Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Kaki King is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, use of multiple tunings on acoustic and lap steel guitar, and her diverse range in different genres. Over the past 10 years, the Brooklyn-based artist has released six extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, and performed with such icons as Foo Fighters and Timbaland. From 2015 to 2018, The Neck is a Bridge to the Body was Kaki King’s most prolific touring project and adventurous album — a provocative and beautiful piece that directly projects visual art onto her guitar — which, throughout the course of the piece, becomes her ontological tabula rasa. 

 

Kaki King’s latest work, DATA NOT FOUND (directed by Annie Dorsen) will debut in 2019. It is a contemporary musical and visual journey powered by the study and illustration of data. It explores how big data and personal data have come to affect our lives, and what those effects look and sound like.

 

“I’ve never seen anything like it … a sumptuous feast for the senses, a dizzying display of sound and vision by a guitarist already renowned for her innovation.”      Boston Globe     

“DATA NOT FOUND”

 

A New Performance Project in Development
f eat. Giorgia Lupi

* co-commissioning project prospectus *

Kaki King’s DATA NOT FOUND, directed by Annie Dorsen, is a contemporary musical and visual journey, powered by the study and illustration of data. It explores how big data and personal data have come to affect our lives, and what those effects look and sound like.

We are living in an age where data is king. In its most basic form, data is just a collection of facts and statistics, and we humans have been collecting it since the dawn of time. But in today’s world, data isn’t limited to academic study and record-keeping. Today, data is for everyone. Never before have we had such unparalleled access and computational tools. How are we using this power? How should we use that power?

Drawing on the success of her first multimedia production, The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body, Kaki King’s guitar playing is centerpiece, joined together with Giorgia Lupi’s data visualization and analysis, and video and animation by Max Bernstein. DATA NOT FOUND will be the joint effort of a team of artists and experts (see more info on the entire creative and production team, below). It will be co-commissioned by up to ten institutions around the world, including the The Arts Center @ NYU Abu Dhabi and the International Festival of Ideas, with creative residencies planned to take place at MASS MoCA and elsewhere.