vernissage: 21.10, 18.00
Galeria RING, Rynek 12
Videosyntezy 2022 Selection
1. “INVESTIGATIONS VII” – C I N E M A . A V (US)
2. Symmetries 7510 – C I N E M A . A V (US)
3. Sphere Degradation – JesterN-Alberto Nobello (IT)
4. Deformation Tests – JesterN-Alberto Novello (IT)
5. Improvisation on a Sphere – JesterN-Alberto Novello (IT)
6. Beyond the Fields – Toby Kaufmann-Buhler (US)
7. Straight Drippin’ – Toby Kaufmann-Buhler, Tyresta (US)
8. Luminiferous Aether – Stephanie Castonguay (CA)
9. Four-Minute Romp Through Alfred’s Sandin Image Processor – Monica Panzarino (US)
10. Labours of the Month – Gilbert Sinnott (DE)
11. prism rain – Andrei Jay (US)
12. Positivity 1 – Yati Durant (GB)
13. Positivity 2 – Yati Durant (GB)
14. Quiet Cities 8 – Yati Durant (GB)
15. OPTX.drips – Maxime Corbeil-Perron (CA)
16. Le Vent – Stella Particula (FR)
17. Stolen Identity – Kit Young (US)
18. Isolate – Kit Young (US)
19. Old Baby – Kit Young (US)
20. Crystallography – Shawna Lee (US)
21. Ghosts in the Machines – Shawna Lee (US)
22. Liminal Frequencies – Eric Lennartson (US)
23. zen_e – Zsolt Gyenes (HU)
24. Comprovisation – Zsolt Gyenes (HU)
25. Duo-Tone – Zsolt Gyenes (HU)
26. Novella – Zsolt Gyenes (HU)
27. Ruler – Zsolt Gyenes (HU)
28. The Room Presumed – Scott Kiernan (US)
29. Fields – Robert B. Lisek (PL/CZ)
30. Murmur – Mark Cetilia (US)
31. Totem – Alfonso Pretelt (CO)
32. Occult Chemistry – Alexander Hahn (US)
33. Debris fields (take 2) – Paloma Kop (US)
34. Cathode Ray Gunpoint – Jen Kutler (US)
35. Confessions on a Transmission Line – Senem Pirler & Monica Duncan (US)
36. Interferences 3.1 – Krzysztof Pawlik (PL)
37. Microbiome – Krzysztof Pawlik (PL)
38. Seashore – Krzysztof Pawlik (PL)
39. I’ve Never Been Able To Wedge My Smiles And My Panic Attacks – Sara Bonaventura (IT)
40. Isolation Portraits Triptych – Derek Holzer (SE)
41. New Light 2022 – Derek Holzer (SE)
42. Two Potted Plants In A World Without Nature – Veronica Graham (US)
43. Smile – Porcelain Crush (US)
44. Persistent Duplicity – Ocusonic (IE)
45. Hiding in Plain Sight – Ocusonic (IE)
46. Dream modeler – Loris Cericola (IT)
47. Realities – Loris Cericola (IT)
48. Memory simulator – Loris Cericola (IT)
49. Key of Chroma – Isorhythmics (US)
50. Cnidaria – Neil Ebbflo (US)
51. Copepod – Neil Ebbflo (US)
52. Sessile Pair – Neil Ebbflo (US)
53. Silurian Oriel – Neil Ebbflo (US)
54. Hunt the thimble – Michał Liberak & Wojciech Benicewicz (PL)
55. Untitled (water data and sensor-driven abstractions) – Sara Gevurtz & Thomas Asmuth (US)
56. Scale of a Two-tailed Pasha – NiemannsLand & Simon Fog-Petersen (DK)
57. Hive Mind – NiemannsLand & Simon Fog-Petersen (DK)
58. Reflection of the Pasha – NiemannsLand & Simon Fog-Petersen (DK)
The videosynthesis exhibition is a unique presentation of the work of artists using analogue and modular systems of video art making. It is also an attempt to show the contemporary trends and traditions behind this field of video art.
