AxS 2014 | Curiosity

SPHAERAE functioned as the center piece of AxS Festival 2014 | CURIOSITY 19 Sep - 5 Oct. AxS [ak-sis] is a two-week citywide festival produced by the Pasadena Arts Council that explores the nexus of artistic and scientific inquiry, promoting experimentation and cross-fertilization between these disciplines. It is our conviction that the interplay between human curiosity, scientific investigation and artistic risk-taking reflects a cultural zeitgeist that not only defines Pasadena as the City of Art and Science, but also illuminates the richness, diversity, and sheer innovation of human aspiration and achievement in the 21st century.

In fall 2014 Pasadena Arts Council presented the sixth AxS Festival, a proving ground where ideas, scientific theories and leading-edge technologies converge with artistic innovation across a multidisciplinary platform of architecture, new media, visual art, music, theater, educational programs and provocative conversation. The AxS Festival is a response to our contemporary cultural condition — a concentrated exploration designed to ignite and inspire the imagination of audiences and participants alike.

AxS Festival 2014 forms a two-week expedition across uncharted territory on the boundary between art and science.

Festival website: //axsfestival.org

Curator: Robert Crouch (US) //robertcrouch.com

Participants

Participating artists and performers included: William Basinski, Richard Chartier, Bruno Louchouarn, Chris Duncan, Jeff Cain, Mattia Casalegno, Francisco López, Intimatchine, Lucky Dragons, Mike Harding/Touch, Yann Novak, Eric Parren, Paul Prudence, Steve Roden, Jet Smits, Julie Tolentino, Martijn Van Boven, Bas Van Koolwijk, and Virons. [Full bio's of participants below.]//axsfestival.org

Performances

10000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid

by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand (NL)
10000 Peacock Feathers

The original proto-cell, a direct chemical ancestor of lipid membranes, soap film comprised the foam of the primordial prebiotic soup. The sensitive skin of a soap bubble is capable of swallowing laser light as if it were confined by a waveguide antenna. In this performance, bubble-trapped laser beams reveal the biomorphic molecular dynamics inside of soap film membranes. //portablepalace.com

Fri 19.9.14 - 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

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by Lucky Dragons (US)
Lucky Dragons

Lucky Dragons is an experimental group consisting of artists Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara. Based in Los Angeles, California, they are noted for their unusual sound, described as having the ability to make “‘everyday sounds’ become alluringly other.” Their performances include live music, video projection, and sounds created in collaboration with the audience. They have performed at major international art institutions and at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. //luckydragons.org

Fri 19.9.14 - 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Performances

Solunaris

by William Basinski and Richard Chartier (US)
Solunaris

With Solunaris, sonic pilots William Basinski and Richard Chartier navigate the Sphaerae across the breathtaking expanses of the Sun and Moon, hovering side by side. This contemplative live audio/visual performance evokes the hidden forces of our planet’s primary illuminators, whose every turn is terrestrially echoed. Chartier will superimpose the Sun’s fiery grasp of Earth over Basinski’s waxing and waning seductive Moon.

Captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, orbiting Earth at an altitude of 22,000 miles, the high-resolution footage of the Sun comprises three wavelengths that unfold in a majestic multi-color high definition movie. As if floating near the Sun’s surface, the audience will experience the entire tumultuous year of 2013, culminating in the flip of the solar quadrupole. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter recorded the hypnotic lunar footage.

The live performance version of Solunaris was especially created for the Sphaerae and will be premiered at the AxS Festival. //axsfestival.org/solunaris

Sat 20.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

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by Steve Roden (US)
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An observatory of vivid hallucinations is produced within the eye itself, arising due to interference in the signal from the eye to the primary visual cortex. These complex interference patterns are spherically transformed in accordance with the retinotopic map. //inbetweennoise.com

Sat 20.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Repose

by Yann Novak (US)
Repose

Repose is a site specific sound and light performance created for Sphæræ. Repose is intended to highlight this unique space through a near gesture-less performance of sound and light. The piece is consist of purely synthesized sound that is nearly void of compositional elements and a 180º projection of pure color. The performance is formed through manipulation of the color, hue and saturation of the projected light. //yannnovak.com

Sat 20.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Artist Talk

Quantum Sensitivity

by Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch (NL)
talk

Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch presented a talk on their immersive works that engage with the present and ideas of perception. The duo discussed the trajectory of their artistic pursuit, which merges physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Addressing the very thresholds of scientific insight, these endeavors explore the slippery frontier where quantum behavior arises on a human scale. Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly in the domain of mesoscopics, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. Having dismissed the use of recording media, their works exist as ever-transforming phenomena offered for observation. //portablepalace.com

