A live performance on newly invented instruments staged in an abandoned public aquatic center, Tarek Atoui’s WITHIN I, 2016, highlighted the September convergence of the 2016 Bergen Assembly. This work was emblematic of the collective spirit of this year’s program, being part of an ongoing collaborative sequence involving instrument makers, speaker designers, software engineers, and musicians. The performance was produced as a collaboration between 2016 co–artistic director Atoui, composer Pauline Oliveros, and several local musicians and performers, and was the result of years of research in instrument making, audiology, and acoustics. The instruments were built in cooperation with a local high school for the deaf; designed to optimize tactile feedback for the player, they are also highly visually demonstrative. Around the pool complex, the associated exhibition “Infinite Ear,”
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