Counter Protocol Collective: Carmina Escobar & Scott Cazan

Together, Carmina Escobar & Scott Cazan, form The Counter Protocol Collective, an experimental intermedia arts organization exploring art, technology, the environment, and how the intersection of the these can counteract the status quo and provoke critical thought. Hailing from Mexico City and the United States, Carmina and Scott draw upon their unique cultural origins as well as their backgrounds in biology, aesthetic computing, hacker culture, and contemporary music to create new works at the intersection of these diverse fields in the form of installations, workshops, and intermedia performance. The group has exhibited projects locally as well as internationally.
Escobar’s works focus primarily on sound, the voice, the body, organic materials, technology and the interrelations and possibilities of all of these elements. She holds an MFA in voice performance at the California Institute of the Arts. She presented her work in diverse forums and festivals throughout the Mexican Republic, United States and Europe, including at at Roulette, New York; Foro de la Artes, Mexico City; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; Sala Blas Galindo, Mexico City; La Capilla, Mexico City; Diapason Galletry, New York; Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara; Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, and; Magaio Voice Scapes, Portugal. She has also collaborated with numerous artists of various disciplines and backgrounds including Thollem McDonas, ROVA saxophone quartet, Vinny Golia, Carole Kim, Ido Govrin, Theresa Wong, Mia Makela, Don McLeod, Denis Kolokol, Partch Ensemble, Estamos Ensemble, Ricardo Castillo, Evelyn Serrano, Fernando Vigueras, David Attie, Rebecca Levy, Apeiron Teatro, and Brody Condon in addition to collaborating on recordings for Abolipop (Guadalajara), Cotton Good Archive (England), Mathka (Poland) and Edge Tone Records (USA). She was twice awarded by FONCA (Mexico) as well as by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with the Estamos Ensemble.
Scott Cazan is a composer, performer, creative coder, and sound artist working in diverse fields such as experimental electronic music, sound installation, chamber music, and software art where he explores cybernetics, aesthetic computing, and information resulting from human interactions with technology. His work has been performed throughout the United States as well as internationally. He holds a BFA in Music Composition from University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a major in voice from the Escuela Superior de Música del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. He also has a MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from CalArts as well as a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance/Contemporary Music and Intermedia from the California Institute of the Arts and Studied Biology at the School of Sciences of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma of Mexico. He was awarded a residency at STEIM in Amsterdam to learn how to develop MIDI Controllers through the use of the micro computer technology ARDUINO and the Krakow electronic music studio at the Krakow Academy of Music in Poland to work on 3d sensors to use as an instrument controlled by the voice. He currently lives and teaches in Los Angeles, California.
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