Sara Bonaventura (IT)
Sara Bonaventura (1982) is an Italian visual artist and educator. She works at the intersection between visual and media arts, lens based media and new media. As independent videographer she has been collaborating with performers and musicians, directing clips, ads, curating visuals. Her video works have been screened worldwide: at the NYC Anthology Film Archives, the San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival, at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Asolo Art Film Festival, at Studio 303 for the Montreal Nuit Blanche, the Miami New Media Festival, the Athens Digital Arts Festival, at Rome MACRO Museum, the Cinemateca do MAM in Rio for Dobra Festival, the MOMus in Thessaloniki for Videolands curated by Miden Festival, the itinerant Time is Love screening curated by Kisito Assangni, the Mexico City CODEC festival, Other Cinema at San Francisco ATA Gallery, the LA Echo Park Film Center, the Boston Cyber Arts Gallery and more. She won the Veneto Region Award at the 10th Lago Film Fest and a merit for the 2019 Sino per NIIO Illumination Art Prizes, with one of her works displayed in one of the world biggest public screens in Hong Kong; she has been selected for several residencies, i.e. in 2016 by Joan Jonas at Fundacion Botin (Santander, Spain). She was selected for the ISEA 2019, the International Symposium for Electronic Arts, in Gwangju, South Korea. She recently debuted with her first feature documentary, Forest Hymn for Little Girls, screened at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival among others.
Loris Cericola (IT)
Loris Cericola is an Italian visual artist and musician born in Turin in 1995. After studying painting, engraving and printing techniques at art school, he focused his works principally on analog video-art, experimenting with hardware-based video feedback, videotape recordings, VHS corruption and CRT monitors. He applied his classical painting background on electronic arts recreating abstract landscapes, but also videographic simulations of metaphysical phenomena with an hauntologic approach. He worked a lot with live VJing for events, video-installations for multiple televisions, music videoclips and video-stills exhibitions: he worked with artists and musicians such as Hainbach, Davide “Boosta” Dileo, Stefano Sasso, Demetrio Cecchitelli and more. He’s active in the Italian underground scene as both musician and visual artist, collaborating with other artists and labels.
C I N E M A . A V (US)
What began as a love of photography, cinema and found footage grew into something much greater when in 2015, Evan Henry was introduced to video circuit-bending and once-obsolete video electronics. Using these pieces in a live performance setting was always the goal, and from the get-go, Tachyons+ boxes, VCRs, and video mixers turned into buying a used standalone video synthesizer, building its expanders and just over a year later, the LZX line of DIY eurorack modules, for a cross-pollination of analog, digital, and oscillographic processes. From there, video art went from beyond a hobby, to a complete way of life. Reliant on live performance, he gigs relentlessly for both local and touring artists alike. In 2018, Henry joined Ghostly Intl.’s Steve Hauschildt on a tour through the East Coast and Canada. Though in 2019, became the resident visual artist for Proton Limited in Dallas, Texas. In 2021, Henry expanded his visions forward to Europe; Berlin in particular. These motions set the stage for a constantly evolving motion in the live visual dimension.His work extends itself to instant and 35 mm film renderings and has appeared in galleries and pop-up’s throughout North Texas and post-pandemic, into Europe and the United Kingdom. But when not playing live, or coordinating visuals for Dallas Ambient Music Nights, Henry occasionally writes for various publications or builds video electronics for fellow artists. The result is an infinitely growing body of work, that in the last few years has expanded itself into largely digital dimensions in Resolume Arena and Max/Msp.
Yati Durant (UK)
Yati Durant is a US born composer, sound artist, lecturer, trumpeter and conductor living in Edinburgh, UK. He holds a Meisterklasse Konzertexam from the Hochschule für Musik Köln and a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Edinburgh. He is a multi-instrumentalist and active performer and composer of contemporary classical, jazz and improvisatory music, electronic music and music for film and media. His compositions and film scores have received many prizes from international festivals, and he has received commissions and premieres from many well-known artists and ensembles from around the world. He directed the MSc Composition for Screen at the University of Edinburgh (2010–2019) and he has been General Director of the International Media Music and Sound Arts Network in Education (IMMSANE) since 2019.
Sara Gevurtz & Thomas Asmuth (US)
Sara Gevurtz is an Assistant Professor of Animation at Auburn University. Gevurtz graduated from the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State University where she received a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media Art. She received her bachelor’s degree in Evolution, Behavior and Ecology Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Due to her interdisciplinary background, her artistic research focuses on ecological and environmental issues. Gevurtz has been published and shown work internationally and nationally, for example at CICA Museum in Korea and the Museum of Copper and Ancient Crafts in Italy. She also works collaboratively to develop a project using a rig and camera, with the goal to create a series of photographs that are both data and art. This project has been presented at such places as ISEA2017 in Manizales, Columbia, Balance Unbalance 2017 in Plymouth UK, and ISEA2018 in Durban, South Africa.
