Over the course of two weeks Joe Diebes & Christina Campanella will be developing material and technologies for a new sound-theatre work called BOTCH. The work explores the behavioral difference between people and machines by asking: what’s in a mistake? A performer interacts with audio and video recordings according to the rules of a composed score. She engages in vocal, movement, and drawing tasks that demand more speed than they can handle, inevitably leading to information loss, flubs, and missed notes. The relation between machine exactitude and human error evolves (or devolves) over the course of the piece. BOTCH will be presented at HERE Arts Center in New York City in 2012.
Joe will be using STEIM's LiSa software to research the possibilities of live sampling in this project. He will be capturing small snippets of the singer's voice and finding different ways to displace, layer, glitch, and manipulate it - to create a conversation between the singer and the machine. Also exploring unusual ways to control the electronics through movement.