[Mar 28] ZOOM IN: OLAP #6 With guest Alarm Will Sound

Our collaboration with Experimental Intermedia continues with our sixth ZOOM IN: OLAP (Online Live Art Performance) community discussion forum. For this event we have invited composer Gavin Chuck, the Executive Director of the Alarm Will Sound chamber orchestra who will talk about their platform for real-time music-making during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their commissions for new works composed specifically to be performed using internet technologies.

Date: March 28, 2021

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm New York Time (EST)

Location: online on Zoom. Free. Check back for more information or click here to RSVP.

(p.s. the link is there when you click RSVP :)


Following the presentation with Gavin 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.

About the Artist

Gavin Chuck is the Executive Director and a founding member of Alarm Will Sound chamber orchestra. He is a composer and music theorist and teaches at Northwestern University. 

Photo by Wojciech Wandzel

About Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound is a 20 member chamber orchestra that performs contemporary classical music. Their repertoire ranges from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced, but their approach goes beyond the music itself. They frequently incorporate video, text, theater, and movement into their productions to inspire new questions in our listeners and encourage the search for new answers.

Photo by Michal Ramus

Press about Video Chat Variations:
New York TimesThe New Yorker

Links: www.alarmwillsound.comyoutube.com/channel/UCUVYK85LqYqNjoGxjGcICxA

ZOOM IN: Online Live Art Performance

A collaborative initiative by Harvestworks and Experimental Intermedia ZOOM IN: OLAP is an online community forum conceived by Katherine Liberovskaya and Carol Parkinson 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. 

This initiative is a response to the unexpected arrival of the Covid pandemic that forced many live performance artists into live streaming as a make-shift temporary presentation alternative. Figuring it out on the fly, they were able to continue to produce some form of creative activity on the new platform… While this was so exciting, even keeping us sane in the early days of the coronavirus, 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 quickly found out that commercial web conferencing software was not designed for artistic performance. Worldwide, the virus seems here to stay, and the reality of in-person audiences being able to convene safely is moving further and further into the future. It is time to re-think the online presentation of live art practices and to imagine new approaches that are far better suited for the new performance stage.  

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