Thomas Asmuth is an artist and an Associate Professor at the University of West Florida, where he teaches courses in digital and experimental media at the UWF Department of Art. Asmuth utilizes science and technology as methods and media to explore culture, aesthetics, social practices, and performance. Asmuth is an alumnus of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San José State (MFA 2009) and holds a BFA in Painting (2000) from the San Francisco Art Institute. Asmuth’s works and collaborations have been exhibited in the USA and internationally, including NetArtizen, Thompson Gallery (San José State University), SECAC2016, SECAC2013, Missouri State University Brick City Gallery, 319 Scholes, turbulence.org (sic), International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2011, ISEA2016, ISEA2017), the Laguna Art Museum, Zer01 Biennial (2006, 2008, & 2012), the Electronic Gallery at Salisbury University, Montalvo Arts Center, College of Wooster and the Francis Tang Teaching Museum.
Zsolt Gyenes (HU)
Zsolt Gyenes (1962) is a Hungarian intermedia artist and art theorist. His artistic practice is concerned with the process of translation and fusion between different forms of media, exploring the creative possibilities of what might be lost or gained through such interpretation and how to get new qualities of art. He has exhibited widely in various international media art festivals and exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and USA.
Derek Holzer (SE)
Derek Holzer (1972, USA) is an audiovisual artist, researcher, lecturer, and electronic instrument creator based in Stockholm. He has performed live, taught workshops and created scores of unique instruments and installations since 2002 across Europe, North and South America, and New Zealand. He is currently a PhD researcher in Media & Interaction Design at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, focusing on historically informed audiovisual synthesis.
Sean Russell Hallowell (isorhythmics) is a composer of audiovisual music from San Francisco. His time-based artworks synthesize hand-built experimental circuitry with the cosmological perspective of medieval music theory. Much of his art is inspired by compositional affordances of outmoded media technologies, like analog tape and cathode-ray tube televisions. Concert works and multimedia installations of his have been showcased at festivals and galleries across the USA as well as in Mexico, Chile, South Korea, Japan, Belgium, the UK, and Iceland.
Toby Kaufmann-Buhler (US)
Toby Kaufmann-Buhler (based in Lafayette, Indiana USA) explores history, memory, identity and sensory perception in relation to his family and himself, within individual lives and across broad sweeps of history and culture. This work takes form in video, film, found/composed sound, text, installation, performance and interactive media. In 2022 he had the solo exhibition Kingdom Loops 2002-2020 at Project DIVFUSE (London, England). In 2019 he mounted the solo exhibition The Name of the Machine from the Moon at Listen Hear (Indianapolis, Indiana) with a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. Kaufmann-Buhler was an artist in residence at MASS MoCA in 2021; he attended artist residencies at Signal Culture (Owego, New York) and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, Nebraska) in 2017. He is a Lecturer in time-based media and photography in the School of Design, Art and Performance at Purdue University. Kaufmann-Buhler has an MA from the Royal College of Art and a BA in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida.
Paloma Kop & Matthew Ryals (US)
Paloma Kop is a video and sound artist using feedback, electronic hardware, and hybrid media processes to produce compositions, installations, and performances. She deconstructs the boundaries between material space and electronic space, and is interested in the universalities between natural phenomena, computing, and chaos.
Matthew Ryals is a musician, sound designer, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Primarily working with a modular synthesizer, his music explores aleatoricism, cybernetics, and unfixed forms. Currently, his research investigates human-machine collaboration and the co-authorship of the resultant material.
Shawna Lee (US)
Shawna Lee is a Minneapolis video artist who creates live and recorded visuals using analog video synthesizers, modified electronic devices, various other video equipment and feedback techniques. As if peeking through a porthole into another dimension she navigates this space and controls waves of color and glowing geometric shapes with these tools. The end result is a hypnotic journey taken into uncharted territory. Shawna has participated in gallery shows, an installation at the Walker Art Center’s 2019 Avant Garden, made demonstration videos for LZX Industries, and collaborated with others at Vidicon, billed as the first experimental video art convention in the U.S.