Sun 21.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

(Unlisted Performance)

by Intimatchine
Mirror Neurons

Both scholars in separate performance fields, Intimatchine derive from cardinal and mutable differences. Inspired by the break up of Los Angeles based couple Chelsey Holland and Christopher Wormald, Intimatchine satirizes themes of their intimate exchanges. The result was a visceral musical collaboration that brought her moody vocal narratives together with his proto-industrial soundscapes. Their May 2014 debut EP, I’ll Eat You Last, is a reflection of these real and imaginary dramas accentuated by effects-driven guitar, droning synths, and hypnotic percussion. Intimatchine remain active on various online communities and dating websites to offer their own journal of romantic plight, which informs their relationship advice column. Intimatchine will be combining their music performance ritual with the interaction of live optical feed-backing– utilizing Sphæræ to monitor and magnify their personal exchange with one another and their audience. Their involvement with Sphæræ is likely to induce unruly sounds and visuals, which will direct Intimatchine’s spontaneity and restraint. //intimatchine.bandcamp

Sun 21.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Performances

Mirror Neurons

by France Jobin and Fabio Perletta with xx+xy visuals
Mirror Neurons

Mirror Neurons represent a distinctive class of cells that fire both when an animal executes an action and when it observes another individual performing the same action. Discovered by Italian neurophysiologist Giacomo Rizzolatti and his team at the University of Parma while doing a research on the neural representation of motor movements in monkeys, the precise function and influence of these neurons has become one of the most important topic in neuroscience. They have been linked to many behaviours and abilities, from empathy to learning by imitation and language acquisition, as well as implicated in conditions such as autism and other brain disorders. These findings suggest that the mirror neuron system plays a key role in our ability to experience empathy. Initiated by sound artists France Jobin and Fabio Perletta, Mirror Neurons is a media-project investigating the notion of empathy and physical distance. The entire album is the result of extended sound files exchange between Montréal (Canada) and Roseto degli Abruzzi (Italy). Each of the pieces is based on rough sounds and their consequent re-working, listening and reaction, processing and imitation. The ongoing process helped artists to draw inspiration in terms of stimuli for the act of composing itself in two very distant cities, different climate, time zones and languages. The piece will make its debut at the 2014 AxS Festival. Like much of Jobin and Perletta’s recent works, Mirror Neurons explores the artists’ interest in intersection between science and art, as well as the infinitely small and invisible. In order to further develop the concept of distance/connectivity, visual artists xx+xy visuals from Rome have been involvedinthe process. They created a multi-dimensional, generative and ever-changing sound visualization through the use of quiet textures and subtle movements emphasizing the slowed sense of time of the work itself. //francejobin.com //fabioperletta.it //xxxyvisuals.com

Thu 25.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Strutture Dissipative

by Mattia Casalegno (US)
Strutture Dissipative

Strutture Dissipative is a framework of audiovisual experiments dealing with the notions of emergence and complexity inspired by the work of the Belgian chemist Ilya Prigogine, who in the ’70 studied the behaviors of complex systems and thermodynamic systems. His seminal work is been extended to social sciences phenomena and helped the rise of a kind of complexity studies in the ’70-’80, leading to recent speculations about a deep ecology approach and a paradigm where human urge to seek new ways to be in equilibrium with his surrounding environment. //mattiacasalegno.net

Thu 25.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Synergetica Screening

Hyper-Rainforest

by Francisco López (NL/SP)

A monumental sound piece, both in duration and in spatial terms, created from original environmental recordings done between 1990 and 2010 at multiple locations of tropical, sub-tropical and cold rainforests in: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Gambia, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Japan, Senegal, South Africa, USA, and Venezuela. Because of the vividness and presence of all the sounds and their spatiality, “Hyper-Rainforest” has the possibility of being perceived as a simulation. Beyond that immediate -and natural- reaction to this experience lies an entirely different possible territory: the realm of the phenomenologically ineffable. Sounds are not only indexical or referential (the standard view). They have their own life, their own ‘self-sufficiency’. They are the potential building blocks (substance, matter, magma) of a self-sustained sonic virtuality not grounded in representation, but rather on the emergence of a more free world. //franciscolopez.net

