Dinner Party Salon

yoga, origami, semi-raw food and e.e. cummings

14 Dec 2006

It was an early salon dinner party and the performances were based on E.E. Cummings by Stephanie Pan and Stelios Manousakis. The CI project was presented by Marije ten Brink and the micro-green cuisine by Debra Solomon.


Penrose Tile at Mediamatic -

Stephanie Pan and Stelios Manousakis' performance was based on E.E. Cummings' NOISE and L-Systems. NOISE is a sonic poem only published after Cummings' death, which was focused on the phonemic quality of words. L-Systems is a generative algorithm made to imitate growth. Using these two things as a starting point, Stelios and Stephanie did a controlled improvisation using voice and electronics, aiming to elaborate on Cummings' merging of the senses.

Stelios Manousakis gave a lecture on L-Systems. L-systems are a set of to imitate life and growth, originally formulated by the botanist and biologist A. Lindemayer. Stelios showed some examples of applications of L-systems in music programmed in max/MSP.

Stephanie Pan encouraged everybody to participate in her origami workshop. Origami is the art of paper folding, originating from Japan.

Marije ten Brink presented the CI (Curriculum Illusione). The CI is the is opposite of the CV (Curriculum Vitae). Whereas the CV looks back on life, CI looks back from your time of death to the moment in which you wrote your CI. You can put your CI into Walhalla, where you can find other CI-ers with similar plans and interests.

Debra Solomon (*) explained the concept behind her micro-green Cuisine.