[ISEA2023] Poster: Gretchen Jude — Experimental Music as Sympoiesis: Inventing (Sonic) Worlds with “Song Cycle for Symbionts”

Poster Statement

Introducing: A Multimedia Performance About Symbiosis
Song Cycle for Symbionts is an audiovisual composition for processed voice, analog electronics, and improvising ensemble. The evening-length piece explores sonic collaboration through the trope of biological symbiosis. Earth’s varied ecosystems involve complex relationships between myriad species. Often the mutual reliance of these organisms means that, while humans may consider them as separately, they cannot in fact exist without each other. Symbionts include iconic such pairs as the anemone and the clownfish. Such organisms range from the exotic (the leafcutter ant and the basidiomycete fungi it cultivates) to the mundane (homo sapiens and our life-supporting intestinal microbiota).

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  • Gretchen Jude (US) is Assistant Professor Film & Media Arts Department at the University of Utah (USA). She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies with an emphasis in Practice as Research from the University of California, Davis and an M.F.A. in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College, along with certificates from the Sawai Koto Institute (Tokyo) and the Deep Listening Institute.