Michał Liberak & Wojciech Benicewicz (PL)
Michał (Wojna) Liberak – electronic music and video production based on analogue instruments and glitch aesthetics. A humanoid in disguise. During the warm season, can be found near meadows and forests. In winter, it appears mainly in bunkers, vacant buildings and basements. Sleeps in an inflatable coffin at the edge of the cemetery. Likes to travel and execute sounds and images out of machines. Doesn’t use a computer. Supports the anti-fascist, teknopunk movement and sound system culture. Musically, it acts as Verbalizer and Pierdochrumszczarka. The video project is Hachiwari Television, created as an antidote to the content disseminated through this medium by state and corporate channels. Hachiwari television is a tool for personal liberation, deprogramming through the gnosis of imperfection, spontaneously emerging narrative, imaginary content available to everyone (and different for everyone at the same time) appearing on the screen of a TV set raging in feedback with the camera.
Wojciech Benicewicz is a composer, visual artist and producer. Since 1995, his video works have been shown at many festivals and shows such as The WRO Media Art Biennale, the Festival Audiovisual Forms Intermediale, Wroclaw Industrial Festival, LEM Festival, Festival Re:Independent Visions Art Invasion or Videoprzestrzenie BWA.
NiemannsLand & Simon Fog-Petersen (DK)
NiemannsLand is a creative collaboration between brothers Nicolai and Kristian Niemann-Nielsen. The two brothers have been working together or side by side for almost a decade sharing workspaces and studios. They focus on various visual works, e.g. analog video art, live visuals and installations. They have been involved in several collabs with bands, DJs, producers, organizers, clubs and venues. Their set-up mainly consists of modular video synthesizers, mixers, cameras, old monitors and other hardware such as glitch modules and video samplers. They are inspired by patterns, colors and shapes found in nature. They are fascinated by the scale of cosmos from micro cosmos to The Large-Scale Structure. Their aesthetic expression and image composition varies from full blown colorful deep psychedelic to dark and minimalistic video art.
Simon Fog-Petersen has been producing and DJing electronic music for the last decades. His main focus is knobs and wires and his modular system consists of both analog and digital modules. Simon’s music is often insidious and quirky, and the sounds are organic and mechanical at the same time. He has an open mind towards any genres and is always looking for new sources of inspirations. When not behind the knobs his one half of the creative team behind Nordular building Eurorack modules.
Paul O Donoghue a.k.a. Ocusonic is an Irish composer and audio visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. His practice is primarily focused on the visualisation of sound and to date has shown internationally, as both installation and single screen fixed media, at more than 300 separate events in festivals and galleries in 50 different countries. His current work is entirely audio visual and explores a disparate collection of methods and techniques for the creation of visual music. Underpinning all of these disciplines is Ocusonics, the real-time generation of synchronous audio and visual material.
Stella Particula (FR)
Stella Particula (latin for Star Dust) is an art video project, exploring the link between analog tools and digital tools. It’s a project that ponders the bridges between various eras and technologies and how the human intervene with it.
Senem Pirler & Monica Duncan (US)
Monica Duncan and Senem Pirler have been collaborating since 2017, creating audiovisual performances that investigate everyday objects, concepts of agency and queer potentiality. Their collaborative work has been shown in numerous festivals and venues such as Revolutions Per Minute, Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music, Transient Visions, Light Matter, and Athens International Film + Video Festival. They have been artists-in-residence at Signal Culture (Owego, NY), PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany), and Institute for Electronic Arts (Alfred, NY).
Gilbert Sinnott – Autr (DE)
I am an artist and designer working with video, electronics, installation and performance. I received a bursary to attend Brunel University UK, and graduated with a 1st Honours Bachelor of Sciences in Multimedia Design & Technology in 2010. My project into live audio-visual performance, Idiron AV, and was presented at New Designers 2010 show and awarded the Thomas Gerald Grey Trust award. Between 2010 – 2018 I worked freelance with interactive design agencies. This fed back into my work as an artist, where by prototyping and creating new interfaces, alongside hacking vintage video equipment, I was able to explore live visual music in new expressive, improvisational forms. Between 2015-2018 I created interactive films for Disobedient Objects exhibition and V&A museum, as well as projections for Banksy’s Walled-Off Hotel, music videos for Venetian Snares and Planet Mu Records. Since 2018 I have worked as a Creative Technologist in theatre and creative AI: combining computer-vision, and embedded systems for theatre and research for Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and REPLICA Institute. My personal video works and installations have been shown at Lunchmeat Festival (Narodnie Galerie Praha), Detroit-Berlin One Circle (HAU Theatre) and KOSMICA (Moon-Mars Futures). While under the alias Autr I perform live and improvisational visual music with musical collaborators. Liberated Interfaces is the name of a studio I’m launching in 2022/23 as the culmination of research and development of new video synthesizers for live audio-visual performance. These tools aim to rethink certain graphics processing paradigms and exists as an alternate development of computer graphics, inspired by pre-digital originators such as Nam June Paik, the Experimental Television Center, the Vasulkas and Prometheus.
