[Mar 13] OLAP #11 with KaonCPT Collective

Our collaboration with Experimental Intermedia continues with our eleventh ZOOM IN: OLAP (Online Live Art Performance) community discussion forum. For this event we have invited  Michal Seta (concept/charge conjugation) and Nicolas Bouillot (concept/time reversal) from The Kaon’CPTs, a collective dedicated to flip along several time realities. 

Date: Sunday March 13, 2022

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm New York Time (EST) (21:00 – 23:00 Central Europe)

Location: online on Zoom. Free.  (for the Zoom link check back a few minutes before 3pm on Sunday February 27th). 

Following the presentation and a Q & A, the forum will be open to anyone attending who would like to discuss any online live art performance ideas or projects as well as any technical or conceptual concerns.

The discussion forum will be led by media artist and curator  Katherine Liberovskaya of Experimental Intermedia and Harvestworks Director Carol Parkinson.

When In Real Life (IRL) musicking stopped being main stream, we created the Kaon’CPTs collective and moved to online 3D performance space with conducted live comprovisation through interactive scores. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic provided a unique context in which we would perhaps not even think about joining forces in a project unless there was an opportunity to be together physically. However, the pandemic has paralyzed many of us and shifted focus towards online activities. Suddenly the Internet became the only way to express oneself and to interact with other people. Perripplayear, the first Kaon’CPTs comprovisation, is a result of this context and brought together individuals that may not have collaborated together otherwise. Ever.


Michał Seta is a sound artist, improviser and coder (in any order) flirting with various media. He co-founded No One Receiving band as well as UniSecs, a duet of spoken word and electroacoustic music. As a coder, he fuelled works by other artists (and his own) and currently he work as a researcher/developer at SAT’s Metalab. he has ventured into interactive art installations with [IR]rationnel, commissioned by the Montreal Science Center and award-winning Re-Collect, shown in North America, Europe and the Middle-East. His short film [*]nScape was selected for the first Drone Cinema Film Festival and was followed by several music releases in fairly rapid succession, mainly on Silent Records label. 

Nicolas Bouillot is research codirector at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). After obtaining a Ph.D. from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers de Paris (CNAM-CEDRIC) in 2006, he became postdoctoral researcher at McGill University in the Shared Reality Lab (SRL), along with being a postdoctoral member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). He is the main developer of switcher (a multichannel streaming engine) and shmdata (a library for sharing data streams among applications), and initiated SATIE (a 3D audio rendering engine for heterogeneous speaker configurations). He likes distributed music performances, programming, team-based working, reviewing others’ research papers, audio signal processing, writing research papers, networks and distributed systems, composing and improvising music, data streaming, writing third person bio, and playing multiple musical instruments (but not necessarily simultaneously).

About Kaon’CPT

The Kaon’CPTs is a collective dedicated to flip along several time realities. Undecided, their action oscillates, alternates from physical to virtual, hesitates between now, before and later. Previous activities include synchronized network music, implementing timecode-based behaviours and listening to buffer underflows in interactive cyberworlds. Actually, nothing periodically unusual can affect Kaon’CPT’s conservation of entropy.

The core members have been operating music together at previous occasions, including collaborations with scientists (The Melatab, at Network Music Festival in 2013) and unmanaged kids (Gaping Fools, since 2007 in garages, caves and living-rooms). Despite some fruitful solo carers, the Kaon’CPTs are inviting friends for musicking sessions.

The energy is bound from below.

Kaon’CPT members, (GMT-4) are Michal Seta (concept/charge conjugation), Nicolas Bouillot (concept/time reversal), Bennett Smith(dispersion), Emmanuel Durand (graphical memory), Nina Ripoll (action) and Zack Settel (entropy). Other friends have been determined in a near future, including Stuart McLeod (GMT-7), Hiroya Miura (GMT+9), D. Andrew Stewart (GMT-7), Dirk Stromberg (GMT+8) and Michael Edwards (GMT+1).


 Mozilla Hubs scene designed for Perripplayear where the piece can still be experienced almost as it took place.

The performance at Audio Art Festival in Poland


ZOOM IN: OLAP, a collaborative initiative by Harvestworks and Experimental Intermedia, was conceived by Katherine Liberovskaya and Carol Parkinson in the winter of 2021 in response to all the proliferating on-line artistic initiatives brought on by the pandemic. Its objective continues to be to reflect on the aesthetic and technical dimensions of live streaming and to share knowledge among the participants. The meetings feature guest practitioners from different artistic fields (music, live visuals, performance, dance, theater) who speak about their approaches and experiments with online performance (sound, video, conferencing, streaming software, aesthetic and organizational approaches), followed by Q&A. The forum is also open to hearing about new ideas and projects that are in development as well as technical and/or conceptual concerns from the participants. 

As the ever-increasing online live streaming events are starting to seem more and more all the same and are holding our attention less and less, we feel that it is crucial to unpack and re-think the online presentation of live online art practices and to imagine new approaches that are far better suited for the virtual performance stage that we experience on such a variety of platforms (computers, laptops, pads, phones) that have nothing to do with the in-person venues where they would usually take place. 

Moderated by Katherine Liberovskaya of Experimental Intermedia and Harvestworks Director Carol Parkinson

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