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Catastrophic Forgetting

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Catastrophic Forgetting is a multi-channel audiovisual work conceived as a live performance for 25 audio channels.

It showcased on 21.11.2021 as part of the unveiling of the new multichannel sound system permanently installed in the X-Church cultural centre.

A highlight of this sound project, which makes it unique, is the community space in the 1882 Gothic church (X-Church) where we installed the 25-channel discrete audio system. This is one of the largest multichannel systems in Lincolnshire (UK). There, both local artists and residents of the X-Church can access the system to produce their spatial audio works.

Sol Rezza takes as a starting point the concept of «catastrophic forgetting». The tendency of an artificial neural network to completely and abruptly forget previously learned information when it learns new information.

In this work, Rezza explores What will happen when machines can remember infinitely?
In a world where humans are extinct. What will machines remember about us? How will that data affect the construction of socio-technological futures?

For the spatial audio configuration, Sol Rezza used the SoundSquares plugin designed by Daz Disley.

Original Title:
Catastrophic Forgetting ©

Live Performance

Premiere: 27.11.2021
X-church, Gainsborough, UK.

Year of production: 2021

Language: English

Running time in mm:ss: 17:42

Video Format:
Digitial | Full HD
| .MOV H.264 .MP4

Audio: Binaural
|Multichanel Performance 25.1

Audio Plugin: SoundSquares

Production / Commissioned by: X-Church | Idea / Script / Sound Design / Composition / Performance:  Sol Rezza | Original Text: Sol Rezza| Visuals: Sol Rezza Live Sound Engineering and Technical Advisor: Daz DisleyVoices: Lee | Camera: Fenia Kotsopoulou

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