These days AV artists are hiding out all over the place, this time curiosity didn’t kill the cat, as I stumbled upon the work of Cinema.AV on Instagram. it’s amazing where a hashtag can take you… #videosynth. I was keen to find out how someone so visually analog ends up that way, and how they manage in an ever expanding digital world (at the time of writing more so than ever).
1.Tell us about your first ever live gig? When was it and how did it go?
For years, I used to play a kind of ambient, soundscape style of music, and for live performance, I would put whatever found vhs tape behind me for visuals. Often without a screen. It often just turned into lighting for my performance, instead of clearcut visuals.
Fast-forward to a couple years later, in summer 2015, where I started buying jvc video mixers, archer and vidicraft boxes. It was here where I took it upon myself to do visuals for a show I had booked. Sadly, I didn’t realize, the projector couldn’t handle the distorted signals I was throwing at it. Luckily though, someone at the last moment, let me borrow theirs. It was total godsend. The result was this hyper-distorted cross between national geographic videotapes. It worked for the more abstract, psychedelia I had booked for the evening,
Later down the line, I found the need for time base correctors in live performance, and mixers equipped with such. To evenly blend, rather an abruptly with one of those RCA Y splitter cables turned on end. Which is actually the same as the classic Klomp dirty mixer. It was all stuff I got for free, or nearly no money. Never top of the line. Always the most difficult, least practical solutions. But the result was always unique to the moment, to the performance; endlessly fleeting.
2.We discovered your work on Instagram. How do you usually connect with the AV community online? Does social media play a big role for you?
Strangely, yeah. I hardly ever go out locally, unless of course I’m playing a show. So beyond that setting, you’ll never find me in the wild. Even before this quarantine action, I was a total homebody. Staying in whenever possible to work on art and infinitely explore the machines. So having access to social media platforms is actually key to the whole system. I can actively gauge what pieces people actually like, what ideas stick and in turn, get shared with a larger audience.
Its those posts that snowball into bigger and better gigs. As the recognition on a global scale is significantly more gratifying than just the local efforts I receive so often. In fact, for the better part of 2019, I was very busy with live video work. Having nearly no time off, I accepted this as a lifestyle, rather than just hobby. And in the social media zone, I’ve been able to publicly beta-test things like the Erogenous Tones Structure module, Phil Baljeu’s custom vector graphics system and as of late Andrei Jay’s latest raspberry pi video synth and feedback algorithms as hardware devices. The curiosity the results generated have in turn, sold modules and made the manufactures money to sustain their efforts.
…having access to social media platforms is actually key to the whole system. I can actively gauge what pieces people actually like, what ideas stick and in turn, get shared with a larger audience.
To be fair though, I’m not sure how much of this actually real. If it’s all made up, or the reactions are fabricated. It’s a fine silver-lining we’re all walking along. One day, a post could generate hundreds of interactions, while the next day, nothing. I think alot of that could actually be the option for folks to drift between realities, between the physical and the cyberspace. It’s in this cyberspace, that I do often connect with other artists, say for example my bud Konopka and has online video painting series. To watch him create something entirely from scratch, in real time, thousands of miles away is a true head-spin if you think about it. But not even 5 years ago would have been possible.
3. It’s fascinating to how analog and digital worlds inspire AV artists. What’s your take on the two and how do you find working with analog systems for live visuals?
Truly. When I first got started, it was all analog, all found devices. Though in time, I’ve found the whole LZX modular zone, which started analog and now has drifted into this wild digital hardware dimension that has opened up all kinds doors. The obvious attraction to the large analog modular is the physicality and pure intuitive nature of the whole thing. As in a live setting, there is nothing more fun and unpredictable than a hand-wired mess of cables and devices to create this ever-fleeting dialogue, never again to be replicated. For ambient, for house, for techno and literally everything in between, there’s this infinite body that just works, and often never crashes or fails.
If anything, it’s always the digital component that freezes or fails first. I’ve done shows with computer artists that for some reason or another, who just can’t make it work that particular night.
