Cimatics Masterclass Live A/V, Brussels (2007/2008)
We formed a group of four artists collaborating on a common interest in exploring interaction of the body with live video-projection and live (generated) sound. This group consists of Ambra Pittoni (Choreographer, Italy/Berlin), Charlotta Ruth (choreographer, Sweden), Filip Sterckx (Animator, BE) and myself. The results of our research are reflected in a proposal for a live dance performance. This performance will be performed on different occasions later this year.
The different elements of our research during the workshops could be synthesized in the concept of the Digital Facial Image (as described in ‘New Philosopy for New Media’ by Mark B. Hansen, 2006) that acts as an interface between the domain of digital information and the embodied human experience. Affect as a medium, in other words.
In his book, Hansen proposes the encounter with a digital image of the face as a new paradigm for the human interface with digital data. With the DFI, he reconceptualizes the notion of the (human-computer) interface itself: by bypassing investment in more effective technical ‘solutions’, it invests in the body’s capacity to supplement technology — the potential it holds for ‘collaborating’ with the information presented by the interface.
Inspired by these ideas, we did several experiments with projection and motion tracking. By projecting (recorded as well as live) human facial images back onto the body of a performer, we tried to link ‘flesh’ (the ‘warm’, human and tactile world of the human body in performance) with technology (what in this sense could be described as the ‘cold’, resistant, screenbased world of digital media). By twisting the appearance of a human body through projection, playing with similarities and differences between human faces (and essentially playing with the affection one almost automatically has with an image of a face), we tried through different experiments to create an experience of meeting a multifaced person and increased ambiguity and ‘play’ with that in an artistic context (See Documentation below)
At this moment, we are in the process of preparing our first public perfomance, scheduled in july 2008 at the Body Navigation Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia (If all goes well, more on that later).
Program & Timeline of the Cimatics Masterclass
- Workshop 1: Image
19 till 23 November 2007; Beursschouwburg, Brussels
Session 1: “Visual instruments: Coding for visual performance” by Marius Watz
Session 2: “Handmade Cinema“by Floris Vanhoof
Session 3: “Electric Synaesthetic“by Billy Roisz
- Workshop 2: Sound
02 till 06 January 2008; Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Brussels
Session 1: “A+V ≠ AudioVisual or How to compose and perform ‘one’ instead of two?” by Boris Debackere
Session 2: “Dynamiek en interactie in live A/V performances” by Eavesdropper+ Collaborative project proposal: Participants apply for a working-budget of max. 1000 € each. deadline: Febuary 1st 2008
- Workshop 3: Interaction
18 till 22 Febuary 2008; iMal, Brussels
Session 1: “Theories and Practices of Interaction in Physical and Virtual Space” by VJ Theory
Session 2: “Logic doubles Logic” by Jerry Galle
- Workshop 4: Space
April 28 till May 2, 2008; MediaRuimte, Brussels
Session 1: “MetaDeSIGN“by LAb[au]
Session 2: “Counternarratives: An Avant-Pop Remix” by Mark Amerika