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Serendipitous Liquidators

Saturday, June 10th-- 10 am Pacific Time (Livestream Performance)

Serendipitous Liquidators

Aaron Juarez - Visuals

Kosmas Giannoutakis - Audio

While computer algorithms play an increasingly central role in our financial, political, and social affairs, live coding defies technological determinism by transmuting teleological operativity into a form of free play. Editing code while it is being run can be seen as a mechanism that drives evolution in our biological, ethical, cultural, legal and informational systems towards alternative futures. As artistic expression, live coding can have various manifestations (sonic, visual, poetic and performative) that aestheticize the fundamental methods of subversion and transcendence.

Our approach to live coding brings a social dimension to the forefront. While traditional practices emphasize the virtuosity of the live coder, often beginning from scratch, we utilize creative code written by other coders and apply remix techniques to synthesize complex entanglements. The sourced code is primarily in the format of SuperCollider tweets for the audio and Hydra sketches for the visuals. All authors are cited on screen during the performances along with links to personal webpages and social media profiles. The computerized visuality and musicality of the authors are coupled and liquidated through serendipitous encounters with digital glitches and nonlinear exteriorizations. Noise is inevitably perceived as the code snippets carry aesthetic manifestations of the authors' cultural histories, which result in unorthodox and viscous improvisational flows.

About Serendipitous Liquidators:

Serendipitous Liquidators are an experimental art duo, Aaron Juarez and Kosmas Giannoutakis, who both share a passion for exploring the intersection of theory and aesthetics through their shared practice. They seek to engage in the digital medium fluidly through films, live coding, games, and installations. Their performances highlight remix, improvisation, and serendipity in unexpected audio-visual manifestations. Aaron Juarez is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher playing with digital structures. He employs disjunctive strategies between art and science to engage serendipity through experimental interactions of digital media, including photography, film, 3d models, analog printing and performance through live coding visuals. Kosmas Giannoutakis is a computer musician and researcher focusing on the theoretical and technical affordances of Distributed Ledger Technology in conjunction with alternative modes of collaborative musicking. His musical activities include studies in piano and percussion performance, composition, and computer music in Greece, Germany, and Austria, and presentations and awards of his works at various international festivals and conferences. Both are Ph.D. candidates in Electronic Arts at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York.


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