Artist’s Talk at Art Interactive

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Posted by jesse on February 13, 2007 at 12:17 am

I’m giving an artist’s talk this Thursday February 15 for Upgrade! Boston, held at Art Interactive in Cambridge, MA. The presentation starts at 7:00 and should last about an hour and a half.

I will be speaking about recent work of mine (both by myself and with Carrie Dashow and the Society for a Subliminal State) telling stories about history and geology through participatory performances featuring shape note singing, storytelling, and other interactive activities.

We will also sing a few original shape note songs that I’ve written for these projects.

Presenting along with me is Deb Todd Wheeler. Read on for more about her, me, and the event.

Visit the Upgrade! Boston web site for directions and more information.

Upgrade! New York

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Posted by jesse on June 29, 2006 at 10:33 am

Tonight, June 29 @ 7:30 PM, Eyebeam, 540-548 west 21st street
with Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, Micah Silver, Judy Dunaway

This month’s Upgrade! examines participatory performance and interactivity in the context of contemporary sound art and new music. The evening brings together three artists working with sound and music: Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, Micah Silver, and Judy Dunaway. Each of these artists draws their audience into the creation of their work.

Jesse will discuss Azariah: Whom Jehovah Helps, a new project weaving book arts, poetry, shape note singing, and storytelling into a participatory live event. Azariah turns its audience into an impromptu chorus and draws on Jesse’s experience working with shape note singing, audience participation, and New York’s religious history. Website:

Micah will talk about his recent installations The Phoenix, *Asterisk, and Carousels. Each piece draws from the local audience’s aural and physical experience of site as primary source material. Website:

Judy will talk about her work with balloons and how she draws her audience into music-making, and will be presenting her Balloon Symphony #2. Judy Dunaway’s BALLOON SYMPHONIES are audience-participation works. The Balloon Symphonies should not be performed by children under 8 years of age without adult supervision. Website:

Speaking about the Hollow Square at the GSIM Conference

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Posted by jesse on March 30, 2006 at 7:06 pm

This weekend I’m presenting a paper at the GSIM Conference on Musical Spaces at CUNY. I’ll be co-presenting with Dana Borrelli, an anthropologist from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Our paper is titled “Sounding the Hollow Square: Spatial Meaning in Sacred Harp Singing.” We will discuss how the hollow square seating arrangement of a Sacred Harp singing creates meaning for singers. Dana will talk about how the hollow square is a vital social institution that forms singers’ identities within the community. I will discuss how composers and artists working with Sacred Harp music utilize the spatial configuration of a Sacred Harp singing.

The conference is this Saturday, April 1, 2006, 9 AM to 5:00 PM. It’s at the CUNY Graduate Center, Martin Segal Theater, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016-4309.

Upcoming Singing Schools

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Posted by jesse on October 31, 2005 at 1:21 am
  • Tuesday, November 1, from 7-9 PM, CAC, 189 Beaver Street, North Adams, MA
  • Monday, November 7, from 6-8 PM, West Hall at RPI, Troy, NY

These sessions will be a participatory singing workshop introducing shape note music and a set of new songs about Roosevelt Island written by me (Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg) and Carrie Dashow.

The songs are short and long, happy, sad, and confused, but most are probably easy to sing. This is a great chance to learn a little about shape note music and an opportunity to support the work that Carrie and Jesse are doing.

The songs we practice will be sung at Carrie’s thesis show at CAC on November 10, where singers who attend these workshops will be joined by shape note singers from Eastern New York and Western Massachusetts.

So—please come sing our new songs!

Send Carrie or Jesse an e-mail if you’re interested.

Internet Art and Media Mapping

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Posted by jesse on March 16, 2005 at 3:23 am

I gave a talk about my work in relation to data sources, mapping practices, and the Internet at Google Inc.‘s Mountain View, CA campus. The presentation is viewable online.