If anything, it’s always the digital component that freezes or fails first. I’ve done shows with computer artists that for some reason or another, who just can’t make it work that particular night. So just step in and end up taking over the evening with my system. However, I’ve had my fair share of venues tell me their systems are HDMI only. So learned to convert the analog composite outputs of the modular to the HDMI with aid of things like Ambery converters and scalers, Extron scalers, and even the silly Blackmagic shuttle, that has it’s own share of issues. It wasn’t until last summer that I realized the Roland V4-EX had a very effective means of conversion and scaling to HDMI, VGA, and back down again. The result was a total game-changer. So I sold my other mixers, and devices to scale up to HDMI and hadn’t looked back. This meant I could seamlessly work with digital projection systems and streaming processes. And from the get-go, it’s been used in every performance effort since. It’s even let me collaborate with both digital and analog artists alike. To fade and key between all manner of artists and ideas.
So little things like that make the whole system go, which leads me into the question…
4.What’s your basic setup when do performance live AV shows? (If you have one)
I am constantly pushing myself as an artist. So every year or so, I’ll experience this major creative shift around winter time, when my job at the photo lab temporarily shutters for winter break on campus. It is is then where I have about a month to chill and regroup my mind. This generally means some new gear enters the studio, and in turn the dirty warehouses they get thrown into for live work.
In 2019, I saw my modular system grow from a single 6U, two row case that could fly on any airline, to a larger 12U, four row system, that for the majority, made it’s way into every gig. In tandem with the V4-EX, the two were all I needed to do 8-10 hours of a rave whatever else I was getting booked for. However, the few time I flew out for one-offs, I brought it back down to 6U. Which was a lot of fun and lent itself to collaboration with other artists. It was in this time though, away from gigs and rather chill moments at the lab, where I began to experiment with the virtual dimension of VSynth, the Max/Msp visual extension. The result was very reminiscent of my larger modular system. Though at the time, my computer could only handle small patches. Anything big would see my computer begin to overheat and grind to a halt.
This got me looking at computers, seriously. As a video generation and manipulation tool, much in the same way the dedicated hardware was, but a larger, more sophisticated, and recallable level. It was months of research and a very generous donation within the family that lead me onto a gaming-oriented laptop, complete with a dedicated graphics card, that in it’s day was considered high-spec, and miles beyond my aging macbook. From the moment I lifted open the box and got it booted, I went straight into complex Max patches and dense 3D structures with the aid of Resolume Arena. When I realized I could save, and recall every motion, I started plotting how to gig with it. To layer to pieces together and to treat Resolume as a video sampler of my analog devices. What began to happen was a meshing of dimensions. No longer was one any better than the other. They were one of the same. It was with this entry that live performance physically became less stressful and far more manageable. No longer did have to carry this unwieldy modular system on a train or a bus. I could now discreetly carry the common laptop computer, just as everyone else.
Setting up and breaking down, with the projector, is a two cable, two power supply motion. So quick and so light. With the aid of a midi controller, all the tactility remains, and nothing changes. The digital results do look incredible though. I cannot deny that. No matter what I have though, I make the best of all of it. For touring, in 2020, my setup is just that. I did some dates with Steve Hauschildt and Telefon Tel Aviv across Texas and the process was so smooth. Same for the brief efforts with LLORA and BATHHOUSE, just weeks ago. So much less to think about, all with the same manipulations and motions.
5. What would be your dream AV gig?
Currently speaking, the dream is still to tour, to travel and do large scale art installations with my video work. I had things lined up, but those have all fallen in favor of the current pandemic. But that’s honestly not going to hold anyone for long. These things will all still happen, just not soon as I had anticipated. I was truthfully hoping to break into the festival dimension; Mutek, Movement, Sonar, Aurora, as from a live scale, that feels like the next big move, amidst touring through the theaters and dedicated art spaces. I’ve had tastes of all those, but like anyone serious about their craft, I want to further and really make a name for myself, as truly, I don’t know what else to do.
