A few weeks I co-produced/co-directed the second iteration of a mind-bindingly gigantic art/music experience titled Subsurface, Site-Specific Sight & Sound. Subsurface takes place in a 100-year old disused limestone mine that is twice the size of the largest building on Earth. The sprawling underground caverns and roadways that comprise the facility add up to 20 goddamn million square feet. If you’re having trouble visualizing that, it’s equivalent 347.2 football fields.

The music of Subsurface is performed by CMU’s Experimental Music Ensemble, Exploded Ensemble, which I co-direct with esteemed colleagues Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Lance LaDuke. Installations and performance pieces were created by CMU artists under the direction of Scott Andrew and Rich Pell.

There is a trove of insane images for our events in the Subsurface gallery, plus many slack-jawed reviews to enjoy in the Exploded Ensemble press area. Some feature videos/recordings of your very own Jesse Stiles attempting to explain this colossal undertaking.

See you at this next year maybe?

Your Jesse Stiles performing at Subsurface 2018. Costume by Olivia Robinson & Natalya Pinchuk. Photo by Alissa Garin.

Your Jesse Stiles performing at Subsurface 2018. Costume by Olivia Robinson & Natalya Pinchuk. Photo by Alissa Garin.

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