Cory Arcangel's “Hail Mary” Performance
Church of the Covenant
For FRONT 2022, artist Cory Arcangel has developed an algorithmic composition for the carillon that generates a new piece of music daily. An automated Twitter bot will share each day’s unique visual score.
McGaffin carillonists, George, Leggiero, and Keiran Cantilina, and a cast of local players will respond to specific numerical counts, emojis, and other unexpected graphic forms by interpreting and performing the piece once, in real time.
The resonance of Arcangel’s artwork is amplified by a network of carillon bells across Ohio and the world that will also be used for these improvised performances. This amalgam of old and new—a closely-linked chain of artistic creation, digital automation, social media, and live human performance across multiple locations and time zones—allows for a loose synchronicity to emerge.