Ted Byrnes and Joseph Mosconi: Dispersion Taxonomy

JOAN presents a sound performance by Ted Byrnes and Joseph Mosconi on Saturday, May 16 starting promptly at 8 pm.

Taxonomies work fine for logical expressions and commercial purposes. They are powerful organizational tools—but they are also powerful centralization tools. Subtractive methods of understanding reality produce new knowledge and strategies for the control of reality. But might there be a way to create taxonomies that promote or generate aural poetry of dispersion, antagonism, and inefficiency?

Ted Byrnes is a improvisor/percussionist living in Los Angeles. An alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Byrnes studied jazz and has since established himself in the worlds of free improvisation, electro-acoustic music, and noise. Byrnes plays in a diverse circumstances and with various collaborators including Ulrich Krieger, John Wiese, Jeff Parker, Alfred Harth, Jaap Blonk, Torsten Mueller, Mazen Kerbaj, Charlemagne Palestine, Chris Cooper, and others.

Joseph Mosconi is a writer and taxonomist based in Los Angeles. He is codirector the Poetic Research Bureau and coeditor of the art and literature magazine Area Sneaks. Mosconi is the author of Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013), Demon Miso/Fashion In Child (Make Now Press, 2014), and other books.

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