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

TENOR 24 (9th International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation, ZHdK, Zurich, CHE)

_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.


Audiovisual Installation, Kunstraum, TENOR24
Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK (CHE, 2024)

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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