David and Gisela Gamper’s See Hear Now is a real-time music and video collaboration that seeks to merge the sonic and the visible, and to transport the performers and audience to a transcendent experience. In their individual work, the artists are fascinated by sounds and images from nature and life. To create his live improvisations, David begins with the acoustic sounds he draws from his piano, small instruments and found objects. When he expands them through live electronic transformations they retain the power of natural sound. Originally a photographer, Gisela has extended her image making into video. Her imagery reveals how movement and rhythm create our world. With a system David developed, Gisela performs her imagery with the same immediacy as David performs his music. Their installations use projectors, mirrors, fabric and speakers to surround the audience with video and music. See Hear Now premiered in upstate New York in 1999 and over the following year performed around the eastern US, including the Knitting Factory and Roulette. In a series of loft installations, the Gampers have explored alternative ways of immersing both audience and performers.
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