GLI.TC/H BIRM preview: GLTI.CH Karaoke

GLI.TC/H has started and on Saturday November 19th it’ll be making its way to VIVID in Birmingham, UK! The full programme is available here, and as a PDF. Over the week I’ll be providing a bitesized overview of the upcoming events.

Lecture: GLTI.CH Karaoke

Continuing their events at GLI.TC/H in Chicago and Amsterdam GLTI.CH Karaoke will be presenting their work, followed by a live performance!

Our aim is simple: to bring together people & collaborate on Karaoke duets. This desire, of course, is not innovative in itself; karaoke is one of the world’s favorite pastimes. Where GLTI.CH is different is its scope of our ‘bringing together’. So far, we have hooked up London with Kumamoto City, Japan & Seoul, South Korea. As a project that seeks to set up unnecessarily-elaborate portals of amateur singing, GLTI.CH Karaoke posits that there is discernible value & joy in 1) the collective stumbling & frustrations met in the face of tech limits, language barriers & time zone differences 2) oblique experimentation & 3) embracing & folding in “errors” in future iterations versus seeking to “overcome” or eradicate them. GLTI.CH Karaoke is not a solitary affair. At its simplest each event is the manifestation of sophisticated levels of collaboration & coordination between GLTI.CH & the attendees of each event, as well as the development teams of Livestream, Google+ & divX, & the individuals who selflessly hash together & upload karaoke videos to YouTube. Using the universal grammar of karaoke we posit the glitch as a site of artistic autonomy.

Sound a bit vague? Watch this video from a performance earlier in the year in London and Seoul:


Caught between a glide and a slipÊGLTI.CHÊKaraoke exposes the course of accidents, temporary lyrical disjoints and technical out-of-syncs. It’s not a hack or some fancy programming. It’s taking the frontend of things and trying to make something else. We’re Kyoung Kim and Daniel Rourke: writers, artists, researchers, wannabe hackers, amateur programmers at best. We kludge people together, breaching hopeless distances with cultural and technical make-dos. We cajole technology like 3-year olds with legos. WeÕve made the mishmashed world ofÊGLTI.CHÊKaraoke through play. And we hope youÕll sing with us.


GLI.TC/H 20111 will include works from over 100 participants from more than a dozen countries and will be taking place in virtual-space at and in real-space

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GLI.TC/H BIRM is part of The Garage presents… programme from VIVID and is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Birmingham City University