Multimedia concert by visionary guitarist and composer

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” guitarist, composer, and performance artist Kaki King presents DATA NOT FOUND — an immersive audiovisual journey featuring new music, projection mapping, and a host of new performative tools.

Watching Kaki King perform is like seeing guitar-playing for the first time. With both hands curling over her instrument’s neck, she hammers, plucks, strums, drums, and slaps at frets, strings, and body. The effect is of sculpting rather than of playing music.” – New York Magazine

Humans have been collecting data since the dawn of time, but in today’s world, data collection is not limited to academic study and record-keeping: it is omnipresent, powerful and increasingly controversial. How are we harnessing this power? How should we harness this power?

DATA NOT FOUND explores a broad range of contemporary issues, including artificial intelligence, the natural world, “big data” and personal empowerment, using her guitar as her proverbial magnifying glass. With direction by Annie Dorsen, whose works explore the intersection of algorithms and live performance,_ DATA NOT FOUND_ is an ongoing investigation and collaboration between a talented cast of performers, contributors, and researchers.

DATA NOT FOUND is a joint co-commission made possible by the The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi; International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CT; the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech; ARTS@TECH at Georgia Tech; and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Developmental support provided by MASS MoCA. Technical support provided by POTION Design. Co-Producers: Greg Kastelman and Vickie Starr.


Common logic dictates you don’t shake a bottle before opening it … but something incredible happened when composer Kaki King and data designer Giorgia Lupi were brought together in such a way, tasked with designing a multi-sensory “Celebration of Mastery” for the 2017 Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège. Introduced by mutual friend and esteemed design technologist John Maeda, Kaki and Giorgia saw in each other a mirror image, separated by their disparate disciplines.

The creative process can be augmented in bold and creative ways when data informs how we live our lives. But more importantly, how we live our lives also informs our understanding of data. The passion that was sparked between Kaki and Giorgia soon lead to other collaborations, including A Dialogue Between Four Hands, presented at Design Indaba 2017, and Bruises, a creative response to the turmoil in Kaki’s life when her daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening blood disease, presented at the STIR conference in February 2018. Determined to continue this investigation, Kaki and Giorgia are teaming up with trusted artistic collaborators from Kaki’s last multimedia ‘fait accompli’, The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, including Max Bernstein (video and animation), and Creative Producers Greg Kastelman and Vickie Starr, to develop Data Not Found.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King has released 8 albums over the past 13 years. She has presented her work in prestigious arts centers around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, MoMA, LACMA and The Met. She has created music for numerous film and TV soundtracks, including ‘August Rush’ and Sean Penn’s ‘Into the Wild’, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

Kaki’s previous multimedia work, The Neck is a Bridge to the Bod”, has been touring internationally since 2015, including performances throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Turkey, Japan and Brazil. In addition to her own solo work, Kaki has collaborated with the string quartet ETHEL, and recently recorded “Live at Berklee” with a chamber ensemble, commissioned by the Berklee School of Music.

Annie Dorsen is a director and writer whose works explore the intersection of algorithms and live performance. Her most recent project,_ The Slow Room,_ premiered at Performance Space New York in Fall 2018. Previous projects, including The Great Outdoors (2017), Y_esterday Tomorrow_ (2015), A Piece of Work (2013) and Hello Hi There (2010), have been widely presented in the US and internationally. The script of_ A Piece of Work_ was published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Annie has also contributed essays for The Drama Review, Theatre Magazine, Etcetera, Frakcija, and Performing Arts Journal (PAJ). She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway Musical Passing Strange, which she also directed. In addition to awards for Passing Strange, Annie received a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant to Artists Award, the 2014 Herb Alpert Award for the Arts in Theater, and a 2008 OBIE Award. She is a Visiting Professor in Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago.

Max Bernstein received his BA in Media Study with a concentration in film and video production, from the University at Buffalo, and an MFA in film production and studio art from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has worked as a technical artist with the Wooster Group, a video and sound designer for Michelle Ellsworth, the Flinching Eye Collective, a contributing artist for You and Me, one half of Outlier, a video artist for Friends Of The Tank, and a life long multinstrumentalist, a member of Eupana, composer, and sound engineer at Tribal Studio. Bernstein’s personal works combine elements of cinema, theater, sculpture, performance, and new media, often-exploring contemporary notions of representation and phenomenology through experimental narrative and technology. His media, performances, and installations have been exhibited internationally at such diverse venues as Albright Knox Art Gallery, The Denver Art Museum, The New School, Tucson MOCA, AS220, WNDX festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Vox Populi Gallery, CentralTrak Dallas, the Biennial of the Americas, and possibly the side of a building in your neighborhood. Bernstein has taught film history and production at the University of Colorado Boulder, and video art at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He is also Kaki King’s video engineer and touring partner.

Giorgia Lupi is an information designer, artist, and author. Data is her tool, medium, and material to tell stories. With her practice, she creates visual languages to represent data to make them more contextual, engaging, and human.

Giorgia co-founded Accurat, a data-driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York where she is the Creative Director. After receiving her master’s in Architecture, she earned a PhD in Design at Politecnico di Milano. She is co-author of Dear Data, an aspirational hand drawn data visualization book available in bookshops in the US (Princeton Architectural Press) and UK (Penguin Random House UK). Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, where in 2017 she was commissioned to create an original site-specific art piece. Her TED TALK on her Humanistic approach to Data has over one million views.