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UPCOMING

03.08.18 - Drop Forge & Tool + SVB present ALL WOMEN'S EVE - 5pm for pieces by Kat Howard, Phoebe Grip, Emily Ritz, Caitlin Parker & More. Performances @ Spotty Dog 7pm 440 Warren St. Hudson, NY

03.09.18 - O((h))ms [Year] of Resistance - O(H)MS//bohn/gibson/kutler/laura/lutz/madsen, Matt Luczak, Kevin Michael Winterfield 7pm 621 Sheafe Rd Clubhouse, Poughkeepsie, NY

03.23.18 - My Life In the Bush of Ghosts - 35 N. Chestnut St. New Paltz, NY

03.24.18 - Small Living: Her Environment & September Gallery - Visual Work by Rena Anakwe, L Barnes, Jessica Barness, Jen Kutler, Madeeha Lamoreaux, Isabella Maroon, Aleia Murawski & Performances by Rebecca Becker, Amelia Moon and Jen Kutler Saturday held at 7pm 449 Warren St #3 Hudson, NY - Sunday 03.25.18 at 190 Fairview, Hudson, NY

04.07.18 - Hi Lo w/Monte Weber, Obelus Movement - 365 Main St. Catkill, NY 8pm

04.28.18 - 24-Hour Drone Festival - with Hudson Boys Club - Basilica Hudson - Details here

05.01.18 - May Day w/Amelia Moon & Max Hamel - Water Street Studio - 126 Water St. Catskill, NY

05.12.18 - Scourge Night Vol 1 "Speed Trials" - Tomkins Co. Workers Center 115 E State St. Ithaca, NY

06.02.18 - Ob(ject)struct w/Rebecca Ruth Borrer for Confetti Machine Real Time AV Performance Festival - Outpost Artist Resources 1665 Norman St. Ridgewood, NY - confettimachine.com

 

ABOUT

 

Jen Kutler is a sound based performer, sculptor and maker. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments. Her performances feature many of her instruments incorporated with immersive field recordings to explore common and discrepant experiences of familiar sound environments.

 

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The Other 

The Other is a polyphonic textural synthesizer driven by skin contact between two people. The system is able to recognize very subtle changes in pressure and movement allowing for a detailed sonic response. The audio created by touch helps cultivate both increased focus on physical sensations and intensified auditory distractions from interactions with the other. This causes the way the other person is perceived to shift continuously between being a fellow human and being an object. The Other explores physical interactions with other people as they relate to presence, fear, vulnerability, empathy, intimacy and the connections between them.

Link & line

Link And Line is a sound sculpture that consists of a sewing machine and a vibrator that have been modified to produce sound. The motors are triggered by key presses on a traditional keyboard and the notes produced correspond to the key pressed. The audience is encouraged to experiment with the sounds by playing the keyboards. In addition to these notes, they produce unpredictable sounds, motor tones and other audio artifacts by interfering in electromagnetic instrument pickups. The pickups are amplified by small speakers at the base of each object respectively. Melodic and timbral exchanges between the sewing machine and vibrator can result in either object interfering with the other's electromagnetic pickup and playing through the other's speaker.

 
 

Line was played inside her body and amplified through an electromagnetic pickup resting on on the surface of her skin during a collaborate performance Ob(ject)struct with Rebecca Ruth Borrer at Confetti Machine 2018 real time media festival at Outpost Artist Resources in Queens, NY.

Using hand made electronic interfaces such as copper wires to be touched and hacked vibrator synthesizers, audio and video are generated and manipulated by sharing water, electromechanical interference and electro-human sex and uses digital media to map the liminal spaces surrounding the deep and frequent emotional exchanges between intimacy and tech.

Photo by Eric Souther

 

generating values

Generating Values is a piece about discrepant experiences of the same surroundings and its relationship to social conduct. Two participants are presented with the same video content simultaneously which includes simple lines, technical specifications, images related to race and gender, geometric patterns, and other visual stimulation. Using hacked EEG sensors, the electrical patterns in the participants brains are measured and translated to MIDI signals. Different types of activity and mental states dictate the values that are produced. The values are then interpreted to generate two channels of audio and manipulate the original video signal. Over the course of the piece, the data stream is smoothed and becomes a standard, alluding to the ethical standards we develop as the interpretation of our surroundings molds our principles.

 

 

A live audio-only version of Generating Values recorded at the Wave Farm 20th Anniversary Performance at Fridman Gallery from October, 2017. 

 

adsrain 

ADSRain is a mobile sound sculpture composed of an umbrella with added electronics to transduce rain drops into synthetic tones. Participants are invited to wear headphones while walking in the shelter of ADSRain and listen to the various pit pats, drones, buzzes, hums and rhythms produced by the wind and rain striking the umbrella.

Check upcoming for ADSRain group walks around NYC and the Hudson Valley.

 

penetrating silence

Penetrating Silence is a sound piece in which audio is transduced through a dental bite plate to be heard through the teeth and jaw. The use of facial muscles to express emotion affects the tonal quality and overall volume of the audio as it is travels.

This relationship constructs a feedback loop between the expression of emotion, the transduction of the sound and the quality of the audio content that is designed to bring these emotional responses about.