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Hands-On-workshop “moves make music” at KIT

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

WS moves make music

The research project MediaArt@Edu at KIT’s Institute of Vocational Education and General Education will be hosting the Hands-On workshop “moves make music” with the artist Onyx Ashanti over 27 to 28 February at KIT.

The workshop was developed in the framework of the BMBF research project InformAttraktiv of the “Digitale Media in Education” research group at the University of Bremen. It is part of the study profile on “artificial intelligence, cognition and robotics”, one of 3 study profiles in computer science in Bremen.

See here for Onyx Ashanti’s performance on the TED conference.

For further information please see here

Here is some information about Onyx Ashanti published on TED:

“Why you should listen to him:

Onyx Ashanti is a musician, geek, open-source advocate, Maker, collaborator … and we come back around again to musician. The intrumentation he has created fuses technique and technology into a full-body musical system, playable with hands, arms, mouth and body. As he says:

I am what can only be described as a cyborg musician. in other words, the music i create live, can not be replicated without technology. My music is called “Beatjazz.” It is a mix of sound design, live looping and jazz improvisation. My instrument of choice over the years has been a Yamaha Wind MIDI controller, but now the limitations have started to stunt the growth of this new form, so i designed an instrument that can take it into future.

He is now working on the next iteration of his instrument, codenamed Tron, and built around a helmet-mounted controller.”

WS moves make music

Shift – Festival of Electronic Arts Basel „record, record”

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

SHIFT-08-Logo

„record, record – aufzeichnen – speichern – verarbeiten“ is the motto of this year’s SHIFT festival to take place in Basel 23-26 October 2008. Shift consists of exhibitions, concerts, music, visual art, film, video, Internet and projects crossing the borders of the classic genres. (Blog: here)

A conference entitled “Cultural Storage. Recording Systems in an Age of Digital Archives” and organised in cooperation with the University of Basle’s Institute for Media Studies will consider the festival theme “record, record” in the light of current media discourse. For talks and speakers see here.

ifm Uni Basel

“following its successful launch last autumn, the Shift festival of electronic arts is kicking off for a second edition – as lively and relaxed as when it started, but with a few revisions and additions that experience has taught us are necessary. Shift offers insight into the distinctly dynamic field of international electronic arts: music, visuals, film & video screenings and, above all, ‘cross-over’ projects and productions that break the bounds of established disciplines. We don’t attempt to offer a more or less representative cross-section of contemporary production in the electronic arts spectrum, however. Shift is a festival that gives centre stage to a single theme that resonates throughout the whole programme. Following the theme of “access” last year comes now “record, record: to register, to store, to process”. The era’s obsession with recording and storing data will be explored and challenged in a range of profound and funny, surprising and serious, analytical, discursive, playful artistic positions and conferences and talks with prominent guests.”

Workshops will be held as well, most interesting to me in the context of media art education the Mechatronic art/ Swiss Mechatronic Art Society and the diy festival
(English version) which is currently on call

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The art of online dating

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

beta online dating at mediamatic

Reflecting about the new forms of meeting and dating people via the Net through data bases as well as in 3D-Community worlds such as SL, through interactive avatars, it is obvious that the art of online dating establishes new forms of communication and culture. Mediamatic introduced online dating as an art project and launched Beta: on line Dating at Mediamatic. It can be seen in the wider context of the exhibition entitled Gastarbeider Dating curated by Irina Birger and Katja Sokolova. Check it out here.

portrait of Brian

portrait of Katja

20 years European Media Art Festival Osnabrück

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

EMAF 20 year of being currious

The opening of the EMAF on 25th April is getting closer… Looking forward to celebrating 20 years of media art in Osnabrück, the place of my first studies – quite some time ago now… The EMAF programme is available now and can be downloaded here

(German version here)

Here are some of the highlights of the programme:

D-fuse

D-fuse (London) will present the live mixed performance Latitude [31º1ON/121º28 E]:
“During several visits to China D-Fuse have explored the rapidly changing urban environments of Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing together with local artists. Fragments of conversations, crowds, journeys, lights, deserted spaces, architectural contrasts are reconstructed to form a unique live performance that traces the multitude of paths, identities, encounters and influences that constitute everyday life in the city. D-Fuse Live Performances are shows that immerse the audience in the depth of imagery and sound. All live performances are a unique experience. Video by Michael Faulkner and Barney Steel and music by Matthias Kispert.“ (to take place on Saturday, 28th of April, 22:30 H Haus der Jugend).

The exhibition entitled FINAL CUT – Media Art and Cinema takes place in the Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche over April 25th to May 20th, 2007. The EMAF exhibition will take an artistic look at the dream machine of cinema. “International artists get a chance to demonstrate their fascination of commercial cinema, yet question the values, codes and patterns behind the films” (see programme) .

