We explore the work of Glenn Gould, the influence of Marshall McLuhan on Gould’s philosophy of performance, and the relevance of McLuhanesque/Gouldian aesthetics to the current state of music composition and distribution. We refocus our investigation to consider the question: in an era of constant recording and remix, how does the experience of spontaneity fare in our daily performances of self? Bring your old/new recording technologies and prepare to record and be recorded!
Probing the hidden structures of new media environments, the New Explorations Group seeks not only to conceive but also to perceive the ways in which our psyches and cultures are being transformed by our intimate relationships with (de-)evolving technologies.
This series is curated by Adam Pugen (UofT iSchool). Open to all interested parties.
McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]