Four years after its inception as a sidebar program of Cinematexas, the annual Eye + Ear performing arts series has evolved into an important international event in its own right. Sonic Youth's Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore, Japanoise artist Merzbow, DJ Lithops from "intelligent dance music" ensemble Mouse on Mars: The list of past performers reads like a who's who in the audio-visual avant-garde. Armed with a grant from the NEA, Eye + Ear organizers have stayed true to their high level of programming for 2002. Notably, they've commissioned new music composer (and Lacanian psychoanalyst) Gerard Pape to write a new piece to be performed by London's Arditti Quartet. The ensemble is perhaps best known for their performance of "Helicopter String Quartet," for which the musicians played their parts from separate helicopters, reaching their audience via audio and video projection. So if you're going to Eye + Ear, be ready for anything.
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