Find out more about Cinema.AV on his artist page
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Evan Henry, from Dallas, Texas, is a truly multidisciplinary AV artist, who primarily works visually under the artistic name Cinema AV, but who is also known to write ambient music scores with both analog and digital synthesizers. His work embraces both analog and digital set ups, with his main interest visually representing sound.
What began as a love of photography, cinema and found footage grew into something much greater when in 2015, Evan was introduced to video circuit-bending and once-obsolete video electronics. Using these pieces in a live performance setting was always his goal, and from the get-go, tachyons boxes, vcrs, and video mixers turned into buying used Gieskes 3trinsrgb+1c standalone video synthesizer, building its expanders and just over a year later, the LZX cadet and castle line of DIY eurorack modules.
From there, video art went from beyond a hobby, to a complete way of life. Reliant on live performance, he plays at gigs relentlessly for both local, and touring artists alike. In 2018, he joined Ghostly Intl.’s Steve Hauschildt on a tour through the East Coast and Canada. He became the resident visual artist for Proton Limited in Dallas, Texas in 2019. These motions set the stage for a constantly evolving motion in the live visual dimension.
Cinema AV’s work extends itself to instant and 35mm film renderings and has appeared in galleries and pop-up’s throughout North Texas. But when not playing live, or coordinating visuals for Dallas Ambient Music Nights, Evan is occasionally writing or building a set of modules 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.
Nous avions déjà eu l’occasion de vous présenter les travaux de Gaëlle Seguillon, concept artist qui a eu l’occasion de travailler sur plusieurs grosses productions ces dernières années (Ready Player One, Jurassic World, Aladdin…). Elle vient d’être interviewée par DigitalPainting.School en vidéo :
L’occasion de vous inviter à (re)découvrir ses travaux :
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Born in the heart of the VJ boom in the 90s, after their own artistic experimentation, and Michael’s first ever (what we would call now) VJ gig in 1985, Michael Denton and Anna McCrickard formed Overlap in 1998. They are based in Hastings in the UK. Unlike some VJs, who purely focus on the visual side of the art form, Overlap are a an AV collaborative duo in the purest sense of the concept, who also produce minimalist music in parallel with their exploration of both moving and still image. They’ve also performed at many a festival, forming part of a collective of VJs represented by Microchunk.
Their work takes the form of live audiovisual performances, exhibitions, transitional paintings, installations, VJ sets and even prints, and takes on audiovisual culture from a fine art perspective, which makes their work both fascinating and unique in a wide variety of different contexts.
Overlap started VJ-ing and performing AV sets as regular guests of resident VJs Reality Check at Turnmill’s club (The Gallery, London Calling) in 1998, guesting with Reality Check at The Chemical Brothers’ headline set at Turnmill’s Millenium gig in London’s Docklands. The next decade saw Overlap’s visuals splashed across screens at major international festivals including Creamfields, Andalucia, Electric Picnic Ireland, Glastonbury’s Glade stage, Pete Tong’s Wonderland in Ibiza and Glastonbury’s Glade, as part of the Microchunk visuals boutique. They created visuals for for the Industrial Resolution installation at the first Manchester International Festival: performed live on the largest indoor screen in Europe, accompanying the world’s leading DJs including Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier, Layo, Pete Tong and Sasha. Overlap also played regular VJ slots at Razzmatazz (Loft), Barcelona and Pete Tong’s Wonderland, Eden, Ibiza (Deadmau5, Groove Armada). Overlap were commissioned by Microchunk to animate Damien Hirst artwork for Pete Tong’s Ushuaia at Le Grand Bazaar, Ibiza in 2013.
