Mathew Kaney Conduit: This is the United States Calling

For Plug Project’s Conduit programming, we invited four local musicians to compose a piece that was inspired by Kaney’s video games.  This was a collaboration with Patrick Chan, Cody Kauhl, Scott Steele, and Russel Thorpe.

Audience member playing the game while the performance is going on

Examples of sounds played during the one hour event included drone strike noises, coin dropping sounds, and button noises.  The musicians employed both acoustic and electronic sounds as well as composed and improvised music.

Conduit programming manifests itself differently on a per-show basis, but the goal in each case is to bring community members with interests related to the exhibition in conversation with the artists exhibiting and/or expanding discussion of the exhibition themes beyond the work on display. Examples might include studio visits, alternative approaches to lectures, site-specific talks, and other casual gatherings of smaller, more intimate groups.

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