OutlinesClaire L Evans In Conversation
YACHT lead singer and author Claire L. Evans, talks with Angharad 'Rad' Yeo about the American post-pop band's recent A.I. documentary The Computer Accent.
Artificial intelligence meets post-pop in this fascinating conversation
It’s one of the most hotly debated topics of the moment: will artificial intelligence enhance humanity’s creative process or destroy it forever? In the thought-provoking new film The Computer Accent, Grammy-nominated American post-pop band YACHT invites AI into their creative process, using cutting-edge data analysis tools, machine learning, neural networks and generative composition strategies to summon a new kind of human-machine music. But will their DIY sensibilities mesh with this strange new world of technology?
Featuring interviews with AI researchers, pioneers, curators, and artists, this highly entertaining documentary takes us on a musical journey that goes right to the heart of our current moment, posing the big questions around art, technology and authenticity.
Claire L. Evans is a writer and musician exploring ecology, technology, and culture. She is the singer for the Grammy-nominated pop group YACHT, co-founder of VICE’s imprint for speculative fiction, Terraform, co-editor of the accompanying anthology Terraform: Watch Worlds Burn, and author of 2018’s Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet. She has given invited talks at the Walker Art Center, TEDx, Google I/O, The New Museum, Goethe Institut, SXSW, and many more.
Outlines is a playful, provocative showcase of artists that are embracing and disrupting digital platforms and technology to imagine new forms of performance.
This free online season celebrates and champions boundary-pushing contemporary artists, technologists, and visionaries whose work interrogates motion-capture, artificial intelligence, machine-learning, 3D animation, generative art, decentralised performance and experimental film techniques.
Meet the artists
Claire L. Evans is a writer and musician exploring ecology, technology, and culture.
She is the singer of the Grammy-nominated pop group YACHT, co-founder of VICE’s imprint for speculative fiction, Terraform, and co-editor, with Brian Merchant, of the accompanying anthology Terraform: Watch Worlds Burn (MCD Books, 2022). Her 2018 history of women in computing, Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet, published by Penguin Random House, has been translated into six languages.
Her writing has appeared in The Verge, VICE, Rhizome.org, Pioneer Works’ Broadcast, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Document Journal, Eye on Design, Quartz, OneZero, and Aeon, among others. Her 2022 profile of the lost hacker Susy Thunder was nominated for an ASME Award; a feature film adaptation of the story is currently in development at Paramount Pictures.
She has given invited talks at the Hirshhorn Museum, Walker Art Center, TEDx, La Gaité Lyrique, Google I/O, The New Museum, XOXO Festival, MUTEK, Goethe Institut, Manchester International Festival, SXSW, Gray Area, Neural Information Processing Systems, the Association for Computational Linguistics, and the Decentralized Web Summit, among others.
She lives in Los Angeles, where she is an advisor to students in the Media Design Practices program at Art Center College of Design.
SEBASTIAN PARDO and RIEL ROCH-DECTER founded MEMORY at the start of 2014 and together have produced and distributed award-winning fiction and non-fiction films. They have collaborated with many multi-hyphenate filmmakers and artists to bring their debut films to fruition, such as: Celia Rowlson-Hall’s MA, Carson Mell’s ANOTHER EVIL, Dean Fleischer-Camp’s FRAUD, Theo Anthony’s RAT FILM, Marnie Ellen Hertzler’s CRESTONE and Zia Anger’s MY FIRST FILM. In 2016, MEMORY was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and in 2020 MEMORY was awarded the Cinereach Producing Award for their work in “shaping new ways of filmmaking. ”MEMORY’s latest production, Theo Anthony’s ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE won a Special Jury Prize for Non-Fiction Experimentation at SUNDANCE 2021.THE COMPUTER ACCENT, which world-premiered at CPH:DOX 2022, is their debut feature film as a directing team.
WRITTEN, DIRECTED, & PRODUCED BY
Claire L. Evans
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