The Recovery Summit

September 16, 2020


The Recovery Summit is an initiative led by Global Progress and Canada 2020, born out of the Recovery Project, a network of think tanks and research institutes designed to start the conversation about post-pandemic recovery. Held in advance of the UN General Assembly in September, the Summit will be an opportunity to platform big ideas for a coordinated, progressive global recovery effort.

Three recommendations from the Berggruen Institute’s latest report on Renewing Democracy in the Digital Age will be discussed. They include:

1. Establishing a Public Interest Media Fund to reinvigorate the public square
2. Implementing Windfall taxes on tech giants to benefit the common good
3. Creating a Youth Environment Service (YES) to address the climate emergency and rebuild social cohesion

Dawn Nakagawa, Executive Vice President of the Berggruen Institute and co-director of the Future of Democracy project, will be providing opening remarks on Wednesday, September 16 at 8:00 a.m. PDT and moderating a panel discussion on democracy and institutions at 8:25 a.m.

The panel also features:

• Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Former Prime Minister of Denmark)
• Mete Coban (Founder, My Life My Say)
• Sandro Gozi (Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe)
• Eli Pariser (Co-Director, Civic Signals)

Important Links:
Summit Website | Agenda | Watch Now on YouTube

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.