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transmediale.11 + CTM / VIDEO REVIEW
by Besegher
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Scritto da Besegher    luned́, 14 febbraio 2011 - Inserisci un commento

Transmediale and CTM took place from 1 to 6 february in Berlin.

Our video review covers some moments of the huge festival program.

Braun Tube Jazz Band

One day, a spectacular vision popped into Ei Wada’s mind. It was the image of abandoned electrical appliances being played as musical instruments in the streets of a city. Some time later, he accidentally plugged a sound cable into a composite video connector port and the sound was rendered as an image. Seeing this he realised that re-recording the image with a camera and outputting it as an audio signal might reproduce the original sound. With this technique as a starting point, he set up pairings of tube televisions and PC-controlled video decks to correspond with the number of notes in a musical scale, creating a set of gamelan-like percussion instruments. Tapping the TV tubes produces primitive, cosmic electrical music. Paik meets the Theremin; Shannon meets McLuhan

INJECT Herman Kolgen (ca)

A human body is injected in a cistern. Over the course of 45 minutes, the pressure of the liquid exerts upon him multiple neurosensorial  transformations. From his epidermal fiber to his nervous system, he  reacts to influxes of viscosity in this liquid chamber. His cortex, lacking oxygen, gradually loses all notions of the real. Like a human guinea pig: a matter-body whose psychological states are the object of  kinetic tableaux, of singular temporal spaces. The genesis of the principal visual material for this project was a shoot, in an immense cistern filled with water, which lasted six consecutive days. The performer had to be immersed for over eight hours a day in the glass tank, oscillating between weightlessness and lack of oxygen. With the aid of various digital video recording and photographic systems Herman Kolgen assembled many series of temporal sequences, images that he then  assembled into a flexible and modular body. It’s a matter of a narrative  progression, in perpetual circles of influence and movement, where the  real is in dislocation. INJECT is a modular performance in Video HD format and multichannel audio.

DONJON Cécile Babiole & Vincent Goudard (fr)
DONJON is an audiovisual concert performance in which the performers gleefully deconstruct a wide range of objects culled from popular culture, particularly audiovisual equipment: turntables, radios, computers, musical instruments, telephones, video cameras – but also cocktail blenders, battery chickens, and various other domestic and fantastic appliances of ages past and present. All the consumer goods are shown in 3D animation and projected onto a large screen at the back of the stage. The performance consists in making the objects malfunction, subjecting them to accidents, breakdowns, and audiovisual contortions. Thanks to very special interfaces reminiscent of the 1980s penny arcade aesthetic the two players interact with the 3D sound-emitting objects, manhandling them sometimes in intersecting, crisscross fashion, with the sound controlling certain visual parameters and vice versa. By rotating, flattening, dismembering and looping both, sound and image, the performers construct/deconstruct, generate and modulate a musical imaging game that evolves into a veritable audiovisual concert, which is then varied in each succeeding show.

SenSorSuit Eboman (nl)
Expect a mind-blowing audiovisual performance of Real Time Video Sampling  generated through Ebomans SenSorSuit. The SenSorSuit is part of an audiovisual sampling system, called SenS, which enables him to manipulate audiovisual samples in real time and to combine these in a virtual 3D environment. For his live performances Eboman builds up tracks with input of the audience; Real Time recorded videos are sampled and scratched, still unique in this world…


Semiconductor [UK]
Semiconductor is artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image, sound and multi-media installations they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it. Their work is part of several international public collections and has been exhibited internationally.
"Their RML module of 'Brilliant Noise' takes us into the data vaults of solar astronomy ... Most of the imagery has been collected as single snapshots containing additional information, by satellites orbiting the Earth … The soundtrack highlights the hidden forces at play upon the solar surface, by directly translating areas of intensity within the image brightness into layers of audio manipulation and radio frequencies."

Masako Tanaka [JP] & Markus Popp [DE]
Tokyo born Masako Tanaka is a panoramic pioneer of CineChamber's ten-channel format. The marvel, mystery and full measure of her spatial organisms flock and swarm the viewer. Tanaka also worked as the main video production head for the "Multiple Otomo" Project on the Asphodel label where she was the primary editor, assembler and visual composition coordinator/adjuster.
A computer musician since the early 90s performing under the name Oval, Popp was influential in so-called glitch with releases on Thrill Jockey and Mille Plateaux. Originally a three-piece, Oval disdained conventional electronic instruments – their early albums were composed through the creative abuse of compact disc players. Markus Popp returned with a new Oval album, O, in 2010.
"Markus Popp's sound nuggets which form the sonic underpinning for Masako Tanaka's video personifications stem from Markus's Oval Commers audio file archives from the early 2000s era … On the hard drive of his Powerbook, Popp had created an archive consisting of tens of thousands of tiny sound fragments which Tanaka dipped into a smaller portion of to re-compile from to utilize a longer reoccurring & evolving musical soundtrack."

Daniel Menche [US]
Daniel Menche is a musician/sound artist from Portland, Oregon who has worked primarily in the ‘somatic’ area of noise music, using natural sounds recorded from the human body and the open air, along with broken audio machinery. Known for creating towering plumes of densely droning layers, Menche sees himself as a sound sculptor working with the opposing forces of order and chaos. He has released music on labels such as Soleilmoon, Trente Oiseaux, Or Records, Alien8, Antifrost, Tesco Organisation, Blossoming Noise, f e r n s recordings and Beta-lactam Ring Records.

Cologne-based Egbert Mittelstädt's videos, photographs and installations have won him awards at the European Media Art Festival, the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel and a Digital New Art award. He has taught at the Technical University in Darmstadt since 2002. Mittlestädt has participated in many exhibitions and international festivals, where his work has won numerous awards.
"The mercurial widescreen sonic cinematic syntax of Biosphere & Egbert Mittelstädt has graced the CineChamber screens for many seasons now after their live milestone residencies in 2007. Their timeless program that remains is a signature memory capsule that introduces RML's surround canvas in the most spatially sublime sector of the Recombinant archives."

video review by Valentina Besegher
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