Stephanie Castonguay (CA)
After studying music and art and teaching herself how to use inductive sensors, solar panels, DIY amplification circuits and processing systems to broadcast sounds, Castonguay has coupled her academic background with her DIY ethos. Her work has been presented in Montreal and abroad: Festival International Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, Biennale Internationale d’Art Numérique, perte de signal, Eastern Bloc, Fondation Molinari, Centre Fokal (HT), STEIM (NL), Tsonami (CL). She has performed in various festivals such as Sight & Sound, PirateBlocRadio, Ibrida Pluri II, Printemps Numériques, Metarythmes, Instruments Make Play (NL), Code d’Acces, Tsonami Sound Art Festival (CL), Mutek, Espacio Fundación Telefónica (PE) and more recently at Lux Magna festival. Motivated by concepts of the commons and open practices, she’s lead hands-on sound workshops for artists, communities and families in Montréal, Tunis, Casablanca and beyond. She is a member of the artist center perte de signal.
Mark Cetilia (US)
Mark Cetilia is an interdisciplinary artist whose practices exist at the nexus of sound and image, analog and digital. Exploring the possibilities of generative systems in art, design, and sonic practice, Cetilia’s work is an exercise in carefully controlled chaos. Over the past two decades, he has worked to develop idiomatic performance systems utilizing custom hardware and software, manifesting in a rich tapestry of sound and image. Mark is a member of the electroacoustic ensemble Mem1, described by the Oxford University Press’ Grove Dictionary of American Music as “a complex cybernetic entity, comprised of two human artists plus their instruments” whose “evolving, custom-built systems are as important an aspect of the duo’s achievements as their ever-innovative sound.” He is also a member of the experimental media art group Redux, recipients of a Creative Capital grant in Emerging Fields for Callspace, a monumental sound installation that reverses the paradigm through which cellular telephony removes users from their surroundings by networking site-specific sounds to a central listening environment. Cetilia’s work has been screened / installed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), O’ (Milan), the Ben-Ari Museum of Contemporary Art (Bat Yam), Oboro (Montréal), SoundWalk (Long Beach), and R.K. Projects (Providence). He has performed widely at venues including Café OTO (London), the Borealis Festival (Bergen), STEIM (Amsterdam), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Roulette (NYC), Goethe-Institut (Boston), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), Menza Pri Koritu (Ljubljana), Uganda (Jerusalem), the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Sound of Mu (Oslo) and Electronic Church (Berlin). His sound works have been published by MORE Records, YDLMIER, Lacryphagy, Interval Recordings, Radical Matters, Dragon’s Eye Recordings, Farmacia 901, Iynges, Anarchymoon, Quiet Design, and the Estuary Ltd. imprint, which he runs with his partner Laura Cetilia. He lives and works in Providence, RI, where he teaches classes on sound, visual art, and technology at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University.
