Subliminal Envy

Subliminal envy  is the type of jealousy where a person does not accurately recognize what one possesses  or is reluctant to acknowledge its existence. This form of envy is a subtle feeling that rises and subsides from time to time and lurks in our subconscious. This work explores the root of this jealousy in our subliminal state by raising this question: how can we employ embodied sound movement and visual interaction to explore common human impulses associated with envy and jealousy? In this context, this interactive music performance invites audiences’ participation by asking audiences to interact with an audio-visual camera installation.  As audience members move left and right, or dance in front of the camera, their partial facial images will be shared on the screen. The movement will not only trigger the new sound effects, but it will further shift the pitch as an interactive response. As audience members trigger new sounds and modulate the pitch in real time, the performer will play the violin highlighting the synergy that occurs between audiences’ movement and pitch variations as a semi-improvised performance. Overall, this work culminates in a “fluid” visual and motion score inspiring a new approach to making music.

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Concept, Music, Video and Music Performance: Ceciliia Suhr

Programming: Mu Yunze

  • Performed in Bronx Arts Space, Bronx, NY

  • New York City Electro-Acoustic Festival (TBA)

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 Close-up video of the screen and sounds