Sean Norris



http://iklectikoffsite.org/fictive-music-reality-regret/
In the spring of 2021, I led a series of online workshops with some of my fellow students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The culmination was "FICTIVE MUSIC//REALITY REGRET", a virtual gallery exhibition and online residency by students of the Electronic and Produced Music department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with IKLECTIK ArtLab. The residency took place over the course of several remote workshops focused on the themes of world building, unreality, and escapism, especially as discussed in Nick Scavo’s essay Against Worldbuilding and Wallace Stevens’ poem To The One Of Fictive Music, but also spent time on discussions of modern magical thinking, the CIA’s insidious appreciation of jazz, and how artists can critically engage with post-modern systems of power. The gallery exhibition collected some of the refined output from these workshops and presented them as a simulation of space exploration, wherein audience members were invited to spend time in the orbit of various planets in a system of “built worlds."
I built the gallery with p5.js and Tone.js, and designed the speaker satellites in SketchUp.  I also created a piece for the exhibit titled “MUSKBALL vs. BEZOSPHERE,” a dick-measuring contest between an Elon Musk-ball and a Jeff Bezo-sphere :) .