Thu 25.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Hydro-Acoustic Study

by Paul Prudence (UK)
Hydro-Acoustic Study

Hydro-Acoustic Study is a cinematic exploration of sonically activated hydrological events, specifically evolving waveforms, protocellular bubbles, and meniscusʼs that grow and exhibit behavior in direct response to sound. //paulprudence.com

Thu 25.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Fdbck AV

by Bas van Koolwijk (NL)
Fdback AV

For the Fdbck AV live sets and releases, Van Koolwijk has created a feedback control circuit between audio and video data, making these into two facets of a self-sustaining data stream. Through manipulation of the ensuing processes, the system becomes an audio-visual instrument. This particular composition was especially created for projection within the Sphæræ dome. //basvankoolwijk.com

Thu 25.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

LC Environment

by Jet Smits (NL)
LC Environment

In LC Environment, liquid crystals are a physical substance able to translate digital data to visual images. The fascinating transitional qualities of the material captured her interest. While many households use liquid crystals in their most conventional form; the LCD screen, her aim is to use the unique qualities of this material in different aesthetic ways. The Technical University in Delft allowed her to do a residency, which enabled her to do more extensive research into the behaviors and aesthetic qualities of this material. This research lead her to create a live-video installation and an abstract video piece utilizing liquid crystals, which enables the visitor to experience this material directly. //jetsmits.nl

Thu 25.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

On Growth and Data

by Martijn van Boven (NL)
On Growth and Data

The simple system of a closed feedback loop is developed, transformed, mutated, translated and after each iteration, it is mirrored and compared with real life strings of biological data available through online databases such as Genbank. In its most ideal situation during one performance the initial system transforms into a computer generated form equivalent to the fingerprint of animals or plants. //474746.org

Thu 25.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Lumophre

by Paul Prudence (UK)
Lumophre

Originally commissioned for the Kaluga Festival at the Kaluga Planetarium and Space Museum in Russia, Lumophore explores the potential for inter-modal colour-shape-sound synergies to create an abstract narrative of architectonic forms in relation to sound. A lumophore (also luminophore) is an atom or atomic grouping in a chemical compound that manifests luminescence. //paulprudence.com

Thu 25.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Performances

Cascade

by William Basinski (US) and James Elaine (CN)
Cascade

A special performance by acclaimed composer William Basinski and artist James Elaine. Basinski will performing Cascade, a new tape composition accompanied by a video work by Elaine. Since 1978, James Elaine and William Basinski have worked together closely, creating some of the most visually poetic and aurally arresting installation and theatrical experiences. Using original compositions, found sound, tape loops, and delay devices, Basinski’s experimental music compositions provide a brilliant accompaniment to Elaine’s fragmented and painterly moving images recorded using super-8 video. By using obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, Basinki and Elaine explore the temporal nature of life, the reverberations of memory, and the mystery of time. The result of their collaboration provides a melancholic meditation on the passing of time and the decay that remains in its wake. //axsfestival.org/basinski-elaine

Fri 26.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Gut Feeling

by Eric Parren (US/NL)
Cascade

Microcinematography, the synthesis of microscopy and moving image, is a combination of two sensory expansion tools and allows for the exploration of different scales of both size and time. Gut Feeling investigates the boundaries of current microcinematography by using an advanced optical microscope and by employing building blocks of the promising field of synthetic biology as the content of an audiovisual experience. Genetic engineering is rapidly becoming the world’s most important engineering tool, and the use of E. coli bacteria was instrumental to the development of this discipline.For this project, E. coli bacteria were genetically modified with bio-bricks to express three different kinds of fluorescent proteins; red, green, and cyan. The bacteria were captured trough time-lapse laser-scanning confocal microscopy while undergoing growth and movement experiments. The resulting image sequences form the basis for the visual component of Gut Feeling. The microscopically enlarged images are further magnified by being projected in monumental dimensions. Processes that normally occur on the scale of 500 nanometers are suddenly visible a hundred thousand times their original size. The visuals are accompanied by a real-time algorithmically composed composition based on the biosynthesis pathways described in the E. coli genome. The DNA structures for the creation of amino-acids and the resulting chemical reactions are transcoded into micro-sound elements which are clustered and spatialized on a multi-channel surround sound setup. The combined audiovisuals provide a complex multi-sensory journey into the life of the humble organisms with whom we share a symbiotic relationship, the E. coli bacteria. This project was realized at the NanoPico Characterization Lab of the California NanoSystems Institute with the support from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts and the Mondriaan Fund. //ericparren.net

