intermedia performance-lecture - 60 min.


From Reynold's program notes: "PASSAGE 9: 'Alliances, John Cage, John Ashbery, Barnett Newman and the Sublime, Toru Takemitsu, the Source of Aesthetic Impact, Intermedia, and Obligation.' Each PASSAGE event is unique, a new combination of text and events depending upon the nature of the venue. Several years ago, I began a series of presentations that offer a hopefully engaging way of sharing observations, images, sounds, and the unpredictable resonances across them. PASSAGE is not a lecture "about something", from which an audience member carries away a particular (anticipatable) message. It is rather that each individual will make his or her own connections between the elements offered. The intent is associative and inferential, not illustrative or explanatory. My texts, read live and also pre-recorded, are spatialized in real time by an elaborate computer algorithm carefully tuned to allow a textual choreography where lines of thought intersect and challenge one another in novel ways. The first PASSAGE occurred in the newly opened Experimental Theater at the Conrad Prebys Music Center, 1 December 2009. Subsequent PASSAGE events have occurred in Los Angeles, Buffalo, Cambridge, Ann Arbor, Washington, D.C., at Columbia University, and UCSD. PASSAGE events are not repeated. I am indebted to Paul Hembree and Jaime Oliver for their supportive interaction with me in this ongoing project."

Passage 9 was created at the behest of UC San Diego's Making of the Modern World program for their "The Good Life" series of talks. Reynolds (speaker), Hembree (audio-visual media), Steven Schick (percussion) and Rachel Beetz (flute) performed the work on March 13, 2013.


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