The Banality of Affect (banalityofaffect.net) is an audiovisual generative composition and real-time net-art project which problematises the commodification of emotions via new media and the ecology of (sonic) affect.
In this presentation, Annie Goh will introduce the core ideas of her project "Banality of Affect" which uses net-art's most popular data-sets (Twitter and the stock exchange) to create a real-time emotio-o-meter on the nexus of the affect of live world news (via Reuters, BBC News, Russia Today, CNN and Al Jazeera) and the world's top trance DJs (Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten and Sander Van Doorn). The emotive, euphoric intentions of trance music are called into question: how are normalised ideals of happiness realised in musical cultures such as a trance music and can generative art critique these?
Annie Goh is an artist, researcher and educator working primarily with sound, space, gender and electronic media and their social and cultural contexts. Currently based in London and Berlin, she is a lecturer at Berlin University of Arts and a PhD student at Goldsmiths University, London. She has guest curated at the discourse program of CTM Festival since 2013.
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