Jonathan Chen

Traversing the Perimeter consists of improvisations for musicians, video, and computer, exploring aesthetic impressions of altering and traversing perimeters. While not overtly political, the work seeks to treat a perimeter as both a boundary to and a facilitator of different kinds of agency. The video content is based on the idea of ‘perimeter’ not as a conceptual focal point, but rather as the basis for gestures of improvisation and development. ‘Traversing’ these notions of perimeter is the task of the musicians as they variously alter the continuum of the video performance through an interactive Max/MSP/Jitter patch.

The work is performed tonight by Tatsu Aoki, bass; Jamie Kempkers, cello; Julia Miller, electric guitar; Jonathan Chen, violin.

Support for this project was provided by a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York.