Other Options is an extensible performance and installation environment that models organic phenomena and the steady reclamation of objects by nature. Other Options is optimized for 6 – 12 discrete channels of spatialized audio, including a Doppler effect simulator. The video projections (3+ screens) work in tandem with live performers, simultaneously following a specific score and timings that correspond to the basic structure of the filmed sequences. It represents a chaotic state in which every discrete entity or instance has a trajectory through which it is transposed in time and space — this creates simulated ‘bursts’ of energy in which incongruous combinations of audio and video can potentially be assembled, or not. The aural, visual and performance elements are sequenced through generative procedures that create an on-going display of infinite sets of movement phrases and sonic environments/polyphony. 


Similar to the process of decay and decomposition, ordered patterns in Other Options become obscured and the chaotic becomes ever more pervasive over time. Objects, movements, bodies and sounds blend together to form a new dynamic landscape -- one with insufficient regulation and rampant growth. As the environment evolves, symbiotic relationships between biological and technological systems emerge. 


Both video and audio processing environments are programmed in Max/MSP and use a finite set of pre-recorded material to continually re-compose choreographed dance-for-camera sequences and field/studio recordings. The processing programs embellish and re-mix material, and contain the ability to spontaneously create new material to be added into the repository.



Maryanna Lachman, Samuel Hertz, Mara Poliak, Margit Galanter, Elizabeth McSurdy, Stacey Swan, Abby Crain, Oscar Tidd, Megan Meyer, Michael Lachman, Sarah Pritchard, Tyler Burdenski

Created in 2015