This computer kiosk and listening station focuses on "non-authored" projects, primarily musical, in which forces other than "the composer" are invited to influence or direct the score. This kiosk was co-organized by a composer and a contemporary art curator, so these projects are placed within an interdisciplinary exploration of interactivity, performance, and reception.
In a social context vastly changed by new media and digital technologies, notions of connectivity, interactivity, and algorithmic mediation are commonplace aspects of everyday life. These technologies facilitate new directions and philosophies in process-based work and interactivity, across artistic disciplines. After John Cage, after Fluxus text-instructions, after Minimalist dance, we are still surrounded by art practices that invite outside forces in to play. Audience-interactive "relational" art is more popular than ever. Computer software, chance operations, and even plants are becoming musical collaborators. This trend is, perhaps, connected to our greater social acceptance of media (in both senses) as an everyday filtering device as well as a dynamic site for interactivity. Art projects extend "authorship" to the performed actions of audiences or other contextual coincidences.
Mediation Station presents music, video, and interactive composition devices that employ, at least in part, extended modes of authorship. Rather than inviting intervention, it would be more accurate to describe these projects as bringing different filtering systems to bear upon the work, during the performance as well as during the conception. The works included here represent a range of approaches, media, and artistic intentions, organized around the themes of different filters: human nature, structures of nature, formulas for success, and transcribing structure. Some of the selections appear in multiple thematic groups, and some of the selections barely seem to fit in any of them (a bit round peggy in the square holes), but that's just part of the fun: it's a quirky collection of quirky projects.