This lecture-performance by Asa Horvitz is about his piece GHOST. Inspired by the death of his father and many members of his father’s family, in GHOST Horvitz and colleagues sing texts created by an AI system trained on hundreds of books related to death, loss, and mourning. GHOST is part of THE SAVED NIGHT, a trilogy exploring non-human presences and the transformation of human-centered subjectivity at stake in the contemporary world.

Asa Horvitz (US/NL) is a performance maker and composer/musician. Horvitz studied composition with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton and graduated from DAS Arts/DAS Theatre in 2021. Recent work has been supported by The New Museum, Microscope Gallery (NYC), deSingel, Het HEM, Het Muziekgebouw, Frascati, wpZimmer, etc. He led the band VALES; collaborations include Ben Seretan, Anna Webber, Kalup Linzy, Scott Gibbons/Romeo Castellucci, Pavel Zustiak. Horvitz is a MacDowell, Fulbright, and Camargo fellow, and is supported by Standplaats Midden Utrecht. He previously lived in New York and Warsaw where he was active in DIY and professional art contexts and later studied psychoanalysis and various ways of working with dreams, before moving to the Netherlands.