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The Impossible Convention – Hybrid music-art practices in Gotham and beyond

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 4:30pm

Allen Memorial Art Building, Classroom 1 87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Over the past 15 years, Nick Hallett '97 has built a creative practice which connects music to visual forms, with the human voice at its core.  His projects in the art world span opera, visual music, historic re-performance, and media ritual.  He often works in collaboration, as a musical catalyst to visual artists such as Shana Moulton—with whom he created the interactive video opera Whispering Pines 10—and Joshua White—for whose legendary light show he serves as music director and producer.  Through pursuing trans-disciplinary forms alongside purely musical endeavors, Hallett has carved out a unique career that takes risks by connecting disparate contexts, audiences, and discursive strategies.  He will talk about how the artist's practice is the expression of her total voice—a networking of skills, passions, career strategies, lifestyle, politics, history, personality, and chance.

Nick Hallett is a composer, musician, and cultural producer.  His opera collaboration with artist Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines 10, has been presented at The Kitchen, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA Festival, The Warhol Museum, Carolina Performing Arts at UNC Chapel Hill, and is currently being adapted for the Internet.  

Since 2007, Hallett has served as the music director of the Joshua Light Show, a team of projection and light artists with roots in the psychedelic movement of the 1960s, which appears internationally—most recently at London's Barbican Hall.  The Joshua Light Show's fulldome presentations at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium and Mutek Mexico have featuredHallett's original electronic soundscores. 

He held the first Re:New Re:Play artist residency at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in May 2009, creating a four-part series focusing on the voice as artistic medium, and his work was featured in the 2007 and 2009 PERFORMA biennials.  As a vocalist, Hallett has sung in operas by Anthony Braxton and Susie Ibarra, among others. With Zach Layton, he co-directs New York's celebrated Darmstadt series, which supports the re-performance of adventurous works of experimental music and art from the 20th century canon.


Lecture provided with the support of the Oberlin Alumni Association and the Ellen Johnson Fund.

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Arts, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops


Academic, Art


Free to the public

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