Sophomore Summer Research Program
APPARITION COIL examines the concept of Pareidolia, a phenomenon that occurs when the brain attempts to create significance where none exists. Patterns of great and small import arise from the chaos around us: figures in symmetrical blots of ink, spirit voices in radio noise, even a man in the surface of the moon. APPARITION COIL explores these effects through an improvised Pareidolic duet between sound and image, placing two performers in a shifting, abstract conversation. The sonic world originates with a live voice processed through electronics while the visuals are performed through custom video feedback software. The performers continually interpret and expand on their audiovisual interactions, delving into the emergent patterns and associations of these processes. This journey of reinterpretation and feedback births dream-logic juxtapositions, finding Rorschach’s blots pulsing behind black metal screams and cathedral choirs singing under psychedelic kaleidoscope windows.
Alexander Dupuis creates time-based works using sound, light, and movement. His practice draws on the fields of experimental music/film/animation, particularly those threads that posit alternative notions of space and time to that of our three-dimensional, linear perception. Real-time animations, cross-modal translations, and feedback feature prominently in his approach, which manifests in live performances as well as fixed-media pieces. He performs as a guitarist, as well as with instruments of his own design, and has played in various guises across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He received his MA in Digital Musics from Dartmouth College in 2012, and is currently pursuing a PhD in the MEME program at Brown University.
Kristin Hayter is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a BFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a graduate student in Brown University’s Literary Arts Program, concentrating in Digital Language Arts. Kristin has performed and shown work in the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Providence, and Prague. The voice and the voicing body are central to her practice, and her work often uses digital and analog processing to create richly-textured works that utilize the voice exclusively. Though Kristin is a classically trained soprano, she has studied voice across a wide spectrum of styles and techniques, including traditional Bulgarian polyphony, contemporary breath work, and the extended technique of hardcore, grindcore, and black metal.