On the congress, media art education institutes are being presented, such as the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung Karlsruhe, the MINERVA Academie Groningen as well as the Hochschule der Kuenste Bern.
The roundtable on Saturday looks at the new paradigms in media art. Presentation: Jens Hauser(F/D), Curator and Art Theorist, participants: Annick Bureaud (F), Gerhard Johann Lischka (CH), Zhang Ga (USA/CH)

“When we consider the development of Media Art, today’s focus can no longer be primarily on the really-not-so-very-new digital media, which always come up against a central dilemma of analogue-digital interfaces: the problem of transmission. The time has come to think about how those interfaces change in view of the democratisation of biotechnologies, nano-technological tools, neurophysiology or space travel, which usually catered for the central paradigm of information vehicles and simulation in the “Media Art” of the digital era. Among other things, the roundtable debate will look into which wave movements can be analysed on the basis of the Media Art history and projected into future decades.”

More to follow soon…

ICH² – Intermedia dance performance for planetariums

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Ich hoch 2

Friday we went to ICH² (Me to the power of 2), an intermedia dance performance for planetariums in the MediaDome Kiel (at University of Applied Sciences), which was co-ordinated by Tom Duscher, professor at the Department of Digital Media/Intermedia at the Muthesius-Academy of Arts, Kiel, realised in cooperation with the ballet from the city of Kiel with the director and head of choreography Mario Schroeder as well as Eduard Thomas, director of the Mediadome of the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel

We were discussing the changing meaning of the term of “the scenary setting” which changes in terms of the motion, the behaviour and the augmentation of the real environment attached to the choreography of performing bodies (very different from the kind of bombastic stage technology used in musicals and the like). The following elements were brought together in the performance: The performing dancers equipped with sensors and , motion capturing/tracking, the freezing of still images which creates a kind of temporarily planetarium paintings at the ceiling, immersive video animations projected and last not least the overall sound arrangement (by Sven Lütgen).
Also spoken text and typographic elements were integrated in the overall intermedia performance. Here is the link http://www.ich-quadrat.de/eng/index.php (English version, German: www.ich-quadrat.de). Would be interesting to discuss more low cost models to be developed with schools kids, students and other partner institutions.
Here’s the project description:

“ICH² is a unique installation for an extra-ordinary space: a planetarium including a 360 degrees moving image projection. State-of-the-art projection technology is merging with dance theatre and interactive media into a fascinating wholesome piece of art, is modifying it and allowing a completely new kind of production: dancer and media together create an artistic environment that involves the audience in a new way. The impact of the imagery and the intensively short proximity of the performers, forms a high level of immersion. Hardly has a visitor been closer to the dancers. This turns standard planetariums into experimental Digital Theatres, in which man and technology are part of a unique experience of symbiosis.
The main area of research for project ReACT was the advancement of real-time tracking-technology in regard of the spacial and technical characteristics of planetariums. While usually linear image sets were shown, the use of reactive software allowed interactivity and manipulation of the projected content.
Concept: With the help of installed cameras and sensors attached to the performer’s body, movements in the space can be tracked and transmitted to a computer system based on vvvv, a toolkit for real time video synthesis.
A specially programmed software interprets the dancer’s movements in real-time, which in turn is then projected onto the dome as interactive projection and stage backdrop. This allows to create a digital double of the dancer: Motion Tracking as duplication process.
This sensory tracking system is used as well for the audio part of the production. The acoustic input is used as impulse for the digital image generation so that the visuals are synchronized in real-time. In this way a reactive visual and audio world is created, that synergetically re-interprets the image and audio composition. “ photos via the web site www.ich-quadrat.de
Next performance will take place today, SA 10.2. , 8 pm

Ich hoch 2

east site. [chaos][video][sound] from Lithuania at RAUM [][][]

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Lots of things will take place during transmediale next week, for example the performance entitled “east site. [chaos][sound]” from lithuania which will take place at RAUM [][][] , Berlin, on Saturday, 03.Feb., 2007, 20:00 hrs

Audiolivestream can be accssed on: http://raum.top-ev.de:7998/listen.pls

east site. [chaos][sound] is “a performance of lithuanian artists, during which comes the chaotic and unexpected presentation of art pieces. Someone scratches discs and
turns on the sound, someone pushes the play button and shows his/her
videos, someone just tries to involve the participants into the event
flow. What is the art from East in the time of globalization?
Does art from East Europe exists at all?

starring:
rasa juskeviciute ‘pablo pikaso”intervention’ –
http://www.manosegtuvas.projektas.lt/portfolio
pb8 ‘collective instrument’ – http://www.pb8.lt/pb8.php?l=en&n=+
vacys nevcesauskas ‘1 – 2 – 1 – 2 – 1 signal lines’
robertas narkus & milda zabarauskaite ‘brand cleaning’
vytautas michelius & tadas sarunas – www.3xpozicija.lt
patricija gilyte – www.patricija-gilyte.net
+ spec guest gintas k podcasting art – www.gintask.dar.lt
+ friends

RAUM [][][]
Schwedenstr. 16
13357 Berlin-Mitte/Wedding
+49 (0)30 – 49 91 80 33
raum[at]top-ev.de
http://raum.top-ev.de/

Osloer-Str. U8/U9/Tram M13/50/Bus125/128/150/255
Gesundbrunnen U8/S1/S2/S25/S41/S42(Ring)/Bus247

supported by >top e.V.

via Miga

Connecting Media Congress

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The international congress “Connecting Media” will be held over 2th to 4th November at the Theaterakademie Hamburg, Friedensallee 9, 22765 Hamburg.

