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MLE was performed @ MASH  02-April-2016

“The Lyapunov Exponent in a dynamical system is a quantity that characterizes the rate of separation of infinitesimally close trajectories, in this case used for Audio/Visual performance. It is common to refer to the largest Lyapunov exponent as the Maximal Lyapunov Exponent (MLE), because it determines a notion of predictability for a dynamical system. A positive MLE is usually taken as an indication that the system is chaotic ”

Patrick Pagano  is a American sound and light artist who lives and works in the United States. Pagano’s work is concerned primarily with pure musical intervals of just intonation, interactive visuals controlled by Fourier Fast Transformations(FFT) and large scale motion graphics. Initially working as a minimalist after studying with the American Avant-garde Composer, La Monte Thornton Young (born October 14, 1935), Pagano’s work turned to the study of Hindustani Classical music and live audio-visual performance and installation aided by computers. In 2008, Mr. Pagano performed. “Raga Shree” with world-renowned father of World Music, Ravi Shankar (7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012).

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Stills from the interactive dance “The Very Eyes of Night”

“Annuaki Faith”


AV Club 2015: The Very Eyes of Night

Professor Pagano continues his annual presentation for the Digital Convergence Series (DCS) with AV Club 2015, featuring an experimental dance piece—The Very Eyes of Night (2015)—an homage to Maya Deren, the American Avant-garde filmmaker and choreographer, in addition to featuring two local and international experimental artists.

“This year’s production will feature a groundbreaking collaboration between UF School of Theatre and Dance students and the Digital Worlds Institute in a remediation of Maya Deren’s work, ‘The Very Eye of Night,’” said DW faculty and event coordinator, Pat Pagano. The dance piece will be choreographed by Manrique Torrens, a dancer and student in Pagano’s Digital Projection Design course.

Local artists Annunaki and Hale Bopp will be joined by Irish-based sound and visual designer, Maura McDonnell, and UK-based multimedia artist John Weinel.

“Similar to last year’s Digital Convergence Series which streamed live from France, AV Club 2015 will feature live submissions from artists from Ireland and the United Kingdom,” Pagano said.

Live musical performances at AV Club 2015 will be using a combination of modular, hybrid, analogue and digital synthesizers, as well as software written at Digital Worlds by Patrick Pagano and alumni of the MA in DAS program.

CNTRL-SPACE is an interactive digital projection environment exhibit that explores the Illusion of Control in a technocratic society. It enables the visitor to affect the images that are projected onto a variable number of projection surfaces and screens dependent upon the space available. It allows for “magic phrases” to be input into the system via gallery visitor’s smartphones that search the internet and are used to produce an instant full screen collage of images. Using web APIs that are freely available online for a variety of image sourcing sites the experience is immediate connective and is an illusion of control. In addition, the installation visitors may move projected 3D surfaces that the aforementioned images are visually mapped onto via touch sensitive devices placed in the gallery space.  This makes for an indulgent, participatory art making experience for the visitor.

CNTRL-SPACE also addresses the idea of surveillance based upon current technologies provided by super company Microsoft using their messianic gesture device, the Kinect. The visitors to the space are watched as they watch, marked as they are marked, and recorded as they record the experience. This data is secretly applied then input into the CNTRL-SPACE system to adjust the placement of a final snapshot, i.e. how the environment will appear upon the exit of the visitor from the CNTRL-SPACE. This is the image that will greet the next visitor upon entrance into the CNTRL-SPACE.

Video from the documentary is available on vimeo: