Tri-University Colloquium: Performances of the future – now

Musicking and Musebots: Can Artificial Intelligence Take Part in the Event of Musicking?

Music, according to Christopher Small, is an event that generates relationships between people. Small calls this event musicking: “[Musicking] is to take part, in any capacity, in a musical performance, whether by performing, by listening, by rehearsing or practicing, by providing material for performance (what is called composing), or by dancing” (Small 9). Today, artificial intelligence is often used to generate and create music. Can a software, for example, Musebots that are developed by the Metacreation Lab at Simon Fraser University, partake in the act of musicking? Does software generate relationships? What does listening mean for computer software and does it differ from human listening? The role of Musebots and artificial intelligence in music creation, problematizes the traditional role of the composer, the musician, and the listener, today, and in the future. In my presentation, I will explore what the creative presence of artificial intelligence in music means for the future of the composer, musician, and listener. Matt will be hosting a Musebots “chill” lounge in room 4945 during the colloquium.

Matthew Ariaratnam is a composer, improviser, and guitarist. His music and research focuses on listening, field recording, electroacoustic music, and musicking. He is currently at Simon Fraser University, in the Master of Fine Arts Program, where he works as a teaching assistant and studies with Arne Eigenfeldt and Jin-me Yoon.


The 2017 Tri-University Colloquium for Theatre and Performance Research completes its first full cycle with the 3rd annual event. The first two cycles, hosted by the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, focused on Creating Legacies and [Co]memoration respectively. This year’s colloquium, hosted by Simon Fraser University, seeks to build on these themes by looking at the ways in which contemporary performance and theatre, as well as other creative practices, are grappling with the idea of the future. See the full Call for Papers here.

This year’s colloquium will take place at SFU Woodward’s in room 4350 on May 5th and 6th, 2017.

Check out the Facebook event here.

The Tri-University Colloquium

The Tri-University Graduate Student Colloquium was formed in 2014 to offer vital professional development opportunities to graduate student scholars at UBC, UVIC and SFU working in the areas of theatre and performance studies.  The initiative is entirely student-led, and its annual colloquium event in April/May rotates between the three universities. Its goals are to create scholarly conversation and build community, to offer skill-building opportunities in conference organization and presentation, and to generate structures that promote useful feedback and growth for graduate students.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s