“Does It Still Feel Weird If I Just Use My Hands?”
NEW INC, 231 Bowery NYC
Friday, May 29, 2015
A performance by experimental rock musician EMA
On her critically-acclaimed LP The Future’s Void, Erika M. Anderson (EMA) unveiled songs about surveillance, data mining ,and internet privacy, all written before Snowden fled to Russia. The New York Times called her “a technological prophet in her own time.”
In conjunction with the cyberfeminist collective Deep Lab’s residency at NEW INC during the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY festival, Anderson investigates these themes again with a decidedly lighter touch. Responding to the festival theme of the “Invisible City,” Anderson draws on her experiences as a substitute teacher to re-interpret surveillance through a lo-fi approach. “Does It Still Feel Weird If I Just Use My Hands” investigates privacy, representation, and surveillance using paper and pencil instead of cameras and computers.
“I was inspired by Jason Polan’s attempt to draw everyone in NYC. Since some of it is done surreptitiously, it’s kind of a form of surveillance. But because it’s done by hand, it feels loving instead of sinister.”
For this experimental performance, Anderson will provide a soundtrack and drawings of her own, which will be manipulated in real-time via the audio-visual app Generate (NEW INC members) to create an immersive projection environment. Audience participation is encouraged.
The Future’s Void is available on CD, Cassette and LP lavender vinyl) from The Matador Store.