Overlap also work with the Noise of Art collective as resident VJ-s and moving image artists. Their fine art single screen video works have been screened at the ICA, BFI and Tate Modern. Recent projects include:- a celebration of 100 Years of Electronic Music at the National Portrait Gallery London; Forest Tree limited edition for Sedition Art; audiovisual “painting” installations for the National Trust’s Fenton House and Calke Abbey; opening the Arquiteturas Film Festival in Lisbon with their Places that Dance AV set; short films “Returning” and “Switch” awarded special mentions at the Avanca and EMAF film festivals; an audiovisual performance in the British Ambassador’s Residence in Beijing. Recent art screenings/performances of their works have included Aquatint at Riders on the Mall/ROM, MUSZI, Budapest and Digital Graffiti, Florida, Forest Tree at STRP Biennale at Strijp S in Eindhoven and Cloud Edged at Light Fantastic, House of Nobleman, Frieze.
Perhaps one of the most poignant aspects of their audiovisual artwork is its accessibility and ability to be embraced and engaging in such an extensive mixture of spaces, including performances and installations everywhere from music festivals (Creamfields, Splice festival, Madatac, Fiber, Generate, Big Chill, STRP Biennale); and night clubs (Razzamatazz, Barcelona, Wonderland – Eden, Ibiza), to prestigious galleries (Tate Modern, Pompidou, National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum), as well as being featured in some important publications on VJ culture, such as Audio – Visual Art and VJ Culture (2006) They even remixed and VJed The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour film for its cinema première at the South Bank with Noise of Art at London’s BFI.
Their working process involves adding and removing layers, degrees of opportunism and systematised chance, creating generative combinations ranging from slow transitional paintings, to fast flowing AV performances.
Their most recent work includes Transitional Landscape, designed for exhibition and art installation, ‘Rooms’, which explores the relationship between indoors and outdoors, combining and fusing luscious wallpaper motifs with beautiful organic landscape scenes. It juxtaposes man-made life with that of the wonders of the natural world.
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Ready for a new mapping light show with my new original music written for the Church in Lievin playing this night to Sunday night !!!
Visual Artists : Susie-lou CHETCUTI, Patrick GRANDI, Jules HUVIG @juleshuvig/, Lucille JEANNIN, Loan LE HOANG, Simon LEBON, Hamza MRABET, Aurélien WOJTKO @_aurelien.w/
Music & Sound Design : Geraldine Kwik
Technique & Lights : Aurélien WOJTKO
Place : Église Saint-Amé - LIEVIN - FRANCE .
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Carlos Martorell is a sound and visual artist based in a small Catalan town called Torelló, near Girona. His work focuses on the symbiotic relationship between humans and technology. He uses his programming skills and knowledge of new technologies to explore the visual and audio through the creation of experimental music and live AV.
He creates sumptious virtual worlds through programming language such as Unity, as well as with 3D scans. It’s not uncommon to see him performing with non-traditional MIDI equipment, using apparatus such as gloves and hand-held technology, which as an adds a peculiar physical dimension to his live shows.
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We have been creating visual scenography for theatre, musicals and dance performances with love and passion for the last 15 years -
In our latest showreel you can see excerpts from most recent shows. Give it a look.
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Marta is a Creative Coder and Digital Artists from Galicia, based in Madrid.
Originally, she studied Fine Arts, and now she is specialised in new media arts and digital technologies applied to the performance arts. She also teaches at the Fab Academy, as an expert in digital fabrication.
Marta develops visuals, interactive and generative graphics, as well as dynamic/interactive content for lighting design, custom electronic devices and wearables, interactive installations for musicians, dance and theatre companies, artists, designers and arts institutions.
Her work is constructed through the use of custom built software and hardware specific to each visual set, allowing her to manipulate all the content in real time and to explore the limits of visual noise, repetition and the link between the organic and the electronic.
She works primarily in Spain and Portugal on a wide variety of projects, from theatre to festivals. Marta has also performed at festivals such as Primavera Sound, LEV Matadero, Sonic Arts Festival, MIRA and WOS Festival.
She also has taught about technology and interactivity at: IED Madrid, Ephemereal Architecture Masters Degree at ETSAM Madrid, Medialab-Prado, La Casa Encendida ,Fundación Telefónica, BAU, UOC, and has mentored Hackatons at Makers of Barcelona with Ciclo.io.
