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CULTUREMART: Botch Joe Diebes

i/o created in collaboration with Phil Soltanoff


Funded in part through Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program. This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support of the Franklin Furnace Fund was provided in 2010-11 by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and Jerome Foundation. A preliminary workshop was sponsored by STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam, and received funding from the Netherland-America Foundation.

About the show

What’s in a mistake? Or rather… what’s in a human mistake? Unlike the dead-end result when a machine malfunctions, with human errors the mistake itself provides new information and possibilities. In Botch, we see transformations, decompositions, and near misses as human limitations butt up against machine precision. An ensemble of performers attempt impossible tasks with several microphones and speakers, pencils, a projector, and a set of stencils. If/Then loops govern the course of Diebes’ unrepeatable event. Real-time translation yields a score of flubs, where words, symbols and meaning devolve into pure sound and lines.

On a shared bill with City Council Meeting.

For more on Botch, visit the artist's Project Page.


Performed by:
Christina Campanella & John Rose

Photo Credit Joe Diebes



Jan 12 & 13 | 7 pm

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