ABOVE:  Performance extract at CONTACT: 17th Biennial Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology Symposium.
(Duration: 3:47 2022).



In 1986 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) released the APP-6(C) standard. Throughout its 558 pages, the document unveils a military notational system featuring acronyms, symbols, and arrangement principles. "Neutral Friend, Unknown Enemy" is a software-art piece that builds generative cartographies based on the APP-6 system. Several confrontational scenarios create a speculative audiovisual composition. All sounds were generated using a modular synthesizer setup and field recordings. The composition's macrostructure appears intermittently in the form of a graphic score.

The project was initially commisioned as a fixed-media piece by the Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras (CMMAS, MEX). A second iteration was later presented as a live performance at "CONTACT," the 17th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology.

In memory of mexican artist Jesús Antonio Martínez Escobar (JAME)2022

2022 - Mexican Center for Sound Arts (Morelia, CMMAS, MEX):
Curators: Jorge Flores, Gabriela Reyes (F3.Studio).
Project supported by the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).
Special thanks to the Systemics Public Program at UCSB, and my colleagues at CSUF.

2022 - “CONTACT” Symposium, Connecticut College (New London, USA):

Shawn Hove - Technical Director, Myers Studio.
Ethan Chen - Lights and Documentation Rehearsal Photos.
Moqu Alqudah - Stage manager.

IMAGE: Printed version of the project (TRYST show, Torrance Art Museum, California, USA).
20.5 x 19.2 in. Ink on archival paper.

IMAGE: Performance score used throughout the composition process.
16.5 x 11x 75 in. Ink on archival paper.

IMAGE: Retraced symbols from NATO’s v.APP-6 standards (digital image, 2022).

IMAGE: Performance rehearsal capture by Ethan Chen (Nov. 11th, 2022).

IMAGE: Performance photograph by Bob MacDonnell (Nov. 12th, 2022)


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