Maxime Corbeil-Perron (CA)
Maxime Corbeil-Perron is a Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-based artist whose practice unfolds in a multiplicity of mediums: audiovisual performance, experimental cinema, electroacoustic composition, improvisation, sound art and installation. His current works present an approach related to media archaeology, in which he seeks to establish relationships between obsolete media and contemporary technologies, in search of new aesthetic possibilities. As a director, he received the best experimental animation award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2021), the prize for best experimental work at the RVQC (Canada, 2020) and the grand prize for best experimental work at Festival Tous Courts (France, 2020). His work has also been recognized with the prize in the Sound Mutations category at the Mute Film festival (Italy), special mentions from the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada, 2019), the Aguilar Short Film Festival (Spain, 2019) and VIDEOFORMES (France, 2020). As a composer, his work was awarded an honorific mention in digital music and sound art at Prix Ars Electronica (2021). His works were also highlighted and awarded the Italian Senate medal by the biennial composition competition Citta di Udine (IT, 2012, 2016). His work was also recognized by the Destellos Foundation (2nd prize, 2012), and the JTTP Jeu de Temps Time Plays competition (1st prize, 2011). He has received commissions from the Continuum Ensemble, the Ensemble SuperMusique, the Ensemble d’Oscillateurs, Productions Totem Contemporain and the Quatuor Bozzini. His work was featured in several international events such as L.E.V. (ES), INTONAL (SE), Dresden Filmfest (DE), Mutek (CA), Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA), FIMAV (CA), VIDEOEX (CH), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (CA), Set Fest (IR), VIDEOFORMES (FR), MUTE (IT), FIAV (MA), Galerie M (JP), Cairo Film Festival (EG), Seeing Sound (UK). His work was exhibited at Currents New Media (USA), Museo Reina-Sofia (ES) and FIMAV (CA), among others. He was artist-in-residence at EMS Stockholm (2018), Signal Culture (2017, 2019), the Société des Arts Technologiques (2019) and Vidéographe (2021). His works are distributed by Vidéographe (CA), Taukay Musicali (IT), Hardcore Jewellery (UK), La Bande Vidéo (CA), Kohlenstoff Records (CA), Ambiances Magnétiques (CA) and Mikroclimat (CA). They have also been broadcast by a variety of international media, including Radio ORF (AT) and Radio-Canada (CA). He has also been involved as a collaborator in many projects, including Mutations, Political Ritual, Siamois Synthesis, Le Pélican Noir, Achrome, ORA and Paysages Primitifs. He also released electronic music under many pseudonyms, including M.edium, DRESDEN and Le Poisson d’Argent. He is a member of perte de signal, Vidéographe, Main Film, the CEC and the CLC. He holds a doctorate in composition and sonic arts from the University of Montreal.
Neil Ebbflo (US)
Neil Ebbflo an analog video synthesis project created by Neil Jody. Neil’s live video synthesis has been featured at live music and gallery events, including physical solo installations of video and still. Neil currently is involved with several educational arts and STEM expos geared towards K-12 students as well as undergraduates. These installations focus on the connections between arts and mathematics with emphasis on using direct and camera feedback methods to exemplify iterated function systems, self similarity and dynamical systems in an arts application. Neil employs modular video synthesis as well as modular audio to create visual scenarios that inspire introspection into the sometimes unseen corners and boundaries of the viewers consciousness through the use of color and pattern. Neil Jody is a professor of mathematics and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation(LSAMP) in STEM Scholarship Coordinator at San Jacinto College North and Generation Park Campuses, Houston Texas.
The four pieces: Sessile Pair, Silurian Oriel, Cnidaria and Copepod were created over the months of May and June 2022 using analog modular synthesizer modules. The video and audio are created in real time with no post processing to emphasize the ephemeral nature of the medium. Inspired by the lifeforms of the coastal swamps and bayous in the subtropical zone near the shores of the Gulf of Mexico during the beginning of the season of hurricanes, thoughts of the flood dominate. Somehow a comfort is gained from the soft flowing movements of the feedback, the low hum of the drones and their playful interactions.
Veronica Graham & Julia Kim (US)
Veronica Graham is a visual artist working with digital media and print publishing. She practices poetic world building, creating artifacts and interactive experiences that call attention to the fictions we internalize in order to make sense of the world around us. In 2010 she founded Most Ancient, a design studio focused on experimental comics and exploration games. Her books have been collected by SFMoMA, MoMA, and The New York Public Library. Her virtual worlds have been presented at Kala Art Institute, Women’s Studio Workshop, San Francisco Art Book Fair, and Printed Matter (NYC). In addition to her own practice, Graham is an arts educator who currently teaches at Stanford University.
Julia Kim is a musician and sound designer based in New Jersey. She has performed as a multi-instrumentalist for bands such as Little Deadman and Album Leaf before working in the film industry in and around New York City. She performs experimental electronic music under the moniker F.R.A.N.K. and is a long time collaborator of Most Ancient.