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Formed in 2012, The Colour Project is a UK based Motion Graphics and 3d Design studio specialising in video projection mapping.
We design shows and visual content for, events, launches and epic architectural mapping shows. We produce original graphics, animations and bespoke video content to tell compelling stories and amaze audiences.
We’ve created shows internationally and at home, from galleries to World Heritage sites. Our audiences range from hundreds to tens of thousands and we work with brands and cultural organisations to create spectacular live events and installations in public spaces.
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Toru Izumida is an audio & visual artist who graduated from the Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan in 2010, and currently lives and works in New York.
In his A/V live sets he uses multiple layered programmed visuals reacting to the live soundscape.
In 2019, he showcased his live A/V sets at //Dreamlands\\ presented by Testu Collective x Ideal Glass Studios. He is one of the organisers of 0 // 2019 Public Visuals, live A/V event in Brooklyn, NY.
MID is an interaction design and technology studio, specializing in engineering, interactive design, and new media. They work with museums, marketing and communication agencies, architects, public institutions, companies, entrepreneurs, musicians, and artists.
Their studio was founded in Barcelona in 2009. MID’s origins are found in the arts production centre Hangar, a meeting point for creative professionals, artists, programmers, and designers. This background, along with the experience acquired by the management team, allowed MID to become an established studio.
Psst.one es un canal online de entrevistas a visualistas que nació en 2017 de la mano del artista visual Andrea Familiari aka Fax, programador, visualista y diseñador de iluminación. Le conocí en Mira Festival Berlín 2018 después de realizarme una entrevista para su canal. Actualmente hay 41 entrevistas publicadas. La finalidad del proyecto Psst.one se basa en crear un archivo online para conocer la historia y el trabajo de Vj’s y visualistas. También es una fuente de inspiración a partir de otras realidades artísticas presentes en el mundo A/V. Psst.one quiere ser el lugar donde se muestran las «caras» del mundo visual.
Stanislav Glazov, Geso, Jem the Misfit, Lucas Gutierrez, Vj Fader, CyTone, A-li-ce, Malo, Kalma, Mxzehn, Van Ta, Richard Burns, Maotik, Javier Alvarez, Ahmet Said Kaplan, Stefan Kainbacher, Tarik Barri, VJyou & Mari Asada, Noah Norman, Optic Veil, Pierce Warnecke, Michael Tan, Sam Wiehl, Vj Entter, Volàtil Vj, Elburz Sorkhabi, Alessandra Leone, Greg Hermanovic, Hendrik Wendler, Sal Stapleton, Ari Dykier, Lasal, 404.zero, Fidel Eljuri, Alba G. Corral, Marta Verde, Multiscalar, Emile Barret y Marcel Weber i MFO.
– Nombre, estudios, actividad laboral.
Andrea Familari, también conocido como Fax, estudié Historia del Arte en la Universidad de Pisa, soy programador autodidacta, visualista y diseñador de iluminación.
– Lugar de nacimiento y lugar de residencia.
Nacido en Pisa, Italia, con sede en Berlín.
– ¿Vj actualmente? ¿Dónde?
No soy propiamente un Vj, creo imágenes en tiempo real para espectáculos A/V y videoclips para músicos (Oscar Mulero, Jk Flesh o Miss Red, entre otros).
– ¿Tienes otros proyectos?
Me divido en dos enfoques diferentes: con mi nombre Andrea Familari actualmente produzco contenido visual para proyecciones e instalaciones interactivas en el campo del «arte contemporáneo». Con el seudónimo FAX, colaboro con artistas en videoclips, shows A/V y producción de espectáculos y exposiciones. Actualmente estoy de gira con los shows de Marco Donnarumma como productor de iluminación y escenografía y estoy trabajando en mi nueva exposición.
– ¿Qué es psst.one?
