The People's Republic is proud to host a tribute to one of Australia's most unique experimental artists, curated by two distinguished friends and collaborators...
A TRIBUTE TO
SUNDAY 9th DECEMBER
Commencing at 7.30 p.m. [doors at 7 p.m.]
Join us for a special screening
of Chris Mann's virtuosic 75 minute performance speaking is difficult in a new film by Beth O'Brien shot 18th November 2017 for Music for Contemplation at The Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, New York
The screening will be followed by an open invitation to discuss 'speaking is difficult'
and the extraordinary life and work of Chris Mann
“Language is the mechanism whereby you understand what I am thinking better than I do (where I is defined by those changes for which I is required)” http://theuse.info/
THE EVENING IS CURATED AND HOSTED BY AMANDA STEWART AND JIM DENLEY
Chris Mann (1949 – 2018)
Chris Mann was an Australian composer, poet and performer. In the last 2 decades of his life he was based in New York City. Mann studied Chinese and linguistics at the University of Melbourne, and his interest in language, systems, and philosophy is evident in his work. Mann founded the New Music Centre in 1972 and taught at the State College of Victoria in the mid-1970s. He then left teaching to work on research projects involving cultural ideas of information theory and has been recognised by UNESCO for his work in that field.
Mann moved to New York in the 1990s and was an associate of American composers John Cage and Kenneth Gaburo. He performed text in collaboration with artists such as Thomas Buckner, David Dunn, Annea Lockwood, Larry Polansky, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Mann recorded with the ensembles Machine For Making Sense with Jim Denley, Rik Rue, Amanda Stewart and Stevie Wishart, Chris Mann and the Impediments (with two backup singers and Mann reading a text simultaneously), and Chris Mann and The Use. His piece The Plato Songs, a collaboration with Holland Hopson and R. Luke DuBois, features realtime spectral analysis and parsing of the voice into multiple channels based on phonemes. He also participated in the 60x60 project and taught in the Media Studies Graduate program at The New School.
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