[opera captions]: Colloquium

What if captions ‘step up,’ ‘speak,’ and ‘tell’ their stories?
Jay Afrisando and thingNY will share their ideas and thoughts behind [opera captions], a collaborative work focusing on captions that bring together accessibility, inner-imagined voices, and creativity.

The music-theater-film-translation-poetry performance [opera captions] reimagines what captions as an “actor” can do beyond functioning as a communication conveyor and sound interpreter in audiovisual media while interacting with and personified by humans: New York composer-performers collective thingNY and viewer-audiences.

This colloquium will invite attendees to think about access as a creative source, advance discussions on access and disability justice, and nurture collaboration between students, faculty, staff, and the general public to make more accessible environments centering on diverse bodies.

FREE and open to the public (first-come, first-served)
Parking permit required at UCSC. (See more about Lot 126.)
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- The DARC’s Dark Lab is a wheelchair-accessible space.
- This event will be professionally captioned. Captioning sponsored by EEP.

Hybrid mode
This colloquium will also be presented in a hybrid mode.
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 950 6235 2377

Presented by Music Department Colloquium Series and co-organized by the Music Department and the Department of Performance, Play and Design
Don’t miss the [opera captions] performance at Indexical at the Tannery on the following day, February 24, 2024!

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Arts Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jay Afrisando, Assistant Professor of Music, is a composer, multimedia artist, researcher, and educator. He works on aural diversity, acoustic ecology, and cultural identity, focusing on disability and environmental justice, accessibility, and decolonizing arts practices through multisensory and antidisciplinary practices. Collaborating with various artists and culture bearers, he has presented works in various scenes and places, including at Curb Appeal Gallery, Sound Scene at Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center’s Virtual Cinema, ARGOS Projector: The Faraway Nearby, and Attenborough Arts Centre, among others. He has been awarded the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin 2024, the MAP Fund 2022, and the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 2021-22, among others. https://www.jayafrisando.com/

thingNY is a collective of composer-performers who fuse electronic and acoustic chamber music with new opera, improvisation, theater, text, song, and installation. Founded in 2006, thingNY performs experimental sound works created collaboratively by the core ensemble—Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers, Jeffrey Young, Gelsey Bell, Dave Ruder, Andrew Livingston, Isabel Castellvi, and alejandro t. acierto—and by adventurous composers such as Jennifer Walshe, Robert Ashley, Raven Chacon, Rick Burkhardt, Pauline Oliveros, Miguel Frasconi, Jay Afrisando, Vinko Globokar, John Cage, Julius Eastman, and Pamela Z. Past works by thingNY include: SubtracTTTTTTTTT, This Takes Place Close By, Time: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts (with Panoply Performance Lab), Dear Nancine, and ADDDDDDDDD. Recently thingNY released the album Passover on Innova Recordings. www.thingNY.com

Friday, February 23 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), 108
453 Kerr Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type

Concerts & Performances

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Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students


Arts & Culture


opera, Arts, free





Arts Division, Music Department, Theater Arts Department


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