ANBB (Alva Noto and Blixa Bargeld) – Once Again Live@Resonate Festival 2012
Archive for March, 2012
Established in 2003, United Visual Artists are an art and design practice based in London. UVA produce work at the intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, moving image and digital installation. UVA’s team members come from many disciplines including fine art, architecture, communication design, moving image, computer science and engineering. The cross-pollination of diverse skills inspires new fields of exploration, which is core to their ethos. Pushing the boundaries of research, software and engineering with every project, UVA’s work aims above all to be meaningful and engaging. Their work has been exhibited at institutions including the V&A, the Royal Academy of Art, the South Bank Centre, the Wellcome Collection and their artworks have toured internationally.
On Friday 16th September 2012, James George and Alexander Porter held a workshop at Resonate to premiere their newly developed Kinect-based DSLR+Depth video system. The workshop explored the notion of “re-photography”, in which otherwise fixed camera perspectives may be visualized from new points of view. To compose their shots, the workshop participants used a custom openFrameworks application aligns and combines color video and depth data into a dynamic sculptural relief. This tool allowed participants to select new angles, dollying, and zooming — to compose new perspectives on the data as if playing a video game. Fixed camerawork is thus transformed into a malleable and negotiable post-process, in which shots were carefully recomposed to highlight and inflect different latent meanings.
Resonate, new media festival, March 16th and 17th 2012 Dom Omladine Belgrade
During the preparations for music program of just finished Resonate conference, one project that simply couldn’t be ignored was anbb (always typed in lower case and without country name), serving as one of two perfect artistic illustrations of the conference’s main theme – the relation between digital and analogue. Just like Blixa Bargeld and Alva Noto (pseudonym for electronic music artist Karsten Nikolai) plunged into voice vs. electronic sound debate, DJ Spooky attempted to explore possibilities of a union between a string quartet and electronic beats. The tension created in this way will linger for months in many ears.
Great festivals don’t have ‘themes’ – the best assemble interested folk and hopefully allow them to exchange ideas. (Big tick to Resonate on that front.) But if there was a motif that ran through the festival – whether in the talks, workshops, or interstitial conversations, it was this: that if this is an age when computation affects pretty much everything – not least design, then there seems to be a strong theme emerging around how ‘a human element’ can join in that affectation.
When accused of being a chaotic thinker by the eminent sociologist Robert K. Merton after a 1955 talk at Columbia University, Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan coyly replied “You don’t like those ideas? I got others.” Fast forward 57 years and embracing a multitude of perspectives and conflicting viewpoints is not so much an intellectual approach as an evolutionary survival mechanism. We’re bombarded by an impossibly dense stream of media stimulus 24-7, and yet we parse that input to cultivate nuanced worldviews. We’ve taken less than a decade to rethink our daily routines and interactions as ‘machine-readable’ events and we effortlessly manipulate the social web to share, collaborate and enjoy the persistent presence of our peers – welcome to the new age of abundance! While it is naive to think that increasingly detailed data trails and heightened connectivity will allow us to ‘solve’ perennial problems like inequality, the distribution of wealth and unsustainable economic and industrial practices, we can calibrate this new milieu to help us rethink how we represent and engage the world around us.
Ivan’s piece for Resonate is technology at its most analogue, shaping different creative stems of thought and process, rich with intricate details and connecting ideas and practices. Thread of thought, shine of silk, tool of perfection, all designed to express the most intimate desire to reach the impossible.” Filip Visnjic
Ivan Sijak (Šijak) (born in Belgrade March 23, 1969) is a cinematographer, director, photographer and artist. During the 1990 he founded Mechanical Duck Creative Production. Lectures visual effects for film, video, animation, and digital image at Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade and at the University of Arts. Co-founder of the Serbian Association of Cinematographers S.A.S. and a member of European Association of Cinematographers IMAGO.
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