Alexander Hahn (US)
Alexander Hahn (1954, Rapperswil, Switzerland) has worked in the electronic and digital media arts in Europe and America since the mid 1970s, integrating the time-based forms of video with practices of computer imagery and print, animation, virtual reality, installation, and writing. A graduate of the Zurich University of Arts with a degree in art education (1979), he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York (1981). He lives and works in Zürich and New York. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Hahn’s work has been exhibited in many solo exhibitions and group exhibitions and film festivals from New York to Zurich, Sydney to Berlin, Beijing to New Delhi. He’s had major retrospectives at the Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria, and the Padiglione d’Arte Moderna, Ferrara, Italy. In addition to reviews in ZKM Mediagramm, Art Papers, Radio WBAI, NY, Huffington Post, Il Manifesto, Basler Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Berliner Zeitung, Kunstbulletin and others, various monographs have been published, most notably Alexander Hahn – Works 1976-2007, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg/DE (2007) and Astral Memories of a Flying Man, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (2002). There are two documentaries about his work: 3 Approaches by Matthias Behrens (1994) and Words of Artists/Portraits of Artists by Catherine Gfeller (2012).
Andrei Jay (US)
Andrei Jay is a mathematician and video artist who is interested in promoting organic and communal modes of creative engagement as an alternative to the hyper-individualist commodification driven model which seems to dominate the mythological landscape of the modern art industry. They are an organizer and teacher at Phase Space, a Brooklyn based DIY video art collective.
Scott Kiernan (US)
Scott Kiernan is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York City. In his video, photo and installation works, electronically synthesized and photographic elements interact to address their own materiality and means of distribution. He is particularly interested in how meaning shifts through stages of translation via technology, speech and syntax. He was founder and co-director of Louis V E.S.P., an artist-run gallery and performance space in Brooklyn, NY (2010 – 2012) and now of E.S.P. TV (2011-present), a nomadic TV studio that explores the televisual as a medium for broadcast collaborations. This project also started UNIT 11, a transmission-based residency program operating from a former ENG van turned mobile electronic studio. Kiernan also directs Various/Artists, a project producing audio/visual releases by artists working across diverse media. He has exhibited and performed internationally in venues such as Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Swiss Institute/Contemporary Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Whitney Museum of American Art, PERFORMA, Harvard Art Museums, P.S.122, Anthology Film Archives, Mixed Greens, Ballroom Marfa, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Center for International Contemporary Art in Rome.
Jen Kutler (US)
Jen Kutler is a multidisciplinary artist and performer. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments and sculptures. Her performances feature many of her instruments incorporated with immersive field recordings to explore common and discrepant experiences of familiar social tones in immersive sound and media environments.
Eric Lennartson (US)
Eric Lennartson is an Oscilloscope Artist, Composer, and Improviser based in Los Angeles. His audio-visual work makes use of analog oscilloscopes, an old piece of electronic testing equipment. While performing, he sends the sounds from his computer directly to the scope and a set of speakers simultaneously. In doing so, sound and image create a feedback loop of meaning. Although sounds create the images, the images have a direct influence on the creation of the sounds. The resulting effect is non-objective imagery that interacts with dense noise, pulsating tones, and unstable beats. Through this interaction he explores the intersections between the analog and the digital, as well as the different perspectives and meaning inherent to the sound and image themselves. He has a Master’s in Performance and Composition from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor’s in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. His works have been presented at the Vector Hack Festival in Rijeka Croatia, Music For Your Inbox, and can also be seen as part of an installation at Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, in Las Vegas.
Robert B. Lisek (PL/CZ)
Robert B. Lisek is an artist, mathematician and composer who focuses on systems, networks and processes (computational, biological, social). He is involved in a number of projects focused on media art, creative storytelling and interactive art. Drawing upon post-conceptual art, software art and meta-media, his work intentionally defies categorization. Lisek is a pioneer of art based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Lisek is also a composer of contemporary music, author of many projects and scores on the intersection of spectral, stochastic, concret music, musica futurista and noise.
