Recent Performances 2010
Europe tour — workshops / performances:
Nov. 4 Orbis-Pictus Gallery, with Michael Delia (opening of “Play” exhibition), Prague
Nov. 5 Workshop at FAMU (Film and TV school), Prague
Nov. 6 Skolska — solo performance
Nov. 8 Altes Finanzamt – with Thea Farhadian, Berlin
Nov. 9 Workshop at Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg
Nov. 10 Hörbar – solo performance
back in NY:
Nov. 13 Magic Names Ensemble (Vital Vox festival) premieres work by Gisburg
Franklin Furnace Fund grant for 2010 to continue work on a “Robotica” – for Eric Singer’s GuitarBot and various percussion bots plus gestural controllers. Inspired by the work of Al-Jazari, a 13th century Mesopotamian/Iraqi inventor of the first musical automaton and many other ingenious devices..
The work was presented at Music with a View — March 26, 2011.
image: Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices (Al-Jazari, 13th century)
Robotica is inspired by the person and work of the ingenious early 13th century scholar/inventor Al-Jazari, the Mesopotamian creator of the some of the very first musical automata (as well as many other devices). Robotica is written for Eric Singer’s “GuitarBot”, his array of percussion “ModBot” robots and “XyloBot”, as well as my spoken and sung texts and live sound manipulations.
I am intrigued by Al-Jazari’s drawings and descriptions of his mechanical inventions in his “Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices” written over eight hundred years ago in 1206. “Robotica” is my imagined music for his automata and in part reflecting on mechanical aspects of his many remarkable inventions, musical and non-musical some of which are still in use today.
The piece has been and ongoing project since 2008 when the first ideas and music were developed with the LEMUR music robots during a residency at Eric Singer’s LEMURPlex (see video bottom of the page). Through funding from Franklin Furnace Fund it was further developed and presented in 2011 during Music with a View at Flea Theater.
(see video below). And in March 2016, the piece was once again expanded for performance at Avant Music Festival 2016 (with the Bricolo Music System).
Wil “maraca” controllers of the xylobot
In performance, I control both the notes being played by the LEMUR robots and my audio processing via computer programs which I write (in Max/MSP) and with 2 Wii controllers in tandem physical gestures. Many of the texts I speak and sing were originally generated using an online poetry robot and I created rhythms and melody and embedded meaning using Morse Code for the word “robot” and texts related to Al-Jazari. These ideas, plus my use of polyrhythmic metronomes have all been part of my long-term musical work and inquiry.
This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support of the Franklin Furnace Fund was provided in 2010-11 by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and Jerome Foundation.
Performance and development of the work started during my 2008 residency at LEMURPlex (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, then in Brooklyn, run by Eric Singer). In 2011 with funding from Franklin Furnace fund and support from Harvestworks (rehearsal space and material support), I finished the next part of the work, recorded and presented the work-in-progress during a Music with View concert curated by Kathleen Supové at Flea Theater.
This performance was at Eric Singer’s space at the time LEMURPlex, as part of a residency there to create a project for GuitarBot and the PercussionBots.
In 2011, Dafna received Franklin Furnace Fund award 2011 to further develop this work, which was preformed March 26, 2011 at Flea Theater Music with a View, and later again in 2016 further developed and performed at Avant Music Fest using Nick Yulman’s instruments.