Psst.one es un canal online centrado en entrevistas semanales sobre los artistas involucrados en todos los aspectos relacionados con el campo del audio/vídeo. Psst.one nació con la intención de contribuir a la creación de un legado relacionado con el campo del «visualista».
– ¿Cómo y cuándo empezó?
Pensé en ello en la primavera de 2017 y ese verano empecé a contactar a los primeros entrevistados, tomé mi Sony NexVg20 y comencé a grabar las primeras entrevistas en Berlín. El primer vídeo salió el 20 de octubre de 2017.
– ¿Por qué entrevistar solo a artistas visuales?
Personalmente, me gusta leer biografías de artistas y me encanta saber cómo evolucionaron su estética y cómo crearon sus obras, pero no hay nada sobre visualistas al respecto. Si quieres saber más acerca de un solo artista de nuestro campo es muy difícil y no hay suficiente material en mi opinión. También hacemos visuales y hay muy pocas entrevistas en video sobre visualistas. Por estas dos razones principales decidí crear este canal. Sinceramente, no pensé que aprendería tanto sobre otros procesos de trabajo ni que haría tantos amigos, todavía estoy convencido de que tomé la decisión correcta.
– ¿Cuántas entrevistas tienes?
Ahora, a fines de diciembre de 2018, publiqué 39 entrevistas, pronto saldrán las próximas.
– ¿Cuántas entrevistas al mes? ¿Hay una frecuencia?
Generalmente cuatro entrevistas al mes, una por semana básicamente.
– ¿Hay algo en común en todas tus entrevistas?
Lo único en común de todas las entrevistas es la primera pregunta, «¿Cómo empezaste con las imágenes?». Luego el resto de preguntas son diferentes. En nuestro campo tal vez exista un estilo común en algunos artistas (imágenes visuales, cine en vivo, glitch, analógico, etc.) pero hacemos las cosas de una manera diferente, me gusta destacar la singularidad de cada artista que entrevisto.
– ¿Cuál es el propósito del proyecto?
El propósito del proyecto Psst.one y su presencia en la web es crear un archivo digital que ofrezca la posibilidad de tener una historia y al mismo tiempo inspirarse en otras realidades artísticas presentes en el mundo A/V. Psst.one es el lugar donde se muestran las «caras» del mundo visual.
– Objetivos de futuro.
Con psst.one, me gustaría publicar 40 entrevistas esta temporada, estoy trabajando para ir a EE.UU y a Asia a grabar la mitad de la próxima temporada en esa parte del mundo y tal vez en los próximos años un documental, ya veremos.
Gracias por esta entrevista, un placer.
– Name, studies, work activity.
Andrea Familari aka Fax, History of Art at the University of Pisa, self-taught coder, visualist and light designer
– Place of birth and place of residence.
Born in Pisa, Italy, based in Berlin.
– Vj currently? Where?
Not proper a vj, I have my personal patches for a series of A/V Improvisation and I create realtime visuals for A/V shows and videoclips for musicians (Oscar Mulero, Jk Flesh, Miss Red, ecc)
– Do you have another projects?
I divide myself in two different approach: with my name Andrea Familari I currently produce prints,screening and interactive installation for the “contemporary art” field (http://www.famifax.com/fami). With the pseudonym FAX, I collaborated with artist for videoclips, A/V performances and production of show and exhibition. (http://www.famifax.com/fax)
Currently I’m touring with Marco Donnarumma’s shows as light design and stage producer and I’m working on my new exhibition.
– What is psst.one?
Psst.one is a web channel focused on weekly video interviews about the artists involved in all aspects related to the audio/video field. Psst.one was born with the intent to contribute to the creation of a legacy, related to the field of the ‘visualist’.
– How and when did it start?
I was thinking about it in the spring of 2017 and that summer I started to contact the first interviewees, I took my Sony NexVg20 and I started to record the first interviews in Berlin. The first episode was out the 20th October 2017.
– Who forms the team?