Alberto Novello – JesterN (IT)
Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN’s practice repurposes found or decontextualised analogue devices to investigate the connections between light and sound in the form of contemplative installations and performances. He repairs and modifies tools from our analogue past: oscilloscopes, early game consoles, analogue video mixers, and lasers. He is attracted to their intrinsic limitations and strong ‘personalities’: fluid beam movement, vivid colors, infinite resolution, absence of frame rate, and line aesthetics. By using these forgotten devices, he exposes the public to the aesthetic differences between the ubiquitous digital projections and the vibrance of analogue beams, engaging them to reflect on the sociopolitical impact of technology in a retrospective on technologisation: what ‘old’ means, and what value the ‘new’ really adds. His productions in form of performances, talks, papers and compositions have been presented at Centre Pompidou in Paris, Art Basel, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Ars Electronica in Linz, Amsterdam Dance Event, Venice Biennale, New York Computer Music Festival, Bozar Bruxelles, BOA Biennale Porto, Rewire Festival Den Haag, Glasgow Contemporary Art Center, Dom Moskow, Seoul International Music Festival, Rome University of Fine Arts, to mention a few. He has released records for Staalplat, Bowindo, Elli Records, Dobialabel, Setoladimaiale, Ante-Rasa and Creative Sources. He graduated in Nuclear Physics at the University of Trieste, completed the master Art Science Technologies with Jean Claude Risset, obtained a PhD degree at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven with Armin Kohlrausch, and graduated in Electronic Music at the Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory of Den Haag. He worked for Texas Instruments, Philips Research, and Auro Technologies creating software for their audio applications. He has assisted Alvin Lucier, David Behrman, Nicholas Collins and Trevor Wishart. He has improvised with Evan Parker, Butch Morris, Karl Berger. He was invited professor at Sussex University, MICA Baltimore, SAIC Chicago, Tallin University, Den Haag Conservatory, Turin Conservatory, IEM Graz, Champaign-Urbana University, CMMAS Mexico among others.
Monica Panzarino (US)
Monica Panzarino (1979, New York, NY) is a video artist and educator. Her video, performance, and installation works combine real-time image and sound processing with a feminist, and often humorous, critique of American popular culture. Panzarino received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2002. Her work has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally at venues including Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, Germany, WRO Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland, Winnipeg Underground Film Festival in Winnipeg, Canada, Vanity Projects in New York, NY, Phase Space in Brooklyn, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Athens International Film + Video Festival in Athens, OH. She has been an artist-in-residence at Outpost Artist Resources in Queens, NY, the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, Signal Culture in Owego, NY, and Institute for Electronic Arts in Alfred, NY. Her videos are distributed by Vtape in Toronto, Canada. Panzarino lives and works in Queens, NY.
Krzysztof Pawlik (PL)
Krzysztof Pawlik has been involved in audiovisual art since the early 1990s. He is the author of numerous works in the field of video art as well as installations and performances, which were presented at festivals and art-related events in Poland and abroad. He has likewise made many sound and visual realizations for the theatre scenes. He works in analog, digital and hybrid techniques, although recently he has been mainly interested in creating images and sounds using voltage controlled modular systems. He uses generators, oscillators, filters and other external tools and devices to produce and transform audio and video signals, treating the image and sound as equal elements of the work’s structure. In addition to modular audio and video synthesis, to create his work he also uses feedback and glitch, image and sound overdrive and other techniques that give shape to the sounds and resonance to the images.
Porcelain Crush (US)
Porcelain Crush is a ambient electronic music artist from Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Alfonso Pretelt (CO)
Alfonso Pretelt Bogotá/Colombia. Musician and interdisciplinary artist. Initially trained as an electroacoustic musician/composer and in cinematography. His interests in the multiple possibilities of sound and perceptual forms have led him on a transpersonal quest to materialize spirit and spiritualize consciousness. He has premiered works and video pieces in multiple festivals in Europe and Latin America, Filevideoart, MAMM museum of modern art in Medellín, Insonora Spain, Understand visual music – Brazil, Musikhögskolans Konsertserie Sweden, Manizales image festival among many more. He focuses on the body-interface search, combining gesture and phonetic sound in a syncretic racket turned to video and performance in “Ideofonía Ancestral” a project developed in Buenos Aires Argentina from 2011 to 2014. He promotes deep listening experiences and pedagogies. Director and Founder of the virtual magazine Ideofónica.
Kit Young (US)
Kit Young builds video systems that can be played in an improvisational way. He performs collaboratively with other media artists. Though his work utilizes new media technique, his practice is grounded in the experimental cinema traditions of perception, awareness, social justice, and humor. He uses art as a means of restructuring reality to facilitate change. Kit has exhibited and performed locally, nationally, and internationally, most recently at FU:BAR (Croatia), Elastic Arts (USA), and the 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival.