When: Sunday June 4
Performing Systems

Fan Letters
Surveillance Work

Fan Letters will be presenting 2-3 pieces incorporating surveillance cameras, facial recognition, and network analyzers, also known as wire sniffers.

“Sniffing You” (2017) fluxuates the emotional impact of the improvisational performance based on the amount of personal information gleaned from data the artists captured on various public networks.

“First Time Caller, Long Time Listener” (2016) is based on footage taken from surveillance cameras outside one of the artist’s home that captured a random act of violence and uses it as the starting point for exploring the relationship between destruction and community.

“Wait, Are You Still Human?” (2015) plays off of the notion of facial recognition, juxtaposing celebrity images with images of the audience in the room.

 

Fan Letters is an audiovisual collaboration between musician Dylan Neely and multimedia artist Alex Nathanson. Their work combines sound, video, and handmade electronic instruments into playful and thought-provoking interactive multimedia performances. Shows oscillate between noise and chamber music, from experimental cinema to Saturday morning cartoons, and political negotiations to schoolyard games. Their work has been described as “that secret alchemical intersection between music performance, video games, good art, digital animation, multiple screens, and tech,” and as “difficult to describe.”

Based in NY, Fan Letters has played in squats, DIY spaces, Chinatown Buses, museums, and concert halls throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Notable performances of their work have occurred at the Museum of the Moving Image, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Silent Barn, and Flux Factory; their work has been presented by MATA Interval and Queens New Music Festival, and supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Most recently, they were awarded a residency at The Watermill Center, to develop their upcoming opera, titled Autocomplete.