Fri 26.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Artist Talk

Augmented Ecology

by Theun Karelse (NL)
talk

During the development of Boskoi, an open source smartphone application for navigating the edible landscape and mapping wild food sources, it became clear that mobile technologies were opening up new toolkits for citizen science and for networks between humans and their living environment. They have added to a newly forming branch of the anthropocene; the intertwining of data and media technologies with the ecosphere. This talk will explore such edible landscapes and augmented ecologies. //www.theunkarelse.net

Sat 27.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

A History of Inflatables

by Cocky Eek (NL)
talk

Sphæræ is the result of Cocky Eek’s ongoing research into pneumatics. She has been greatly inspired by such diverse fields as biology, technology, cooking, fashion, and many others. Over the years she has collected as selection of interesting bubbles, blobs and spheres, ranging from NASA technology, to sauna shorts or even an inflatable duck recipe. She will present her research into these various architectural forms, creatures, and phenomena during AxS | Curiosity. //www.cockyeek.com

Sat 27.9.14 / 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Performances

Skyglow

by Jeff Cain (US) with sound by Ezekiel Honig (US)
Skyglow

Skyglow is a video installation about light and perspective in Los Angeles. Aerial footage shot from a police helicopter straight down on the city at night is turned into a planetarium style projection where viewers must lie down to look up at the “stars.” The first 30 minutes of Skyglow was be presented with a new score composed and performed by Ezekiel Honig. Afterward, Skyglow continued as an installation where audience members could come and go as they please.//shedresearch.net//ezekielhonig.com

Sat 27.9.14 - 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Touch

by Mike Harding (US)
Touch

is a curator & producer, a lecturer & publisher, and an author & editor who has had occasional exhibitions, installations and performances around the world. He has been running the audio-visual label Touch for over 30 years and in this period has acquired much experience and information on disseminating cultural sounds to a wider audience. He prepared a very special DJ set at AxS 2014. Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent company of its time.//www.touch33.net/

Sat 27.9.14 - 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Performances

Shatter + Center

by Julie Tolentino (US)
Shatter

Shatter + Center explodes as an afternoon of multi-layered improvisation: sonic subterfuge, unguarded movement spectacle, sweat, sensual collisions – a vibrational ecstatic immersion. Lay down or move with us within the Sphæræ ‘s golden hue of light to witness this singular, one-of-a-kind afternoon assembled by Julie Tolentino with Matanoise. Julie Tolentino invites cross-disciplinary artists Nick Duran, taisha paggett, Pigpen/Stosh Fila, Pony Lee Estrange, Geneva Skeen, John Burtall, and special guest experimental sound artists Patrick Murch & Maria Garcia/MataNoise, Tamaki Ueda, William Hutson, Nial Morgan for an afternoon to explore and move within each other’s practices, head space, bodies to and for and because of Sphæræ. //julietolentino.com

Sat 28.9.14 - 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Performances

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by Richard Chartier (US)
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“Listening to Richard Chartier’s work is like sitting in a room at dusk while the light fades. As colours and detail drain away the eye seeks to compensate, peering eagerly at the slowly disappearing surroundings. The fade-out provokes both ambition and anxiety in the perceiver, and the awareness of seeing and not-seeing becomes as important as the objects of perception. Chartier’s work plays a similar double game of seduction and evasion with the ear.”- Will Montgomery “On the surface of silence: reticence in the music of Richard Chartier” During Richard's performance the cover was removed from Sphæræ, creating a shadow play by the lichts of traffic passing. //www.3particles.com/

Thu 2.10.14 - 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

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by Steve Roden (US)
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In the sound works, singular source materials such as objects, architectural spaces, and field recordings, are abstracted through humble electronic processes to create new audio spaces, or possible landscapes. The sound works present themselves with an aesthetic Roden has described as lower case – sound concerned with subtlety and the quiet activity of listening.//inbetweennoise.com

Thu 2.10.14 - 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Performances

Sol Path

by composer/cognitive scientist Bruno Louchouarn (US)
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Inspired by the exploratory path that the Mars Rover takes over the course of a sol - a Martian day- Sol Path explores the intricate interactions between an Earth-bound team of explorers and a robotic space lab as it searches for signs of life millions of miles away. Sol Path was developed through a residency at NASA/JPL during which Louchouarn met with Mars Mission team members including rover drivers, robotics engineers and members of the “planetary protection team” and collected interviews, images and data that are incorporated into the score and media installation. Sol Path features renowned violist Brett Deubner and projection design by award-winning Adam Larsen. //www.3particles.com/

