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Obscura Talks NY: “Music, Machines and Meaning”

A lecture on the subtleties and creative possibilities of humans, robotics, and sound.

As a culture, we are exploring questions about meaning and emotion mediated by technology. But many of the questions date back to the origins of the pipe organ and automaton. At what point does that numinous ghost of feeling, beneath the level of words, enter the machine?

Join Obscura Society members for a lecture by Andy Cavatorta, a sculptor working with sound and robotics, who notably designed and built the gravity harps used by Bjork on the Biophilia album and world tour. In this talk, hear about Andy's recent work integrating emerging technologies with traditional crafts, highlights from the last 400 years of expressive machines, and investigations into the nature of technology, ephemerality, and the false oppositions we humans create for ourselves.

Part of the OBSCURA TALKS lecture series.



at Unnameable Books

600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Monday, November 16th at 8pm

$10 (or get a 6-series pass for $45)


Email rebecca.posner@atlasobscura.com


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