Holly Herndon


Panel: Deep Time & Intelligence

Holly Herndon, Proto, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.
Holly Herndon, Chain Opera, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

For her most recent album, Proto, Holly Herndon staged the training of an AI as a ritual encounter between a chorus of human callers and a respondent alien intelligence. Herndon has carefully structured her engagement with the heterodox scientific and economic backdrop of computer music, addressing both the science of extremophiles and ASMR, for example, while also shaping and supporting a discussion of scene ownership in digital music economies. As a participant on the “Deep Time & Intelligence” panel, Herdon blurs distinctions between laboratory, studio, stage, and dance floor.

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Holly Herndon. Credit: Boris Camaca.

Symposium Schedule

Panel: Deep Time & Intelligence
Video Release: Friday, April 2, 2021 / 9:00am EST
Live Q&A: Monday, April 5, 2021 / 11:00am–12:00pm EST

Related Works



For this album, Holly Herndon assembled a contemporary ensemble of vocalists, developers, guest contributors (Jenna Sutela, Jlin, Lily Anna Haynes, Martine Syms) and an inhuman intelligence housed in a DIY souped-up gaming PC to create a record that encompasses live vocal processing and timeless folk singing, and places an emphasis on alien song craft and new forms of communion.



Music video for the song “Eternal” on the album Proto, directed by Mathew Dryhurst.

Chain Opera


An installation by Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst for the “The New Infinity” program at Berliner Festspiele and Planetarium Hamburg, “Chain Opera” is a documentation of a multi-part Artificial Intelligence training performance conducted with an expanded ensemble.