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User Agreement POSTPONED

Event Date(s): 
August 21, 2017 - 5:30 PM
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art


The College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte is proud to announce the world premiere of User Agreement on Monday, August 21, at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. User Agreement, by California-based composer Ian Dicke, is scored for soprano, chamber ensemble, and dynamically spatialized audio delivered through a system of Bluetooth beacons, streaming prerecorded music, and custom smart phone apps. The project was conceived and developed by faculty and students in the Digital Arts Center, an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Arts + Architecture.

User Agreement explores how the propagation of search engines and social media has drastically altered our collective perception of anonymity and privacy in the digital age. Divided into five short continuous movements, User Agreement sets fragments of Twitter’s 2017 Terms of Service. The text is at once mundane and ominous, with ambiguous descriptions of how personal data is shared with third parties contrasted with playful, yet unnerving warnings about the limitless scope of a post’s digital reach and the inferred values that are extracted.

To compliment this programmatic narrative, audience members are invited to download a free mobile application that augments the live performance with additional musical content. To encourage audience members to physically explore the concert space, the musicians will be positioned in a widely spread arrangement throughout the Bechtler Museum. As listeners move around, their physical position is tracked by a series of mounted beacons, which in turn deliver a unique combination of audio streams through the mobile application. 

User Agreement will be performed by an ensemble of professional musicians that includes UNC Charlotte music faculty Mira Frisch, cello, and Jessica Lindsey, clarinet. The performances at the Bechtler Museum on August 21 are for the UNC Charlotte community and will take place at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. There is no admission fee.