LEARNING FROM THE DAWN CHORUS: An evening with Dan Stowell, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and David Rothenberg
The third event from the series: ESCAPING EXTINCTION | ÜBER:LEBEN
Free virtual event on Monday 31 May 2021, 19:00 CEST
What can sound reveal about the precarious state of our ecosystems? How can we learn by listening to nature's songs? How are scientists and artists using art and new technologies to deepen our understanding of animal communication? Join us for this event, part of the BIOTOPIA series ESCAPING EXTINCTION, featuring musician and author David Rothenberg, artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and expert on animal sounds and artificial intelligence Dan Stowell. The discussion will be followed by an impromptu Dawn Chorus performance by David Rothenberg.
This panel discussion takes place on the last day of the recording period of the citizen science and arts project “Dawn Chorus” and will feature first impressions of its results. BIOTOPIA Founding Director Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman will host the evening.
The event will be in English with simultaneous translation into German.
This discussion takes place on the last day of the recording period of the Dawn Chorus Project initiated by BIOTOPIA and Stiftung Kunst und Natur. Dawn Chorus, a world-wide citizen science project now in its second year, is calling on people around the globe to record and share the morning birdsong during May 2021. Participants upload the recordings on the project page, share their experience with people around the world and thus become citizen scientists. Dawn Chorus 2021 hopes to inspire people to actively engage with nature and develop a personal awareness of the biodiversity in their immediate surroundings. A new free app with newly developed artistic feature not only facilitates the recording and uploading process, but significantly improves the quality of uploads for scientific evaluation by standardizing data collection. https://dawn-chorus.org/
Prof. David Rothenberg is a musician, composer, author and philosopher-naturalist. He has written and performed on the relationship of between humanity and nature for years. Rothenberg is the author of "Why Birds Sing", on making music with birds, and "Thousand Mile Song", on making music with whales. His book, recording, and film "Nightingales in Berlin", was published in April 2019. In 2020 it came out in German as "Stadt der Nachtigallen". Rothenberg is also a composer and jazz clarinetist with 16 CDs out under his name and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist examining our fraught relationships with nature and technology. Through artworks, writing, and curatorial projects, Daisy’s work explores subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence, exobiology, synthetic biology, conservation, and evolution, as she investigates the human impulse to “better” the world. Daisy exhibits internationally, including at MoMA New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, the National Museum of China, the Centre Pompidou, and the Royal Academy, and her work is in museum and private collections. Her multi-channel sound installation “Machine Auguries” reflects on how birds develop their song from each other using machine learning to artificially generate bird calls, and ultimately questions how nature might sound with changing, homogenising, or diminishing bird populations.
Dr. Dan Stowell is an Associate Professor of AI & Biodiversity at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. His research is about machine listening and computational bioacoustics, which means using computation, especially machine learning, to understand animal sounds and other sound signals. Stowell develops automatic processes to analyse large amounts of sound recordings. He tries to detect the bird sounds in there and how they vary, how they relate to each other, and how the birds' behaviour relates to the sounds they make. He also works with others to apply these methods to biodiversity monitoring.
BIOTOPIA is excited to bring together these three experts' perspectives to discuss what listening to nature can tell us about life, extinction, and more.
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