Sy5z3n_1: Meditation for Atomized Respiration (2017). Written for and performed with Mocrep at the Art Institute of Chicago, March 30, 2017 [process + documentation]

Info about the piece: A meditation in the form of generative behavior, “Sy5z3n_1” embraces noise and fissure as a natural state of being for bodies living in the information age. The sound of one performer’s atomized breath incites the behavior of the others, metered by the pace of their own individual respiration. Four performers seek solace in actions based on a constructed system of sound, breath, motion, and suspension.Performed in response to the GO exhibit. "Go, the second exhibition in the Art Institute’s Modern Series, explores how artists responded to different ways of experiencing and seeing the world in the accelerated modern age." 

Mocrep info: Mocrep is a Chicago-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of radical, 21st century music that engages with contemporary culture - aesthetically, socially, and politically. We specialize in works that not only synthesize music, theater, and performance art, but also productively embrace the differences between these mediums. In this way, we hope to expose and explore new possibilities in performance today. Comprised of eleven performers, the group’s practice reflects upon the idea of music as a medium, the meaning of performance as a social relationship, and the potential of art as a catalyst for change. Mocrep constantly pushes to address political, social, and cultural questions through performance, and aims to create spaces for audiences to do the same. Collaboration is a central part of this practice, both between composers and performers and across artistic disciplines.

Images (L-R): Row1 - Performance notation for microphone, walkie talkies, cymbal, and sampler. Row2 - Performance documentation: Michael Smith (stills), Sophia Hayne (video), live audio recording, the original sy5z3n interactive module system (custom hardware and software) controls a solenoid sequencer and fiber optic leds.