The Wandering Mind

slow immediate

The audience is encouraged to drift between meditative waking and sleep while Kifferstein and Naqvi sketch improvisatory musical gestures in dialog with Dublon’s live-generated soundscapes.Each of the performances will comprise a different ensemble. In the third and final performance, the ensembles merge as a trio.


Marina Kifferstein is a violinist and generative artist based in NYC. Equally comfortable in major international venues and DIY spaces, she enjoys a diverse career that encompasses contemporary chamber music, improvisation, composition, and classical performance. She is a founding member of TAK ensemble and The Rhythm Method string quartet, a member of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, and is a regular guest with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink, and Talea ensembles. In addition to regularly conducting residencies at universities including Harvard, Stanford, and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, she is on faculty at the United Nations International School and the Composers Conference. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in music at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Qasim Ali Naqvi is a Pakistani-American artist perhaps best known as the drummer of Dawn of Midi. Outside of D.O.M., he is a composer and an electronic musician. His chamber and orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, Stargaze, The London Contemporary Orchestra, Jennifer Koh, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (MusicNOW season), yMusic and others. His sound installation work has most notably been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, documenta 13 / 14, the Tate Britain and MOMA PS. 1. He has released albums on New Amsterdam, NNA Tapes and Erased Tapes Records. 


Support for the Wandering Mind comes from MAXMachina, the Onassis Foundation, Ars Electronica and the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab (AILab). Special thanks to AILab residency hosts Mariano Sardon, Rocio Pilar and MUNTREF Arte-Ciencia, Buenos Aires. Thanks to NEW INC and ONX Studio. Nicholas Gillian and Nan Zhao contributed extensive creative and engineering support early on. Academic research and development on the Wandering Mind platform is underway at DVIC, Paris, with the support of Pôle Leonard de Vinci. Creative Commons licensed and public domain source material for the AI-powered sampler comes largely from the contributors to Radio Aporee, and was retrieved from the Internet Archive.

Artist Statement

Shape your dreams with the sounds of our world. The Wandering Mind is an AI-powered micro-sampler that assembles winding soundscapes from tens of thousands of field recordings from every part of the globe. This series of three collective nap performances will be produced live by artist-engineer Gershon Dublon of the MAXmachina 2021 duo slow immediate, along with guest musicians Qasim Naqvi and Marina Kifferstein.


Nov. 5 | 7:00 PM | Gershon Dublon (Wandering Mind platform), Marina Kifferstein (violin)

Nov. 6 | 2:00 PM | Gershon Dublon (Wandering Mind platform), Qasim Naqvi (modular synthesizer)

Nov. 6 | 7:00 PM | Gershon Dublon (Wandering Mind platform), Marina Kifferstein (violin), Qasim Naqvi (modular synthesizer) 


Accessibility note: the audience will be provided clean yoga mats on which to lie down for the duration of the performance; guests with disabilities are invited to contact festival staff to make alternative arrangements.

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