SIFA 2022

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Holly Herndon: PROTO

(United States)

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  • 20 – 21 May, Fri – Sat, 8pm
  • Victoria Theatre
  • $38*, $48

    * Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
    No admission for infants-in-arms. 

  • 1h, no intermission

  • General



    Post-Show Talk

    Following each performance, join us for a conversation with the artist and creative team, moderated by Michelle Tan (20 May, Fri) and Chong Gua Khee (21 May, Sat). Approximately 25-30min

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Holly Herndon: PROTO

(United States)

One of the most intelligent, disruptive musical voices of our age, experimental musician Holly Herndon dazzles in her first concert in Asia at SIFA 2022. Billed as "shaping the future of A.I." by CNN, Holly Herndon navigates the nexus of technological evolution and musical catharsis through elevated live performances with her vocal ensemble.  
Operating at the edge of electronic and avant-garde pop music, her work involves augmentation of her voice and image, facilitated by critical research in Artificial Intelligence and decentralised infrastructure.  
On her most recent full-length album, PROTO (released in 2019 via 4AD), Herndon fronts and conducts an electronic pop choir, comprised of both human and A.I. voices, over a musical palette that encompasses everything from synths to Sacred Harp stylings.  
PROTO is a thrilling engagement with one of today’s greatest cultural shifts – the "protocol era" – where rapidly surfacing ideological battles over the future of A.I. protocols, centralised and decentralised internet protocols, and personal and political protocols are emerging.  
The sounds synthesised on stage by Herndon, her A.I. "baby" Spawn, and the ensemble combine elements from Herndon’s dynamic and idiosyncratic personal journey: the timeless folk traditions of her childhood experiences in church-going East Tennessee (particularly the prismatic layered practice of Sacred Harp singing); the avant-garde music she explored while at Mills College; and the radical club culture of Berlin; all enhanced by her recent PhD composition studies researching machine learning and music.
Euphoric, dynamic and eye-opening, Holly Herndon: PROTO promises to be an exhilarating concert from a musician at the forefront of today’s technological revolutions.


Life Profusion: +Read: Imagining the future. 

Writer, editor and producer Hong Xinyi explores works in the festival that imagines a future entwined with a fascination of the fate of human corporealities within ailing landscapes. As virtual realities and faraway places take centrestage in the human story, what do we do with the vivid vulnerabilities of flesh and home?



Check out Holly Herndon's Eternal music video

Listen to Holly Herndon's PROTO playlist

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US Embassy

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