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Alon Ilsar &
Yucef Merhi

Date: November 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Red Door, 140 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011


Yucef Merhi is a Venezuelan-born digital art pioneer, hacker and poet. He hacked into late President Hugo Chavez's email account for six years before turning it into a large-scale artwork, as well as obtaining (and using) the credit card of Damien Hirst. For the salon, he premiered "Reactive Poetry" where he partnered with a machine to create a new form of performative poetry. Merhi then used a hacked Atari console to translate the verse back into 8-bit sounds and visuals.


Alon Ilsar is an Australian instrument designer, experimental percussionist, and composer. He merges electronic percussion with percussive gestures for innovative live performances. For the salon, he revealed his invention "the AirSticks", a renouned interface for electronic percussionists to trigger sound simply through gestures in air.


* LIVE PERFORMANCE: The salon was followed by a special one-off electronic performance compromised of musicians from across the world: Alon Ilsar on "AirSticks", Kyle Sanna on guitar, Christian Coleman on drums and Peter Hollo on cello with visuals by Yucef Merhi.


More about the artists:


More about the artists:


Yucef Merhi


Alon Ilsar















Alon Ilsar explains his work "AirSticks" on ABC.






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