Seven Catastrophes in Four Movements: Poetry & Sound Improvisation

Sun, 11 May 2014 // 03:30 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

The conceptual framework—and the poetic and musical imagery—of this poetry and sound improvisation are based on the models and implications of Catastrophe Theory, a mathematical description of the seven patterns by which complex systems reach “tipping points” and transform suddenly into antithetically different states. The theory has been used to describe phenomena as diverse as optics and oscillations, the stability of ships and bridges, territoriality in animals, crowd behavior and prison outbreaks, currency inflation and economic crashes, the collapse of regimes and empires, psychological stress, and auditory illusions, as well as “peak experiences” and spiritual illuminations. The artist Salvador Dali called it “The most beautiful aesthetic theory in the world.” American poet Paul Kane and Irish sound artist Katie O’Looney perform this multi-part piece, and other pieces, based on their recent CD, Seven Catastrophes in Four Movements, from Farpoint Recordings in Dublin.

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