CNR 2016: Lectures: Suguru Goto (JPN): My robot works for music and performance
In his works the new technologies mix up in interactive installations and experimental performances; he is the one who invented the so called virtual music instruments, able to create an interface for the communication between human movements and the computer, where sound and video image are controlled by virtual music instruments in real-time through computers.
He has been internationally active and has received numerous prizes and fellowships, such as Koussevitzky Prize, BSO fellowships, the first prize at the Marzena, Berliner Kompositionaufträge, a prize by the IMC International Rostrum of Composers in UNESCO, Paris, DIRECAM, French Cultural Minister, Music Theater Award 2008 in Berlin, "OFQJ-dance and new technology prize"; at Bains Numérique #4, International Festival of digital art of Enghein-Les- Bains, in France, in 2009, Electronic Sonority Honor Award Prize, FILE PRIX LUX, in Brazil, in 2010, the winner of the Action Sharing 2, in Italy, in 2011, the 2nd prize in the 2013 KAO International Kinetic Art Competition, Prix Ars Electronica 2013 Digital Musics; Sound Art | Honorary Mention and so on.
His works have been performed in major festivals, such as Resonaces/IRCAM, Sonar, ICC, Haus der Kultures der Welt, ISEA, NIME, AV Festival, STRP Festival 2009, Venice Biennale, etc.
In 2016, his book "Emprise" is published from StyleNote publishing, in Tokyo. At the same year, his CD "CsO" is published from Athor Harmonics, in Tokyo.
Teaser for the talk: My robot
works for music and performance
A public: « Why are you making a robot for music? »
Me: « I want to go beyond the limit that an human player can do. »
A public: « Yeah, sure. The robot can eternally play any music without any complains and without any fees, hum? (sniff) »
Me: « Having gone beyond the limit of human, I would like to be able to listen to music that I have never listened. »
A public: « Well, you know. A robot does not have any emotion and any feeling. »
Me: « The emotion and the feeling belong to music itself. A robot may possess intelligence to perform music with expression. Human thinks that they are too important to accept these, thus they do not share the emotion of music, when it is performed by non-human ».
A public: « You seem to have watched too many Scientific Fiction movies. »
Me: « HAL is not the story in future. It has been already realized. »
A public: « I'd prefer to go to a concert of warm and tasty music by human. »
Me: « What is the warm and tasty music? As I think more about music, I do not know even what is really the definition of music. »
A public: « Well, I do not know neither. But don't you want to listen to good music? »
Me: « Certainly. But it is not a matter who plays and composes it. »
A public: « So that a robot is no longer a servant for human? Thats sounds great. (sniff) »
Me: « In fact, as I work more robots, I appreciate more the complexities of human. However, I have never thought that a robot is a replacement of human. Human is too much used to the customs and traditions. I rather expect that a robot can do something different from human. That is to say a new art form."
[image source: Suguru Goto]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Suguru Goto is a media artist, an inventor and a performer and he is considered one of the most innovative and the mouthpiece of a new generation of Japanese artists.
He is highly connected to technical experimentation in the artistic field and to the extension of the existing potentialities in the relation man-machine.
My robot works for music and
Suguru Goto will present his lecture "My robot works for music and performance" at 1 - 1:30 pm on the 25 October 2016 at IIM (Institute of Intermedia), FEL CVUT (Czech Technical University) in Prague.
IIM (Institute of
Hall H25 at FEL CVUT
CZ-160 00 Prague.