For the Record: In Another Setting
by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rewire Festival

In collaboration with Rewire Festival, Het Nieuwe Instituut presented For the Record: In Another Setting. The event explored design tactics for collective music experiences during the pandemic and beyond. With Alpha Rats (Japan), Archivo Auxiliar (Mexico), GLOR1A (UK), Volumetric Performance Toolkit (USA) and Jason King (USA).

Live music performances and nightlife offer spaces for personal expression and collective experiences. During lockdown,video platforms ensured the continuation of gathering and communication outside our domestic environments, while live-streamed events and music performances enabled forms of solidarity and collectivity across platforms and time zones. From home-recorded concerts and gatherings on YouTube, Twitch or Instagram, to high-end productions and VR events in Minecraft or Fortnite, to Zoom parties such as Club Quarantine and raves in Second Life: how do these events and platforms make us rethink our relationship to music and space, and ultimately to each other?

For the Record: In Another Setting explored design tactics for collective music experiences during the pandemic and beyond, and the changing roles and conditions for artists, music communities, designers, platforms, festivals and venues in creating proximity and community through distributed listening environments. Recent examples of web-based music performances and alternative tools and platforms for online expression formed the basis for a discussion on the audiovisual, spatial, social and political dimensions of online music practice.


Jason King
Jason King is the founding faculty member at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where he is Associate Professor, Director of Global Studies, and Director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies. A journalist for publications like Pitchfork and NPR Music, as well as a musician, DJ and producer, King is the author of The Michael Jackson Treasures and he has been an expert witness in copyright infringement cases for Katy Perry, Jay Z, Timbaland, Lady Gaga, Madonna and others. He was the host and co-producer of NPR's Noteworthy, the curator of NPR&B, NPR's 24/7 R&B radio channel, and the host of CNN’s original podcast Soundtracks. Follow him on Twitter and IG: @jasonkingsays.
Alpha Rats
Valencia James
Valencia James is a Barbadian freelance performer, maker and researcher interested in the intersection between dance, theatre, technology and activism. Valencia’s work explores how emerging technologies like machine learning and computer vision might enhance creativity in her contemporary dance practice and vice-versa. As part of the ‘For the Record: In Another Setting’ symposium, she presents the Volumetric Performance Toolbox (VPT), a collaboration with digital experience creator, Sorob Louie and spatial interaction lab, Glowbox. VPT envisions live online 3D dance performance as a new way for artists to create and perform from their own living spaces and audiences to communally experience art using minimal equipment, during this time of pandemic. Led by the shared values of liberation for all who have been harmed and/or excluded by the media and various systems of oppression, VPT makes emerging technology accessible for artists to both strengthen and sustain their craft. This project is made possible through the generous support of Eyebeam’s Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future Fellowship program.
Archivo Auxiliar
Archivo Auxiliar is a Mexico City-based collective developing a digital archive documenting the history of electronic music and its social production within a regional context. They are a team of five - Frankie, is a translator and DJ, Ramon works in marketing and is a producer, and Gabo is a musician and DJ and together they produce an influential roving rave in Mexico City, called EXT. Alicja holds a Masters in Architecture, and is an amateur expert on electronic music. Ayesha studied anthropology, holds a Masters in Architecture, and works in applied architectural research. Spanning professions and origins, their diversity contributes to varied perspectives and skillsets. They believe that elevating a regional history is empowering and it is critical to understand changes and opportunities presented in a covid-19 context.
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