The Art of change presented by the new school's college of performing arts

Created by Jean-Baptiste Barrière, the installation will be on view beginning October 25, 2017


From October 25, 2017 through November 2, 2017, The New School's College of Performing Arts invites everyone to experience The Art of Change, an interactive, participative, and generative visual and musical art installation. The installation will be in the University Center's Event Cafe. 

The Art of Change was created by The New School's College of Performing Arts artist-in-residence Jean-Baptiste Barrière. The installation poses the question, What needs to be changed in the world? The project presents historic film clips as well as new and evolving video statements and propositions that can be recorded and uploaded to

In the Installation, visitors explore and transform the videos with their gestures, creating an artistic and reflexive experience. The project is intended to encourage speculative and prospective thinking, establish an open platform for contributors, and build new narratives of change. 

Become a Part of The Art of Change
To share your perspective on the project and your ideas on change, visit


Jean-Baptiste Barrière was born in Paris in 1958. His studies included music, art history, mathematical logic and philosophy (Doctorat at Sorbonne). In 1998, he joined IRCAM in Paris, directing successively Musical Research, Education, and Production; and left in 1998 to concentrate on personal projects focusing on the interaction between music and image. His piece Chréode (1983) won the Prix de la Musique Numérique of the Concours International of Bourges in 1983 (CD Wergo). He composed the music of several multimedia shows, including 100 Objects to Represent the World by Peter Greenaway, premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 1997. Barrière also composed the music of several virtual reality and interactive installations by Maurice Benayoun, including Worldskin (Prix Ars Electronica 1998). He developed Reality Checks, a cycle of installations and performances questioning the concept of identity in the digital age. He directed the CD-ROM, Prisma: The Musical Universe of Kaija Saariaho (Grand Prix Multimédia Charles Cros 2000), and regularly realizes visual concerts of Saariaho’s music, including her opera L’Amour de loin, performed in Berlin and Paris in 2006 by Kent Nagano and Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. He directed visuals for concert versions of operas such as Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise with Nagano and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Grand Prix du Conseil des Arts), and with Myung Whun Chung and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France in 2008; and Berg’s Wozzeck with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia of London in 2009. In 1997-98, he taught composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and in 2011–2012, was Visiting Professor in the Music Department of Columbia University, and was in 2015 the first grantee of the David Wessel ‘s Music & Science Grant of the Music Department of the University of California Berkeley. Latest major performances include in 2014 portrait concerts at Miller Theatre, New York, and in 2015 at Schœnberg Theater in Los Angeles; video for The Tempest Songbook multimedia show on music by Purcell and Saariaho at the Metropolitan Museum with the Martha Graham Dance Company with stage direction by Luca Veggetti, an interactive installation with George Lewis and Carrol Blue at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston; Palimpsest Capriccio for violin and electronics by Jennifer Koh at National Sawdust May 2016; the video and electronics for the multimedia event Circle Map at the Park Avenue Armory dedicated to the music of Kaija Saariaho, performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen last October.



Wednesday, October 25 from 4:00-6:00 pm in UL103 at the University Center, 63 5th Avenue, New York, New York, 10003

The event is free, but members of the press must RSVP with Will Wilbur.


The New School’s College of Performing Arts (CoPA), formed in the fall of 2015, brings together the iconic Mannes School of Music; the legendary School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the innovative School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of excellence, the College of Performing Arts creates opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovative education, and world-class performances. As part of the formation of The College, all three schools are together in the newly renovated Arnhold Hall in Greenwich Village, a state-of- the-art facility designed especially for the performing arts. As part of The New School, students and faculty across the College of Performing Arts experience a supportive and rigorous environment with enhanced opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, to public policy and advocacy, and more. CoPA has over 900 degree and diploma seeking students, including a variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as a Preparatory program with 400 students. 

For more information about The College of Performing Arts and its three schools:



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Media Contact:

Will Wilbur, The New School
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