I’m the director and the main guy of the channel. Fara Peluso(http://www.moodif.net/site/) is the graphic designer and Luca Caciagli is the photographer of the events that we organise in Spektrum every two months.
– Why interview only visual artists?
Personally I like to read biography of artists and I love to know how they evolved their aesthetic and how they created their works, but there are nothing for visualist about it. If you want to know more about one single artist of our field is very difficult and there are not enough material in my opinion. Also we do visuals and there really few video interviews about visualist. For this two main reasons I decided to start this channel.
Honestly I didn’t think to learn so much about other process of work and make friendship, I’m still convinced that I made the right decision.
– How many interviews do you have?
Now, at the end of December 2018, I published 39 interviews, I already recorded more and I already plan the future interviews.
– How many interviews each month? Is there a frequency?
Usually four interviews every month, one per week basically.
– Is there anything in common in all your interviews?
The only one thing in common of all the interviews is the first question, “How did you start with visuals?”, then everyone is different. In our field there is maybe a common style (generative visuals, live cinema, glitch, analog one, ecc.) in some artists, but we do so much stuff in different way that is complicate to put out the common part. Also I like every time to underline the singularity of every single artist that I interview.
– What is the purpose of the project?
The purpose of Psst.one project and its presence on the web is to eventually create a digital archive giving the possibility to have a history and at the same time be inspired from the other artistic realities present into the A/V world.
Psst.one is the place where the ‘faces’ of the visual world are shown.
– Goals of the future
With psst.one, I would like to publish 40 interviews this season, I’m working to go in US and Asia to record half on the next season on that part of the world and maybe in the next years a documentary, we will see Thank you for this interview, a pleasure
Refik Anadol is a media artist and director born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1985. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a lecturer and visiting researcher in UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts.
He is working in the fields of site-specific public art with parametric data sculpture approach and live audio/visual performance with immersive installation approach, particularly his works explore the space among digital and physical entities by creating a hybrid relationship between architecture and media arts with machine intelligence.
He holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Media Arts, master of fine arts degree from Istanbul Bilgi University in Visual Communication Design as well as bachelors of arts degree with summa cum laude in Photography and Video. Co-founder and Creative director at Antilop.
As a media artist, designer and spatial thinker, Refik Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the transformation of the subject of contemporary culture requires rethinking of the new aesthetic, technique and dynamic perception of space. Anadol builds his works on the nomadic subject’s reaction to and interactions with unconventional spatial orientations with data and machine intelligence. Embedding media arts into architecture, he questions the possibility of a post-digital architectural future in which there are no more non-digital realities.
He invites the viewers to visualize alternative realities by presenting them the possibility of re-defining the functionalities of both interior and exterior architectural formations. Anadol’s work suggests that all spaces and facades have potentials to be utilized as the media artists’ canvases.
French digital artist, Mathieu Le Sourd (Maotik) focuses his work on the creation of immersive multimedia environments and generative visuals. His work has recently been presented in various festivals around the world, such as Mutek Festival, Live Cinema in Rio, Signal Festival in Prague, the British Film Institute in London and ARS Electronica in Linz.
As the lead of Moment Factory’s interactive team in 2011, Le Sourd produced several large-scale projects including a multimedia experience in the new terminal at Los Angeles International Airport as well as the visuals for Nine Inch Nails’ world tour. In 2013, he produced the critically-acclaimed immersive multimedia performance DROMOS, which was presented at the SATosphere in Montreal as part of Mutek festival.
Always in search of new challenges, Le Sourd designs his own visual tools; generating animations from algorithms and creating 3D worlds to transform perceptions of space. He collaborates with musicians, sound artists, and scientists in order to continue his research into the relationship between art, science, and technology.
NONOTAK studio is the collaboration between the illustrator Noemi Schipfer and the architect musician Takami Nakamoto. Commissioned by the Architect Bigoni-Mortemard to create a mural in the lobby of a public housing building in Paris, NONOTAK was created in late 2011.
