Die Winterreise: A Digital Reinvention
Performed by professors Marc Callahan, Lee Weisert, and Sabine Gruffat
November 29 and December 1 at 8pm
UNC-Chapel Hill Campus, Swain Hall Studio 6

The Process Series’ tenth season continues on November 29 and December 1 with a look at how digital media can transform the musical journey in Franz Schubert’s Die Winterreise.

In a collaborative experiment, digital media artist Sabine Gruffat and composer Lee Weisert will reinvent the musical selections during a live performance by baritone Marc Callahan. According to Lee Weisert, “This project seeks to extend the vivid, expressionistic imagery of Schubert and Müller’s 19th-century song cycle into an immersive multimedia environment.” Using a combination of biosignal sensors and facial recognition software, projected images will come to life over a harrowing, digitalized reinvention of this 19th century music.

Die Winterreise will be accompanied by the art installation Aura Retrieval Machine created by Professor Bill Brown. The Aura Retrieval Machine is a digital/analog hybrid that attempts to restore to the mechanically reproduced image what Walter Benjamin calls its aura, the mark of its singular existence in time and space. It can be viewed one hour before and after each show. It also can be viewed Friday, November 30, between 5pm and 7pm.

Admission is free, but if you would like to reserve a seat, you can do so for a $5 donation. Visit www.processseries.unc.edu to learn more.

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