VIVA VOCE - interactive sound and video installation

In collaboration with video artist Heiko Kalmbach, a project part of the mediaproject award /sitemapping of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, first showing January 2013, Gallery Human Resources, Los Angeles, USA. Project-Website:

The pictures show the vocalists Juliana Snapper, Shelley Hirsch, Pamela Z
"I'm wild... there are not many like me"

Interview log Shelley Hirsch
June 10, 2011, Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, Shelley's backyard

Viva Voce celebrates vocal performance art in an interactive and experimental context and through this lens explores voice, body relationships, and the self. In the process, the work investigates the root of oral tradition and its impact on shared information in the virtual versus physical social space. In real-time visitors play and re-compose performance and documentary sequences of three vocal artists—Juliana Snapper (Los Angeles), Shelley Hirsch (New York), and Pamela Z (San Francisco)—by interacting with a 3D sonic sculpture on an iPad. Sung and spoken passages appear synchronized to the visual portrayal of the protagonists on floating screens in the gallery space. By improvising with the iPad interface and triggering text and vocal passages, visitors become not only intimately introduced to the vocalists; they turn into performers themselves.

Katharina Rosenberger, Composition, Artistic Direction • Heiko Kalmbach, Video, Co-Artistic Direction • Michael Schmitz, iPad Design, App Programming • Jason Ponce, Multimedia Programming • Vance Galloway, Set Design, Technical Direction• Joe Kucera, Audio Engineering • Nick Drashner, Audio Mastering