Stabat Mater

ARIADNE will perform their a/v album Stabat Mater, which was released in October of 2017 for interactive webGL, cassette, and digital download. Stabat Mater is a 20 movement cycle of audio/visual ecstatic visions, and is heavily inspired by the visions of female Christian mystics Hildegard von Bingen and Teresa of Ávila. The a/v performance version of Stabat Mater will feature the webGL based visuals from the album reacting in real-time to the performance as well as a brand new performance system based on hand build digital instruments designed by ARIADNE.

ARIADNE is interested in making the performance of electronic music as expressive and intuitive to understand as watching a string quartet. The performance system implores the use of electro-acoustic processing, machine learning and motion tracking with depth sensors and Arduino based orientation sensors to achieve a sensitivity and expressiveness similar to that of traditional acoustic instruments.

ARIADNE is an experimental sacred music and new media art duo whose work explores the intersection of mysticism, dream analysis and the failure of digital systems through a synthesis of music performance, digital and interactive art, poetry and dramatic experience. Much of ARIADNE’s output consists of interactive a/v performances which employ custom built hardware and software, real-time 3D animation, and machine learning to create immersive and captivating experiences. ARIADNE’s body of work includes feature-length audio/visual albums, web-based virtual reality, and a/v installations.

ARIADNE’s work has been presented at National Sawdust Summer Labs Residency, Brooklyn; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Ende Tymes Festival, Brooklyn; Lafayette Electronic Arts Festival, Colorado; Garner Arts Autumn Electronic Festival, Garnerville; Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Brooklyn; CURRENTS New Media Festival, Sante Fe; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Elastic Arts, Chicago; Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis; Big Pictures Los Angeles; Harvestworks, New York; Reverse Gallery, New York; Superchief Gallery, Brooklyn; among others. Visiting Artist experience includes School of the Art Institute of Chicago; University of Utah College of Fine Arts; University of Denver Emergent Digital Practices; Prichard Art Gallery – University of Idaho. ARIADNE is Christine Papania (voice, electronics) and Benjamin Forest (electronics).