IDEAS Performance: Song Cycle for Security Camera

Song Cycle for Security Camera, by Joe Cantrell


Date: 2017-05-25
Time: 5-7PM
Location: Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Guest Speaker: Joe Cantrell, UC San Diego
Ph.D. Candidate, Integrative Studies, Department of Music

*Registration is Required.
Host: IDEAS Director Shahrokh Yadegari


This performance of the new work Song Cycle for Security Camera by UC San Diego Ph.D. candidate and sound artist Joe Cantrell is the final work in the 2016-2017 performance season of the Initiative for Digital Exploration of Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) in the Qualcomm Institute.

Song Cycle for Security Camera will transform live feeds from unsecured cameras into moving blocks of text displayed on the high-resolution Vroom video wall in the Calit2 Theater on the first floor of UC San Diego’s Atkinson Hall. The stream of characters will be mined for words that form the lyrics to several ‘songs’ to be performed by the system that reflect issues surrounding technological optimism, obsolescence and privacy.  

In addition to the immersive text, the ‘songs’ will receive accompaniment from samples of sounds generated by the Vroom system’s operation. The sounds will be layered and controlled by variations of the live video feed. The song lyrics will be ‘sung’ by a computer-generated voice intended to create the impression of being serenaded by the technological system itself.

Song Cycle for Security Camera is presented by the artist as a meditation on what is gained and lost as technological changes affect a highly connected society. 


Joe Cantrell is an artist specializing in sound art, installations and performances that reflect the incessant acceleration of technological production, its ownership, and the waste it produces. 


Admission is free and the performance is open to the public. Please RSVP to Johnny Nguyen at

*Registration is Required