A performance of live computer music by Emacs with live visuals by artist Christopher Meerdo.
Emacs (Elise Mac) performs an all new set using pure data, human voice, computer voice and Hardanger Fiddle. Christopher Meerdo navigates through virtual environments and sculptures he created while they were in residence at 8550 Ohio.
Christopher Meerdo grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent time in post-soviet Lithuania as a teenager. Meerdo lives and works in Chicago where he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Meerdo’s new work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Mattress Factory in 2016. He is the Fellowship 15 International Award winner for his projects Iceland and Cataphote, was recently an artist in residence at the SIM Program in Reykjavik, Iceland and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Meerdo received his MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011.
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Elise Macmillan was born in California and grew up in Denver, Colorado. Classically trained in violin, she received her B.A. from Stanford University where she studied art and computer music. She performs using strings, voice and live computer processing and received the Bernt Balchen Jr./Olav Jørgen Hegge Hardanger Fiddle Scholarship in 2014. Macmillan has played as a member Stanford Symphony Orchestra with Jin Xing Dance Theatre, as a member of [SIC] Stanford Improvisation Collective and the SoundWIRE ensemble. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation research grant and has been in Norway this past year studying Hardanger fiddle in Rauland, Telemark.