Sat 4.10.14 - 450 West Colorado Boulevard / Sphæræ

Archives

Video Video

Participants, in order of appearance:

William Basinski (US) is a classically trained musician who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. Most recently, Basinski was selected to create music for the new Robert Wilson opera, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, which premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2011, toured Europe in 2012, and North America in 2013. Basinki’s acclaimed four-part cycle, The Disintegration Loops, has been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queen Elizabeth Hall and toured Europe with various orchestras in 2013. //mmlxii.com

Richard Chartier (US) , sound and installation artist, is considered one of the key figures in the current of reductionist electronic sound art which has been termed both “microsound” and Neo-Modernist. Chartier’s minimalist digital work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself. Chartier’s sound works/installations have been presented in galleries and museums internationally including the 2002′s Whitney Biennial and he has performed his work live across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America at digital art/electronic music festivals and exhibits. In 2000 he formed the recording label LINE and has since curated its continuing documentation of compositional and installation work by international sound artists/composers exploring the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism. In 2010, Chartier was awarded a Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship to explore the National Museum of American History’s collection of 19th-Century acoustic apparatus for scientific demonstration. //3particles.com

Steve Roden (US) is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Roden’s working process uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through self-invented systems into scores, which then influence the process of painting, drawing, sculpture, and composition. These scores, rigid in terms of their parameters and rules, are also full of holes for intuitive decisions, failures and left turns.The inspirational source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton that the abstract finished works are built upon. In the visual works, translations of information such as text and maps, become rules and systems for generating visual actions such as color choices, number of elements, amounts of time and form building. In the sound works, singular source materials such as objects, architectural spaces, and field recordings, are abstracted through humble electronic processes to create new audio spaces, or possible landscapes. The sound works present themselves with an aesthetic Roden has described as lower case – sound concerned with subtlety and the quiet activity of listening. //inbetweennoise.com

Yann Novak (US) is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Through the use of sound, light and space, he explores how these intangible materials can act as catalysts to focus our awareness on the present moment and alter our perception of time. Novak’s work, whether conceptual or rooted in phenomenon, are informed by his investigations of presence, stillness and mindfulness. His works can be experienced as architectural interventions, sound diffusions, audiovisual installations and performances, durational performances, concerts and recorded sound-works.Novak has presented his installation work through solo exhibitions at 323 Projects (US), Armory Center for the Arts (US), Jack Straw New Media Gallery (US), Las Cienegas Projects (US), Lawrimore Project (US), Soundfjord (UK) and in two person exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery (US), Pøst (US) and Soil Art Gallery (US). His sound-works and scores have been presented internationally as part of multiple group exhibitions and diffusions at venues and events including the American Academy in Rome (IT), Aqua Art Miami (US), California Museum of Photography (US), File Hipersonica (BR), Gift_Lab (JP), London International Festival of Exploratory Music (UK), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (US), Suyama Space (US), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (US), TBA Festival (US), Western Bridge (US) and others. //yannnovak.com

Francisco López (ES) is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene. For more than thirty years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion. He has realized hundreds of concerts, projects with field recordings, workshops and sound installations in over seventy countries of the five continents. His extensive catalog of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with over 150 international artists) has been released by more than 300 record labels worldwide. He has been awarded four times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 for best sound anthology. //franciscolopez.net

Bas van Koolwijk (NL) Media artist Bas van Koolwijk uses both sound and image, be it analogue or in numerical code, as interchangeable data. He produces visual and acoustic compositions in which both manifestations powerfully interact. His works can often be seen as an attack on the illusion of the medium itself. Van Koolwijk develops his own hardware and software applications. For the Fdbck AV live sets and releases, Van Koolwijk has created a feedback control circuit between audio and video data, making these into two facets of a self-sustaining data stream. Through manipulation of the ensuing processes, the system becomes an audio-visual instrument. This particular composition was especially created for projection within the Sphæræ dome. //basvankoolwijk.com

Jet Smits (NL) New media artist Jet Smits explores the transitional border between the physical and the virtual world, investigating the transition point where data becomes sensorial, trying to capture that exact moment of change. She finds herself in the area of science and technology related to our perception. Her phenomenological approach results in the use of different media and technologies to create immersive, contemplative installations, based on empirical research as well as thorough artistic and scientific experimentation. //jetsmits.nl

