Panel: Deep Time & Intelligence
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.
Holly Herndon. Credit: Boris Camaca.
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.
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.