Tonight at EMPAC: Lucky Dragons

Tonight’s performance at EMPAC in Troy is one of audiovisual and experimental flavorings. Lucky Dragons will be performing their interactive piece, Actual Reality, in which they use raw data from an archive of various Internet searches in association with acoustic sounds from both the artists and the audience analyzed and re-synthesized in real-time.


Image courtesy of the artist.

Lucky Dragons also will present an assortment of video and audio source material from past performances and rehearsals. The live looping and layering of sounds and visuals accompanying Little Dragons showcases an “actual reality” with an intertwining display of collected moments and sounds from past and present.

Lucky Dragons is a Los Angeles-based experimental music duo comprised of Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara. Their name is derived from a Japanese fishing boat that was contaminated as a result of the hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the 1950s. Eventually the boat was painted black, renamed and used until it was disposed on a manmade trash island called Dream Island, where it still remains today. Lucky Dragons and their performances are about the creation of the new and the temporary and building a fragile network of interactivity between associated wonder and realities.

You can legally download some of their records here for free.

Tickets are available at the box office for $18 (discounted tickets available) prior to the performance, which begins tonight at 8pm. For more information visit EMPAC’s website.

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