Bylta: Corning Museum of Glass - 2300° Performance - December 2015
Bylta is a performance fueled by the purpose to reveal and celebrate the unstable endpoints of creativity that fuels both musical and visual art. Glass artist Alli Hoag and performance and sound artist Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir collaborated with students and alumni from Bowling Green State University to answer the questions of “How can a musical performance create a physical residue?” “In what ways can we make glass and music collide?”
To facilitate this exercise in synesthesia, Bylta utilizes the semiconductive properties of glass to “play” and create a real time composition through the use of the electronic interactive platform of the Makey Makey. Accompanied by real time sounds collected from the natural forming and cracking of the glass during the performance, both physical and musical compositions express the energy released when these creative processes converge.
Bylta physically interconnected these creative practices also through teaming up with the Calmus project. In the new iPad application program CalmusGlass, real time musical notation is created from video input, in this case of the brightness and movement of molten glass.
Bylta also created and utilizes custom-made instruments, most notably the "Benchtrument".
The premiere of Bylta took place at Corning Museum of Glass, NY on December 17th 2015 in the 2300° series.
Participants in Bylta at CMOG: Alli Hoag, Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir, Adam L. Sanzenbacher, Kristine Rumman, Joel O'Dorisio, Davis Hartman, Lauren Rusch, Emily Cale, Jackie Polofka, Jason Bauck, Brianna Barron.
Photos © Mark Yappueying and CMoG
Sending: Chrysler Museum of Art - Third Thursday Performance, UrbanGlass, GAS Conference, May-June 2017
Bylta presents a performance entitled Sending, a verb meaning to emit or transport in English, and in Icelandic, a noun, meaning transmission. With the help of Toledo area artists and Bowling Green State University students, Sending interconnects musical and glass creative practices through harnessing the semiconductive properties of glass to “play” and create a composition, using the Makey Makey device as a bridge. In this performance, Bylta intends to expose the energy that flows between earth, each other, and physical material, and reveal creativity as a greater sense of connection.
The premiere of Sending took place at Chrysler Museum's Perry Glass Studio, VA on May 18th 2017 in the Third Thursday series. Further shows at UrbanGlass, NYC May 20th and the Glass Art Society´s GAS Conference in Norfolk, VA on the Corning Museum of Art´s mobile stage on June 2nd.
Performers in Sending: Alli Hoag, Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir, Davis Hartman, Lauren Rusch, Emily Cale, Jackie Polofka, Ben Fasciano, Keegan O’Brien, Tess Healy, Adam Lewton, Jess Broderson.
Photos © Echard Wheeler