Andrea Grover -
Andrea Grover -
This Columbus Day weekend The Nerve in Bloomfield will play home to a unique festival combining Pittsburgh’s celebrated robotic art and experimental music communities. Musicians from Boston, New York, Chicago and Pittsburgh will be collaborating with local artists to produce unique new works of sight and sound that will be debuted during the festival. Workshops and lectures will will provide hands-on introductions to the highly evolved merger of technology and creativity that is providing Pittsburgh with a unique place on the national radar.
Friday, October 9th from 8-10pm: Roy Gee Biv’s opening reception takes place, featuring a talks by Eric Singer of the League of Musical Robots (Pittsburgh), and JTS3K, discussing his installation “Automatic Glassware.”
Saturday, October 10th, at 7pm: Kinetic sculptor Greg Witt (Pittsburgh) and sound artist Daniel Paul Boucher of Neptune (Boston) will present a mechanized track rover, weaving through the audience throughout the performance with spatial signal processing. Kinetic sculptor Joshua Space (Pittsburgh) and sound artists Dreamweapon (Chicago) will present a riff on the Dreamachine, a stroboscopic flicker device that produces visual stimuli. Locals Gangwish and Technical Drawings will perform as well.
Sunday, October 11th: A colloquium on robotic music will take place starting at 2pm, workshops will be given by John McNulty entitled “Entertaining with Robots: Animatronics Suited to Spontaneous Speech and Song” (Pittsburgh), and Michael Johnsen (Pittsburgh) on homemade microphones and loudspeakers
Admission to the events is $10 per evening or $25 for a three-day pass, students and seniors receive a 20-percent discount. VIP passes are also available at the funder level of $40, which includes admission to all events and a robotic music-related goodie-bag.
The mission of Roy Gee Biv Festival is to bring together kinetic and sound artists to make new cross-platform work, present intelligent discourse on robotic music, and educate a multiplicity of Pittsburgh communities in collaborative methods of artistic production.
For more information, visit: noisyrobot.org.