Martijn van Boven (NL) The work of Martijn van Boven lies in the field of experimental film and computer art. In his work, he uses the techniques and possibilities of state of the art image processing within the context of the experimental film and early computer generated films. The abstract films of Stan Brakhage and computer art also have an influence on his work and thinking about abstract imagery in relation to film. Martijn van Boven studied at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, at the Image and Sound department. His work includes video-installations, films, and collaborations with composers and Live Cinema performances. His work has been shown at numerous festivals world-wide such as: IFF Rotterdam, State X New Forms, Sonic Acts, Holland Festival, Five Days Off, FICCO (Mexico City/MX), RIKZ (Riga/LV), SKIF-9 (St. Petersburg/RU) and Transmediale (Berlin/DE), STRP Festival (Eindhoven/NL) and Woodstreet Galleries (Pittsburgh/US). Since 2000, Martijn van Boven works as a freelance film and video curator, focusing on avant-garde film and abstract cinema. In 2003, he co-founded the new media art center The Hague. Since 2006, he is part of the curatorial team of Sonic Acts (NL). In the same year, he also started teaching audio-visual design at the Art Academy of Arnhem, and as of 2012 he is head of the department of Interaction Design at the ArteZ Institute of the Arts. He lives and works in Amsterdam (NL). //474746.org

Paul Prudence (UK) is an audio-visual performer working with algorithmic and generative environments. His work, which had been shown and performed internationally, focuses on the ways in which sound, space and form can be cross-wired to create live-cinematic visual-music experiences. Paul maintains the weblog Dataisnature exploring the interrelationships between natural processes, computational systems and procedural-based art practices. Originally commissioned for the Kaluga Festival at the Kaluga Planetarium and Space Museum in Russia, Lumophore explores the potential for inter-modal colour-shape-sound synergies to create an abstract narrative of architectonic forms in relation to sound. A lumophore (also luminophore) is an atom or atomic grouping in a chemical compound that manifests luminescence. //paulprudence.com

France Jobin (CA) is a sound / installation / artist, composer, and curator residing in Montreal, whose audio art, qualified as “sound-sculpture”, reveals a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital intersect. Her installations express a parallel path, incorporating both musical and visual elements inspired by the architecture of physical spaces.Her work can be “experienced” internationally in varied music venues and new technology festivals, such as Mutek, FIMAV, SEND + RECEIVE, Club Transmediale, ISEA RUHR 2010, surface tension tour Japan and Flussi. Jobin has solo recordings on many renowned labels, mainly Baskaru (FR), ROOM40 (AU), LINE (US), nvo (AT), DER (US) and ATAK (JP). Her sound art is also part of countless compilation albums. In January 2013, the Conseil québécois de la musique awarded France Jobin with the prestigious Opus Prize for Concert of the year – Category Musiques Actuelle, électroacoustique for her concert at AKOUSMA 8. France Jobin’s work continues to evolve as technologies enable her to create new environments. //francejobin.com

Fabio Perletta (IT) is a sound & multimedia artist living and working in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy. His works include electronic music, sound & light installations, live performances and graphic design. By using computer and custom softwares, Perletta’s sound research explores the intersection between different yet complementary areas such as physics, psychology and human perception. His works have been exhibited internationally at media art festivals, art galleries and venues including SoundFjord (UK), Café OTO (UK), O’ (IT), Flussi Festival (IT), Liminaria/Interferenze (IT), Area Gallery (FR), Acusmatiq Festival (IT), Krake Festival (DE), Berghain Kantine (DE), Auditorium Parco della Musica (IT), Raum (IT). Over the years he has collaborated as curator/musician and shared the stage through live performances and group exhibitions with international artists such as Vladislav Delay (FI), Richard Chartier (US), Yann Novak (US), AGF/Antye Greie (DE), France Jobin (CA), Giuseppe Ielasi (IT), Dadub (DE), Emiliano Romanelli (IT), Ennio Mazzon (IT), Franz Rosati (IT), Giustino Di Gregorio (IT), AIPS (IT), Davide Luciani (IT), XX+XY Visuals and others. He runs the Farmacia901 label and in 2014 he co-launched Mote, a mixed media design studio based in Berlin creating contemporary design solutions for culture and commerce. //francejobin.com

