A NEW WORD

Variable configuration for (up to) 8 computers, 8 computer keyboards, quadrophonic (4.1 channel) sound system, ethernet switch + cables | 2019

Premiere at the University of Kansas Film and Media Studies Graduate Symposium, February 2019

A New Word presents viewers with a seemingly simple question: “What do you believe?” Participants must respond through one of several computer interfaces, one word at a time. Typed words are converted to speech in real time, keystrokes are translated to organ,voice, and bell sounds, and music is generated according to the responses of visitors. A New Word allows for individuals to express their beliefs while a highly responsive system translates their input into a complex musical orchestration that blurs the sacred with the secular.

“For this piece, I took a book and filled two blank pages with sacred text. I then erased the text. What remained on the pages was fragments of sacred phrases and a partially erased heading: “INSTRUCTIONS FOR BELIEVERS.” I covered this order or command to readers with a question: “WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?” The book is presented on a computer screen and, through a keyboard, visitors respond to this question one word at a time. When they submit words into their book, the words appear across all other users’ screens. This democratic process results in an amalgam of phrases and sentences which reflects the beliefs of all those who participated. This process also allows individuals with little musical ability to become performers and collaborators in this space.”

-fcz


SUPERIOR PATTERN PROCESSING

Variable configurations for (up to) 12-channel video, 6.1 channel sound system, computer network, touchscreen interface | 2018

Premiere November 2018, Lawrence, KS

Superior Pattern Processing is an audiovisual space where visitors attempt to solve patterns. Based on their responses, the room changes to different videos and sounds. When enough patterns have been solved correctly or incorrectly, the room transforms to one of two states: "Wakefulness" or "The Delta Wave."

The work questions the "superior pattern processing" ability of humans by providing a kind of intelligence test that leaves participants questioning the impact of their choices. Visitors to this space ponder their actions while immersed in multiple projections, a computer network, and a clinical, cerebral soundscape emitting from a sound system placed around the perimeter of the room.

“These patterns are based on images I found during my research. One thing that I realized when I was researching intelligence tests was how the little icons themselves seemed like they were trying to represent some sort of data, and how they also took on the form of people. I thought that one problem with our pattern-solving brains may be that we often perceive other people as data that is meant to be solved. Maybe these little icons are more than icons. Maybe they are metaphors for how our brains group people. Perhaps this connects to how people are thought of and [falsely] grouped.”

-fcz



THE VOICE CONFINED No. 1:

CRUSHED AND BURNED

Interactive SOUND SCULPTURE | 2018

 

The Voice Confined is a series of interactive sculptures which speak to confinement and suppression of voice. Crushed and Burned is a castaway box, housing a destroyed object that still speaks from within. All sounds were collected from the internal object's destruction.

 


 BIND

2' | Interactive VIDEO | 2018

Premiered in 2018-2019 LibArt Exhibition, Lawrence, KS

 

Bind reflects the ephemeral nature of those who occupy its space. In the video, someone enters the room and finds a large, cumbersome book. This person sits across from you and begins to glance through its contents. As the reader moves through the book, he encounters something strange, something that looks familiar.

 


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"From the High Desert"

VOICE PORTRAIT | 2018

Included on the Art Bell Tribute Page, April, 2018

 

A portrait of Art Bell based on a spectrogram analysis of the late broadcaster's voice. This image was captured during his signature welcome, "From the high desert..."



SOMEONE MUST LOOK

3' | Interactive | 2017

Premiere Dec. 2017 in exhibition Of Electronic Dreams and Mediated Realities, Lawrence, KS

Someone Must Look is an audiovisual work that requires the presence of a viewer. A single participant enters the room and is seated in a chair. This simple act causes the work to respond to the viewer. The work touches on how authority figures amass power by exclaiming others to be defected in some way.

 


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LADDER

Interactive PROJECTION | 2018

 

Ladder is a memory space. Several strips of video play back recordings of those who were in the space previously. The work interrupts the complacency of passersby and draws their attention to others who share the space.


the drink you drink

25' | SHORT FILM | 2016

International premiere Nov. 6 2016, Bangalore, India
Honorable Mention awarded by The LA Underground Film Forum
Best Sound nominee, 2016 Lithuania Wolves Independent International Film Festival

The Drink You Drink is an experimental, sound-driven, symbolic film. It is inspired by the idea that two seemingly different things may in fact be the same, and that they may each lead to the same dark end. Each section of the film may be thought of as an intensification of this idea.

 



GRAVEYARD SHIFT

8' | SHORT FILM | 2015

Premiere 9.July.2015, Santa Cruz New Music Society
International premiere 2016 Matera Intermedia Festival, Matera, Italy
Shown at 2017 Atlanterium Festival, Atlanta, Georgia

Graveyard Shift is a piece inspired by the events that I experienced while working overnight at a retail store. I filmed the videos over the course of two days and then spent one week editing the video and one week writing the music. All videos were shot with a GoPro camera in Lincoln, Nebraska and in an abandoned pioneer's cemetery in western Iowa called Slates Cemetery (est. 1878).