Speaking of hybrid forms: Shen Shaomin (whose Chinese website seems to have disappeared) has fabricated his own “natural” world of rather unnatural creatures which tug at our desire to see them as actual wondrous remnants of the past. Their mock prehistoric presentation using actual ossified bones and bone meal is at odds with what looks like an evolution that should never have happened – one that actually never did happen. It brings us around again to genetic modifications.
Joe Diebes‘ short film, Scherzo, was awarded Honorary Mention in the Digital Musics and Sound Art category this year. The installation version is presented as an open duration work using a computer algorithm that grabs various energetically played cello excerpts (performed by Rubin Kodheli) taken from 10 different camera angles and outputs them in an exhilarating (or manic if you choose)
stream of visual fast cut editing.
On my second day in Linz this year, I saw a guy near the Hauptplatz who looked like he was trying to train his dog to sit down – having one hand near the scruff of it’s neck and the other on it’s butt, it looked like the really big white dog was being a bit disobedient. Then I looked closer and it turned out that the “dog” was a full size replica that was some kind of animatronic that someone was working with – not showing it off like it was a performance, but, rather it seemed like it was a personal project that this guy was trying to perfect. Only later did I learn that it was part of a much larger project called Flut (Flood) – a quasi-recreation of the myth of the “Great Flood.” As the week progressed, you could see the animals careen through the streets in greater numbers culminating in a large dramatic finale at the banks of the Danube accompanied by video projections, fireworks, and live music.
I want one of these machines – or at least online access. I spent lots of time with this – thinking of the creative possibilities while taking too many photos. My excogitating mind working overtime… Julius von Bismarck & Benjamin Maus have created the Perpetual Storytelling Machine that creates a narrative through access to and the use of nearly 8 million patent drawings coupled with an archive of over 22 million references. It appears to be capable of mechanically free-associating – creating a form of subtext by finding possible similarities between arbitrary patents thereby producing contextural information in which a lateral thinking person can use for creative ideas.
Digital fabrication using 3D printers is an additive manufacturing method that is generally cheaper than the molding and/or tooling process. It allows for highly customized greener end-products that can be produced on-demand. In the Fablab, there are interactive pen tablets where a physible can be created by anyone, then linked by digital interface to a 3D printer.
David Haines & Joyce Hinterding‘s EarthStar emphasizes the sun’s elemental and mythic qualities. Spectacular footage of the solar chromo-sphere merges with virtual aroma compositions that smell ozonic. Building a bridge between these two elements, the radio bursts emitted by the sun provide a real-time soundtrack. Based on scientific facts, this exploration of electromagnetic and vibrational energy of the sun offers an intense, poetically charged experience for all of the senses.
Like a monk in a scriptorium, an industrial robot draws calligraphic lines with high precision on rolls of paper that, after 7 months, will yield a completely transcribed bible. This installation emphasizes scripture as the elementary function for two cultural systems of religion and science.
• The Media Vehicle, from Hiroo Iwata, is a bulbous-shaped mode of transport
that allows the user to travel in real or virtual spaces with the help of
a wide-angle external camera feeding visuals to the inside of the capsule.
There can be a sense of displacement that may cause some to become queasy
if the outside motion of the camera is too jerky,
but the intention is to present more realistic imagery taken from differing angles.
For example, the camera can be mounted on the underside of the vehicle
and as the vehicle moves forward, you get the feeling
of being like a small animal traveling close to the ground.
• “Morpho Tower” series – toward a responsive and dynamic form of morphing art
Sachiko Kodama creates ferrofluid sculpture which becomes a dynamically fluid art form using an electromagnet with an iron core that is sculpted into a chosen shape. The ferrofluid covers the sculpted iron shape with it’s movements being controlled by adjusting the power of the electromagnet. Sensors and/or computer input may be used as a controlling mechanism.
• I’m a bit reluctant to promote any kind of shooting or competitive game,
but this is an interesting all-around (eh, hem) concept nonetheless. Ryota Kuwakubo has created the LoopScape which does away with the flat “left-right” appearance
of game displays and presents a cylindrical readout
whereby the players move around in circular patterns.
In some ways, it will tone down the number of shots that you may take
trying to hit your opponent because the “bullet” can make it’s way around the circle
and hit you from behind if you happen to miss. This also gets game-players off their butts and moving,
because you have to keep moving in a circle in order to
follow your actions as well as what your competitor is doing.
• Two other Kuwakubo works that I’m a bit more partial to are both very silly. A Nicodama is an electronic eyeball equipped with an infrared transceiver and mechanic apparatus. You attach two of them to any object and suddenly you have a face with randomly blinking eyes.
Rod Stasick is a composer in the broad sense of the term. He is interested in the creation of event-systems for various situations. Template scores are often created using a combination of graphic signs and symbols that usually suggests a syncretism of styles and methods of performance. Using these methods, he produces works in diverse disciplines (audio, video, text, mail art, conceptualism, etc.) utilizing assorted influences: Eastern Philosophy, Fluxus, The Situationist International, Oulipo, Semiotics, Discrete Event-Systems, random numbers to revamp Zen planning and forms of Information Theory.
Sound & Image
His studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen (2001-2007) have renewed his interest in various aspects of compositional integration.
Extensive number of performances
of experimental works.
Archivist for the Jerry Hunt Estate
Eternally grateful to these folks who had, in person, taken the time to encourage me in my compositional work (chronologically listed):