xx+xy visuals (IT) are Rome based multimedia duo of Sladzana Bogeska and Giuseppe Pradella. Collaborate and perform together since 2006. Together they research reversible processes of digital media through synaesthetic audio video experience, cinematic performance and related forms of media arts, and have presented their audio video projects at festivals as Störung Barcelona, Mirage Lyon, Digital Life Rome, Flussi Avellino, Visionsonic Paris, REC Tarragona, Dokfest Kassel, MIT Auditorium PM Rome, Interpenetration Festival Graz and many other events internationally. Collaborations on sound visualization include sound artist artist as Murcof, through 2008/07 xx+xy developed the visual concepts for album Cosmos [Leaf Label], and performed at festivals as: Mutek Montreal, Dissonanze Roma, Play Festival Madrid, Shift Electronic Arts Festival Basel, Seconde Nature Avignone, NatFilmFest Copenhagen, Evolution Leeds, Corsica Studios Londra, Territorios Festival Sevilla, Urban Explorers Dordrecht. //xxxyvisuals.com

Mattia Casalegno (US) is a Los Angeles based artist exploring issues of perception, intimacy and audiovisual improvisation. He often collaborates with designers, scientists, neurologists and musicians to produce works spanning architectural video-installations, multi-sensorial interfaces, live media performances and kinetic sculptures. His aesthetics are driven by the research in the relationships between the fields of information (in-forms, to give form), biology (bio-logos, discourse on living) and ecology (in the Batesonian term), pointing on the centrality of code as tools and metaphor of his poetic. His works and performances have been showed internationally in institutions and venues such as MediaFacade Festival Europe, MACRO Contemporary Art Museum and Roma Auditorium in Italy, Mutek in Montreal, iMAL and Cimatics in Brussels, Optronica Festival in London, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, LACMA and LACDA in Los Angeles. He is represented by the Belgian Cimatics Agency, writes regularly about new media and art on the online magazine Digicult.it and instructed classes at UCLA and Art Center College of Design, CA. //mattiacasalegno.net

James Elaine (US/CN) formally trained as a painter and later began experimenting with video. While he has worked as an artist for more than three decades, he is equally celebrated as a visionary curator who has discovered and championed many of the greatest artists of our times when they were just emerging. He worked as a curator at the Drawing Center in New York and later at the Hammer Museum at the University of Los Angeles before relocating to China. Most recently, Elaine curated the exhibition Unfinished Country: New Video from China at the CAMH (2012). He now lives and works in Beijing, China.

Eric Parren (US) is an interdisciplinary artist operating out of Los Angeles. His work lives at the intersection of art, science, and technology and investigates transdisciplinary topics such as augmented reality, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence while being strongly rooted in the histories of experimental film, composition, and live performance. The works are often deeply sensory experiences dealing with modes of perception, synesthesia, and the physics of light and sound. Eric is a member of the art collective Macular and the founder and co-host of La Force Sauvage Radio. Eric studied at the Interfaculty ArtScience of the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he received his BFA in 2009. He went on to study at the Design Media Arts department of the University of California Los Angeles, where he was awarded his MFA in 2012. He has been exhibiting internationally since 2008. //ericparren.net

Theun Karelse (NL) is the main engineer of Sphæræ and a member of FoAM, a post-disciplinary research platform based in various cities in Europe and beyond. Theun conducts field experiments investigating the aesthetics of cutting edge topics in ecology, archaeology and landscapes, is founder of Boskoi a smartphone platform for navigating the edible landscape, which was awarded an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2011. He is founder and curator at MidWest research station, an outdoor laboratory for agriculture, horticulture and restoration ecology in an urban context. His current research includes augmented ecology an emerging branch of the anthropocene where digital and natural systems intertwine. //theunkarelse.net

Cocky Eek (NL) is the founder and designer of Sphæræ. Shestudied Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts 1989-1993 and graduated with a final collection ‘Fashion is So Ugly You Have to Change it Every Half Year’ [MA]. Her wearable collections are amongst presented at Le Salon des Jeunes Stylistes – Hyeres and Moda Mas – Amsterdam. Since 2001, Cocky Eek is an active member of FoAM (Bruxelles) where in close relation with scientists, technicians and media designers she did the spatial designs for responsive environments as: Tgarden presented at V2 -Rotterdam and Ars Electronica Festival – Linz 2001, TxOom shown in Greath Yarmouth – UK 2002, and TRG presented at Maribor- Slovenia 2005. Since the millennium her work has been mainly revolving around lightweight spatial compositions and her favorite media are wind and air. This resulted in floating or flying experiments or large, voluminous pneumatic forms constructed to capture air. She creates environments that translate this material into a tangible experience of form and volume. In 2005 she co-founded FoAM (Amsterdam) whose main focus has been the topic of human-plant inter-relationships. Together with Schweigman& she deepened the qualities of air resulting in the concept and spatial-design of theatrical-art productions; Frame (presented in Shanghai, CN, 2012) and Blaas touring in the EU. Besides her artistic practice she is a staff member and heading the Tactile Research Lab at the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire and Arts Academy in The Hague, NL. //cockyeek.com

