A concert of new music and integrated video conceived as a telepresence performance, featuring renowned improvisers playing together as one trans-continental ensemble between San Diego and New York City.

Media designer John Crawford used the Active Space intermedia performance system to create abstract improvised video projections on multiple screens, integrated with music compositions by Michael Dessen and Sarah Weaver. The sources for the projections included live video feeds of the musicians in the two sites. Video artist Sarah Jane Lapp also employed the Active Space system to make video projections for a music composition by Mark Dresser.

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Steinhardt School, New York University

Conrad Prebys Music Center, University of California, San Diego


Composers: Michael Dessen, Sarah Weaver, Mark Dresser

Media designer & performer: John Crawford

Video artist: Sarah Jane Lapp

Set design: Victoria Petrovich

Production date: November 2011

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