How To Focus On A 3D Object Without Enabling Violence

Acousmatic (2017)

How To Focus On A 3D Object Without Enabling Violence (2017) is a fixed media piece that was premiered serially at a number of basement shows in late 2017, and in its entirety at H0L0 (Ridgewood, NY) in February 2018. The piece is a musical drama about the anthropocene, using found text from OpenGL forums as a device to express ideas about the fascism of intellectual property.

In this envisioning of what a chaotic Web 3.0 might sound like, blockchain technologies are used to hash nonexistent assets out of an already virtualized world of mass production and surplus enjoyment. Values are thus paired with their corresponding keys: the biodiverse "natural" history of the pre-climate crisis and the violent notion of "naturalization" in the nation state, the gentrification of GPU space by way of crypto-mining and the gentrification of physical space by way of GPU-rendered architectural renderings.

How To Focus On A 3D Object Without Enabling Violence

Installation Version

This future forecast is taken one step further with a sound installation in which various 3D fabricated objects resonate with the minted sound objects of the piece. These sounds then communicate with each other in a decentralized network. Fake smart contracts process and filter the sounds and estimate a projected value of the object in human labor.

The installation is currently in the progress of being constructed.

Track List

  1. If You Wear The Clothes of The Oppressor
  2. The Fascism of Leisure
  3. How To Focus On A 3D Object Without Enabling Violence

How To Focus On A 3D Object Without Enabling Violence was mixed by Julian Vanasse. Album artwork was done by me. The piece is very much an homage and afterthought to Hito Steyerl's How Not To Be Seen

How To Listen

Mac OSX / Linux

Download here, or open up the command line or terminal application and enter the following

curl https://well.cutelab.nyc/music/how-to-focus.tar.gz | tar -xz

After the download is finished, the piece should be available in your home directory.