oyster by Joe Diebes

oyster is both an opera and a surround sound and image installation by Joe Diebes that traces a surprising musical history of our algorithmically regulated society.  In the 1960’s, renowned American folklorist Alan Lomax developed a wildly ambitious system called cantometrics for coding and analyzing folk songs from every corner of… Continue reading

2014 Sponsored Projects

Commissioned Works/Special Projects is our program offering financial and administrative assistance to individual artists. We act as a fiscal agent for those artists applying for grants from federal and state programs and private foundations. Through this program we help develop collaborative projects between artists and assist with the presentation of their work. In 2014, we have sponsored the following projects. Continue reading

[Jun 15 – Sep 2] The Augmented Reality War of 1812

On Governors Island visitors with their smart phone, iPad and Android tablets take a self guided augmented reality tour of scenes of the War of 1812. Flaneurs will discover the USRC cutter ACTIVE chase down the smuggler FAIR AMERICAN on the Hudson River, highly inflated bank notes floating over the parade ground, and an American sailor, a tar, shouldering his duffle bag at the ferry landing. Continue reading

[May 19] Ice Cream Time – Didkovsky, Dimuzio, PRISM Quartet

The PRISM Quartet, composer/guitarist Nick Didkovsky, and sonic alchemist Thomas Dimuzio perform Ice Cream Time, an evening-length work by Harvestworks Sponsored Artist Didkovsky that uses electric guitar, an onslaught of saxophones, and real-time computer processing to explore the boundaries between human- and software-generated music. Didkovsky is best known for his work with Doctor Nerve, Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, and Bang On A Can, and for developing the computer music language JMSL. Continue reading