The congress explores the intersection between technology, science, music and mediation in order to supportand discuss interdisciplinary work with musicians, artists, computer scientists, and other experts.

The programme (German language) can be accessed here:
source: http://mmm.hfmt-hamburg.de/index.php?id=6
Those of you who want to hook up, please email me.

Day Of The Figurines by Blast Theory in Berlin

Monday, September 18th, 2006

day of the figurines

The performance artist group Blast Theory is introducing a world premiere called the
Day Of The Figurines in Berlin – am lucky to always “have a suitcase in Berlin” as we say:

“Blast Theory presents the world premiere of Day Of The Figurines, a mass participation artwork using mobile phones that is part board game and part secret society.

Set in a fictional English town that is littered, dark and underpinned with steady decay, the game unfolds over 24 days, each day representing an hour in the life of the town. Up to 1000 players place their plastic figurines onto the board. They are moved by hand in a meticulous performance throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Players participate by sending text messages. They must help other players as they receive updates from the town, missions and dilemmas. They can also chat to players who are near them in the town using text messages as events unfold in the town: a gig by Scandinavian death metallists, an invasion by a Middle Eastern army, a summer fete.

Day Of The Figurines is the world’s first MUD (Multi User Domain) for mobile phones.

Invited by Trampoline as part of First Play Berlin which features innovative work that questions and expands the notion of interactive art, Day Of The Figurines will be on show in the foyer of Berlin’s venue, the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU2, from the 28th September to 21st October 2006

Opening times
28th September to 21st October 4 – 6pm
First Play Berlin Weekend 12th – 15th October 4 – 11.30pm

Day Of The Figurines was developed as part of the European research project IPerG (Integrated Project on Pervasive Gaming).

For more details
Day Of The Figurines www.dayofthefigurines.co.uk
Blast Theory www.blasttheory.co.uk
Mixed Reality Lab www.mrl.nott.ac.uk
IPerG www.pervasive-gaming.org
Trampoline www.trampoline-berlin.de

Additional tour Dates
National Museum of Singapore, December 2006
Brighton, Birmingham and Manchester, 2007″

Via Blast Theory

ICH² – Intermedia dance performance for planetariums

Monday, June 5th, 2006

Here is an invitation delivered via the rohrpost by Prof. Tom Duscher, Department of Digital Media/Intermedia at the Muthesius-Academy of Arts, Kiel:

“The intermedia dance performance ICH² faces the challenge of the digital theatre and combines dance theatre with immersive and interactive 360 degree motiondesign.

The Premiere of ICH² will be held on June 08 at 7:30 p.m., Mediadome in Kiel, Germany.
Further performance dates: June 10, 11, 18 and 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
For more information and ticket reservation please call +49 (0)431-210-1741 (Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.) or visit the performance-website: www.ich-quadrat.de (English version soon to come).

Project Description

ICH² (Me to the power of 2) is a ReACT collaboration of the Muthesius college of art in Kiel (www.muthesius.de), especially the Digital Media/Intermedia department of Prof. Tom Duscher, the ballet from the city of Kiel with the director and head of choreography Mario Schröder as well as Eduard Thomas, director of the Mediadome of the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel (www.mediendom.de).

ICH² is a unique installation for an extra-ordinary space: a planetarium including a 360 degrees moving image projection. State-of-the-art projection technology is merging with dance theatre and interactive media into a fascinating wholesome piece of art, is modifying it and allowing a completely new kind of production: dancer and media together create an artistic environment that involves the audience in a new way. The impact of the imagery and the intensively short proximity of the performers, forms a high level of immersion. Hardly has a visitor been closer to the dancers. This turns standard planetariums into experimental Digital Theatres, in which man and technology are part of a unique experience of symbiosis.

The main area of research for project ReACT was the advancement of real-time tracking-technology in regard of the spacial and technical characteristics of planetariums. While usually linear image sets were shown, the use of reactive software allowed interactivity and manipulation of the projected content.

Concept: With the help of installed cameras and sensors attached to the performer’s body, movements in the space can be tracked and transmitted to a computer system based on vvvv, a toolkit for real time video synthesis.
A specially programmed software interprets the dancer’s movements in real-time, which in turn is then projected onto the dome as interactive projection and stage backdrop. This allows to create a digital double of the dancer: Motion Tracking as duplication process.
This sensory tracking system is used as well for the audio part of the production. The acoustic input is used as impulse for the digital image generation so that the visuals are synchronized in real-time. In this way a reactive visual and audio world is created, that synergetically re-interprets the image and audio composition.

performance-website:
www.ich-quadrat.de