Jack Callahan & Jeff Witscher: Music Songs + alex cruse: 0th Aubade
new work sharing sensibilities with radio art, A.A. meetings, group therapy sessions, formalist and fluxus generative poetry experiments, and Q&A formats
American musicians Jeff Witscher and Jack Callahan are known for their far-ranging work under various monikers (Rene Hell, die Reihe) and deep individual histories within noise, computer music, and new music circles. Their collaborative work often experiments with transparent composition systems and the limits of our current music technology, sharing sensibilities with radio art, A.A. meetings, group therapy sessions, formalist and fluxus generative poetry experiments, and Q&A formats. They probe into the purpose and meaning of experimental music and showcase tensions inherent to the communication of ideas—exploring what music can be in a world where almost everything is reduced to signals and information. Together, their alliance charts a path for truly avant-garde music in the 21st century. (Nick James Scavo)
alex cruse: 0th Aubade
0th Aubade (2022-ongoing) is poet's theatre for one person, multiple media, and many identities. This (intra)play is, and is about: digitality, labour, poiesis, extinction, love, fear of love, fear of god, loving math, the math of god. 0th Aubade reimagines networked office space as stage: Its language is its characters. It takes place all the time.
alex cruse is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, art worker, and doctoral student in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. With Kevin CK Lo, cruse exhibits and performs internationally as DROUGHT SPA. Work has appeared in Social Text; SFMOMA Open Space; Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; CLOG Journal; and The Los Angeles Times, among other places.