-garde. His work has merged and crossed disciplines since the late 1960s: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking, performance, video and film. A pioneer in interactive music, the computer-based installations of ICASP researcher George Lewis provoke confrontations between agency and indeterminacy. The shapes and forms of Ikons evoke the wildlife and spirituality of the Pacific Northwest, mediated by a computer program that uses the detected presence of visitors’ bodies to drive a continuous recombination of sounds derived from a Lewis work for chamber ensemble composed for the installation.

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...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)