Fri. Dec. 06, 6-8pm

Look up and listen beyond this Friday, December 6th, for a live celebration of Julianna Barwick’s release of “Circumstance Synthesis” for our commend there series (there002). 6-8pm. donations are always welcomed!


Julianna Barwick’s Circumstance Synthesis observes the shape of a day from a celestial vantage. Five floating suites trace morning through night, decorating space with a spectrum of layered vocals and synths that pool together and drift apart like clouds in the clearest blue.

Commissioned by Sister City, a new neighbor to Commend in the Lower East Side of NYC, “Circumstance Synthesis” originated as an environmentally responsive soundtrack. At this score’s performative core, generative music technology identified activity in the New York City sky through a camera perched on Sister City’s hotel’s rooftop, triggering musical progressions created by Barwick.

The generative score powered by Microsoft AI resounded live through Sister City’s lobby space, and its documentation now finds a home on the ground as the second installment of There, Commend’s new off site archival series.

Circumstance Synthesis encourages us to seek presence in our daily routine, attuned to the comings and goings in our environment but uplifted by higher purpose: a reminder to look up and listen beyond.

Words by Nina BC