Variant is a new series of generative audiovisual artworks from visualist Joshue Ott and composer Kenneth Kirschner. Each work in the Variant series brings together an interactive visual composition by Ott, indeterminate music by Kirschner, and a unique mix of chance and user input to create an ever-changing, ever-evolving audiovisual experience. Four Variant apps – variant:flare, variant:blue, variant:SONiC and variant:cascade – are currently available for iPad/iPhone, with further apps in development. The system can also be adapted for interactive installations and live audiovisual performances, and recent Variant-based works have included projects for Eyebeam, the American Composers Orchestra, the Gina Gibney Dance Company, New York City’s South Street Seaport, and the NY Tech Meetup. Ott & Kirschner have also presented the Variant project at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and are currently adapting the system for public art projects in Times Square.
Joshue Ott is a visualist and software designer who creates cinematic visual improvisations that are performed live and projected in large scale. Working from hand-drawn forms manipulated in real time with superDraw, a software instrument of his own design, Ott composes evolving images that reside somewhere between minimalism, psychedelia, and Cagean chance. He has performed with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; with Son Lux at MASS MoCA; with Gina Gibney Dance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; and frequently at venues throughout NYC, including Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. Installation works include a large-scale audience interactive performance at the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland; a collaborative drawing system installed on the IAC Center’s 120-foot-long video wall; and a collaborative drawing installation at the NASA Ames Research Center. Ott is also the visual mastermind behind the hit iOS apps Thicket, snowDrift, Falling Stars, and Pitch Painter.
Kenneth Kirschner is a composer of experimental music working at the intersection of avant-garde classical composition and contemporary electronic music. His work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context. An advocate of open source practices, Kirschner releases all of his music freely online through his website, kennethkirschner.com, which represents a complete archive of all his published work from the 1980s to present. Recent projects include ‘Compressions & Rarefactions’ (12k Records) and ‘Imperfect Forms: The Music of Kenneth Kirschner’ a multimedia e-book from Berlin-based publisher Tokafi.
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variant: www.variant.intervalstudios.com | joshue ott: www.intervalstudios.com | kenneth kirschner: www.kennethkirschner.com
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