Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom: "Talk 1"

Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom:

"And when there was nothing, no feeling, no access, no contact, no one, she turned the channel, chose a new view." Before the internet, cultural critics used to foam at the mouth during discussions of human interaction with television. In 1979, the medium was just over a couple of decades old, and a subsuming, multi-sensory experience was pretty fascinating and even scary before we became totally desensitized to it. This was the context for Daytime Viewing, Jacqueline Humbert's and David Rosenboom's collaborative performance piece which unfurled the narrative of a woman's friendship with her television. As demonstrated by "Talk 1" this is not some lament of the lowbrow, instead an ode to television viewing, during which "dream time [becomes] her horizon." The sentiment is underpinned by the most blissful of synthesizers. Notably, Humbert studied with American composer and contemporary opera writer, Robert Ashley. Rosenboom was a pioneer in using neurofeedback in composition.

Daytime Viewing is out in June on Unseen Worlds, the same label that released last year's remarkable Laurie Spiegel anthology.

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