Over the summer of 2019, Julia Christensen and musician/programmer Tom Hall created data sonification patches using Max/MSP. The prototypes are wildly successful, and led to Julia Christensen’s first live tree prototypes in the exhibition, Upgrade Available, at ArtCenter in Pasadena.

This video documents a conversation between Fulcrum Arts’ AxS Incubator Resident Julia Christensen and programmer Tom Hall, moderated by artist, researcher, and educator Laetitia Sonami. These three artists––united in their investigations into sonic translation––discussed what it means to engage the physical world in electronic music and art, with particular attention to the Tree of Life project.

This program was organized by Fulcrum Arts in partnership with the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center as part of the LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks series. LASER Talks is an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations, founded by Leonardo, a nonprofit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers, which focus on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation.

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