Jeff Cain (US) is the director of the Shed Research Institute. His work as been featured in the Getty Museum’s California Video exhibition, LACMA, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and many other southern California art spaces. His community radio project, RHZ Radio was a finalist for the 2005 Prix Ars Electronica in Digital Communities. His work has been displayed internationally in the Busan Biannual, Havana Biannual, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Kyiv, Ukraine. He has a BA from Whittier College, and a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He is currently faculty in the USC Roski School of Fine Arts and at California State University Fullerton, and has been faculty at California Institute of the Arts, Whittier College, and Southern California Institute of Architecture. //shedresearch.net

Ezekiel Honig (US) A New York City native, and founder/label manager for the Anticipate and Microcosm labels, Ezekiel Honig concentrates on his idiosyncratic brand of emotively warm electronic-acoustic music. Using the loop as more of a tool than a rule, Honig paints outside the lines, nestling into a comfortable, shared space between muted techno, melodic, event-driven ambient, textural downtempo, and slowmotion house – using them as reference points from which to stray, rather than as steadfast frameworks. Drawing on the rich history of musique concrete, Honig looks to incorporate a material nature into his music by imbuing it with a host of field recording/found-sound sources in the search for a balance between digital software innovation and the physicality of the world around us. Using the sounds of plastic, metal, wood, and air in collaboration with Rhodes, guitar, horns, piano, and other instrumental origins, his music is one of contrast and contradiction, combining minimal, abstract tendencies with a core of timeless harmonics – pairing inviting, fuzzy chords with clunky and dirty “mishaps.” After more than a decade of releasing music, Honig completed his first book, Bumping Into a Chair While Humming: Sounds of the Everyday, Listening, and the Potential of the Personal, an exploration of the sonic potential in everyday objects, spaces, and interactions. With a focus on the benefits of a strong listening practice and searching for a personal soundscape Honig took steps towards formalizing and concretizing methods he has exercised instinctually in his own sound productions. Honig’s striving for a deeper meaning in the union of audio and visual consistently brings him into new territory, whether it is sound design for a film, producing limited edition handmade packages for music releases, or creating other means of viewing sound in relation to a physical object. //ezekielhonig.com/

Mike Harding (US) is a curator & producer, a lecturer & publisher, and an author & editor who has had occasional exhibitions, installations and performances around the world. He has been running the audio-visual label Touch for over 30 years and in this period has acquired much experience and information on disseminating cultural sounds to a wider audience. Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent company of its time. //mscharding.net/ //touch33.net/

Julie Tolentino (US) Tolentino’s practice explores the private/public exploration of movement, sound, text, duration performance and improvisation with radicals such as the artists invited to S+C, Meg Stuart, Lovett/Codagnone, Kelly & Gerrard, Ron Athey, Diamanda Galas, Vaginal Creme Davis, Aaron Bradford Turner, Faith Collocia, Robert Crouch, David Rousseve, Catherine Opie, CANDIDATE and many others. She is co-editor of TDR Journal and has been presented by Commonwealth and Council, New Museum, Participant Inc, The Kitchen, Performa 2005, and 2013, House of World Cultures Berlin, NYU Abu Dhabi, High Desert Test Sites, Theaterworks Singapore, UCLA WAC and Performance Studies, NYU Women & Performance, PSi Stanford, Walker Arts Center, amongst many others. She offers artist workshops and aquatic/land bodywork modalities and hosts the FERAL HOUSE*STUDIO residence in the Mohave Desert. //julietolentino.com

Bruno Louchouarn (US) Composer Bruno Louchouarn’s practice bridges new music, sound design and art installation; and is informed by his academic research in the cognitive aspects of music. Louchouarn’s immersive works have been presented at the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Festival and Liverpool Biennale, Santa Monica’s GLOW Festival and Transatlantyk Music and Film Festival in Poland, as well as previous AxS Festivals. Premieres of his new music have been performed at The Colburn School, Royce Hall, REDCAT, Getty Center and Villa as well as Juilliard, University of Southern California, University of Akron, Chapman School of Music, Occidental College. //brunolouchouarn.com

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