Performing Critical AI II: body, space, action, agency

IKLECTIK presents,

Performing Critical AI II: body, space, action, agency

Tuesday 29 November 2022 | Doors: 8pm | First Act: 8:30pm
Our outdoor Kiosk is open from 4pm.


Prepared piano, handmade percussion, new compositions, and electronic improvisations situate AI with the listener in a unique 3D sound environment. With the explosion in music technologies offering artificial intelligence, artists and musicians are exploring original and meaningful ways to adapt them to creative ends — often in ways that critique their underlying assumptions. In the second of a series of two concerts showcasing leading artist-researchers experimenting with AI and complex systems models — attached to the European Research Council-funded project Music and AI: Building Critical Interdisciplinary Studies — live performances explore themes of agency and performative creativity to find new ways to control spatial sound, compose algorithmic patterns, and respond to bodily gesture. The performances will be followed by open Q & A and discussion with the artists about how and why they are using AI/machine learning.

Xenia Pestova

Photo by Cath Du Puy

Xenia Pestova Bennett (New Zealand / Canada / UK) is a pianist, improviser, composer and educator. Described as “a powerhouse of contemporary keyboard repertoire” (Tempo), “stunning” (Wales Arts Review), “ravishing” (Pizzicato) and “remarkably sensuous” (New Zealand Herald) in the international press, she has earned a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire alongside masterpieces from the past. Xenia’s commitment to promoting music by contemporary composers inspired her to commission dozens of new works and collaborate with major innovators in new music.

Artemi-Maria Gioti

Artemi-Maria Gioti is a composer and artistic researcher working in the fields of artificial intelligence, musical robotics and participatory sound art. Her research explores the transformative potential of technology for musical thinking and seeks to redefine notions of authorship, performership and the construct of the musical work. She holds a doctoral degree in Music Composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden and a Research Fellow in Music and Artificial Intelligence at University College London (UCL), working on the ERC project MusAI, led by Georgina Born.

Benjamin Soistier

Hailing from Brittany, Benjamin Soistier now lives and works in Paris. He studied at the Rennes Conservatoire, the University of Rennes II, and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) with Jean Geoffroy. His projects to date have included performances in venues such as Paris Bercy, Trianon, Zéniths de Saint-Etienne et d’Angoulême, Parc Expo de Rennes, Théâtre du Chatelet, Opéra de Rennes et de Bordeaux, Grand Théâtre de Lorient, Théâtre National du Quartz in Brest, and Le Réservoir in Paris among others. Internationally, Benjamin has played in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Australia, New-Zealand, Singapore, Austria, Spain, Turkey, New-york, London, Madrid, Berlin, Prague, Brussels.

Aaron Einbond

Aaron Einbond’s work explores the intersection of instrumental music, field recording, sound installation, and interactive technology. He released portrait album Without Words with Ensemble Dal Niente and Cities with Yarn/Wire and Matilde Meireles. Recent collaborators include the Riot Ensemble, soundinitiative, Lucilin, loadbang, TAK, Alvise Sinivia, Séverine Ballon, and Samuel Stoll. His awards include a Giga-Hertz Förderpreis, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and residencies at IRCAM and ZKM. He teaches composition at City, University of London and is Co-Artistic Director of Qubit New Music in New York.

Christopher Haworth

Christopher Haworth is an electronic musician who creates live and fixed-media multichannel works that explore psychoacoustic phenomena using synthesised sound. He currently works at the University of Birmingham and is affiliated with the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST).

Sound-Image Research Group, University of Greenwich

Our research centre explores the potential in sound and audio-visual media, bringing together musicians and sound designers, film makers, artists and philosophers to critically reflect upon and develop world leading research in this diverse and interdisciplinary area.