From 2002-2018, YACHT has shape-shifted from product designers to composers, and from a two-piece avant-garde karaoke group to a five-piece no-wave disco band.
Having began in 2002 as the design studio “Young Americans Challenging High Technology”, YACHT became a word that represented everything touched by Jona Bechtolt, Claire L Evans, and Rob Kieswetter. Musically, they’ve released albums internationally on DFA Records and Downtown Records. And as writers, curators, and speakers, they've been commissioned by organizations including The Getty Center, Adobe, TEDx, WIRED, MOMA, LACMA, Rhizome, VICE, and more.
If you’re confused by YACHT, look closer or zoom out. There’s a decade-plus of work to sift through: joke websites, videos seen by millions, subversive design projects, one-time-only events, and live shows around the world with bands like LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more.
At Loop, they’ll take part in a presentation called Computer as Collaborator, looking at some of the music being produced by artists working with artificial intelligence – alongside fellow artists, lucky dragons, and members of Google’s machine learning project, Magenta.