IRAQ WAR ENDS

On November 12 of last year there was a combination of elation and confusion spreading across the faces of those folks who picked up what they thought was that day’s New York Times.
Front page headline: IRAQ WAR ENDS
On closer inspection, you could see that it was dated July 4, 2009.

Steve Lambert, Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men, along with 30 writers, 50 advisors, and about
1000 volunteer distributors contributed to 14 pages of news for the hopeful that projected
an ideal world scenario almost 8 months in the future.

This project won the Award of Distinction in the Hybrid Art category.
Steve Lambert speaks on how the project came together.
Before you watch this, visit Steve‘s site – he’s a good guy.

(praise to The Yes Men)

Datum Attracts Antioxidant

Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai (as Alva Noto) were featured in two separate performances on the same stage at the Brucknerhaus. Nicolai’s unitxt (derivative version) was followed by Ikeda’s datamatics [ver. 2.0]. There were no recordings allowed, but three nights earlier during the Deep Space Nightline Art Cinema event – just a short walk away – inside the Ars Electronica Center you could be treated to Ikeda’s data.tron performance/installation.

 

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human nature

sound chaser and the prepared turntable

Two works by Yuri Suzuki:
Sound Chaser is a train-style record player.
Users connect the chipped pieces of records together to make new tracks.
The record bits are from cheap records bought at flea markets and used record shops.

vassalisez-ignifugeaient-inexpérience

 (thanks to ejectthis)

This Prepared Turntable has 5 individually controllable tone arms each with faders.

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(thanks to ejectthis)

100沢尻エリカ

For millenia, outward appearance has often been a choice of how one wants to be perceived.
For the past dozen or so years, it’s been double-duty for those increasing number of people who’ve chosen a virtual presence. Noriyuki Tanaka‘s deceptively simple 100 Erikas explores the connection between personality and appearance from the outside looking in where emotions and perceptions are built upon not only facial features, but the ideas of the other that resides in physical self-transformation, body manipulation, and social hierarchy. The artist could’ve taken this idea to extreme levels – having 100 pedestals with a push button nearby that could tap into a random sampling of hundred different voices matching the transformed features that we see in the photos – but these photos are there to engage us in a dialogue with ourselves about our prejudice or our impartiality to what we see expressed on their surface. An added element is the use of the 20-year-old Japanese media star Erika Sawajiri as the model – creating a much different mindset amongst Japanese viewers than would be created, say, in Austria where the photo below (of 50 Erikas) was taken.

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Room Bits Manœuvre

Lawrence Malstaf has created, with his Nemo Observatorium, a circular chamber of PVC and five fans in which a spectator can sit in the eye of a storm – a storm of swirling styrofoam beads that actually produces a calming, almost meditative, effect. Your ears listen to the swoosh and your eyes pick out patterns within the eddying mass of white. You’d think that the styrofoam would get all in your eyes and hair, but he has positioned the fans at just the proper angles and speed in order to avoid the chance of it blowing bits around randomly. You really are the lone observer untouched by the surrounding chaos.

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(thanks to Lawrence Malstaf)

A MERGING JAM

More Device Art…this time from So Kanno. He’s created a Turntable Sequencer, a Slit Movie Sequencer, and this very cool DJ device using multiple gears and modules called
Jamming Gear
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(thanks to So Kanno)

bones of contention

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.

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cello shots

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.

(thanks to Joe Diebes)

die Flut in Linz

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.

Babelish

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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.


  • Psychoacoustics
  • Generative Music
  • Composition
  • Sound Diffusion
  • Interactive Art
  • Installation
  • Sound Design
  • Radiophonic Art
  • Field Recording
  • Electroacoustics
  • Sound Art
  • Performance
  • 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


    Percussion studies:

  • Steve McCall
  • Dennis Charles
  • Charles Hammond
  • Gary Burton

  • Eternally grateful to these folks who had, in person, taken the time to encourage me in my compositional work (chronologically listed):

  • Alan Watts
  • John Cage
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Jerry Hunt
  • Alvin Lucier
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Merce Cunningham
  • Buckminster Fuller
  • Nam June Paik
  • Charlotte Moorman
  • Anthony Braxton
  • David Tudor
  • Earle Brown
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Ben Patterson
  • James Tenney
  • Christian Wolff
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen
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