In early 2013, they start to work on light and sound installations, creating an ethereal, immersive and dreamlike environment meant to envelop the viewer, capitalizing on Takami Nakamoto’s approach of space & sound, and Noemi Schipfer’s experience in kinetic visual.
They presented their first audiovisual installation at the Mapping Festival in May 2013. In summer 2013, NONOTAK comes up with a performance, LATE SPECULATION, where they are the creators and contents of the project.
Onionlab is a multidisciplinary studio. They create interactive products and experiences, motion design movies and audiovisual shows for companies that want to be related to technology, design, and art. Their works are based on the aesthetic attention to detail and the technical innovation.
Starting from graphic concepts and detailed ideas, they get lost in the development and find themselves again at the resolution. They usually make use of the power of scripting and the seduction of music and sound design. They are interested in learning in each project, that’s why they invest many hours researching. They like collaborations.
Music is a source of inspiration for them, and it is often the starting point of their work. VR (virtual reality) experiences, projection mapping, stage design, and music videos are some of the formats through which we relate to music.
To celebrate the bicentenary of the Prado Museum, on November 24th, 2018, Onionlab projected a video mapping organized by the events agency Ciudadano Kien on the facade of the building. The video mapping transformed the inert facade of the building into something organic thus creating an immersive visual journey of lights, shadows, and optical illusions.
Nick Verstand (1984) is a contemporary artist exploring human behavior and perception through spatial audiovisual compositions. His autonomous installations and live performances investigate the materialization of internal emotional experiences and are created through collaborative design processes aimed at breaking down social boundaries.
The resulting intuitive experiences, co-creations of artist and audience, generate a hypnotizing environment for the subconscious mind.
Nick has exhibited and performed at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week, Art Central Hong Kong, SXSW and collaborated with artists such as Fatima Yamaha, Joep Beving and Suzanne Ciani. Dezeen selected his project AURA as one of the top 10 art installations of 2017, alongside Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei, and Anish Kapoor.
A fond believer of the concept of Homo Ludens, Daan’s interactional works are always based on the expressive potential of the spectator. The audiovisual elements within such a piece are used as a means to achieve a new kind of social experience.
Other pieces strive to be perceptual explorations. Light, sound & kinetics flood the senses, to see what remains.
His work has been shown at renown art places such as the Stedelijk Museum, but it can just as well be found in public space or at techno parties. His work has been shown at venues in Amsterdam, London, São paulo, Monaco, Paris, Berlin, Ghent, Warsaw, Ljubljana and Bucharest. He has received grants and prizes from the Dutch Institute for Media Arts, Stroom, the Foundation for Visual Arts and the City of The Hague.
Mowgli has been passionate about all things creative since a very young age. He’s always painted and made things and he had the fortune of having DJ as his first ever job after finishing school. Mowgli graduated in Scientific and Natural History Illustration in 1996, a field in which he worked on a freelance basis for a short time.
Since then he had worked using a vast range of media. He completed an apprenticeship in the ancient crafts of Cordoban and Guadameci in 1997 after which he worked for Arte 2 on interior design projects incorporating the craft while also co-founding MIX, a Madrid based workshop and shop specialized in the upcycling of furniture and decorative objects, an endeavor that was way ahead of its time as the term “upcycling” wasn’t even in use then.
Mowgli started Vjing in 2004 alongside the band Detwiije, this led to more VJ gigs and visual creation for world-class artists and festivals including Above & Beyond, Astrix, Roisin Murphy, Infected Mushroom and Greg Wilson. He was classed amongst the top 8 European VJs in 2008 at the London International Music Show.
Soon after and as a natural progression from Vjing, Mowgli developed an interest in audiovisual performance which he’s been developing since 2010 when the show MAYA was created with producer Silverio Funk. It was premiered at the BFI Southbank as part of Dark Fibre and has since been performed at several venues in London and Rome. During this time he also developed a piece for the Musion holographic projection system which was screened at Kinetika Art Fair in London.
Throughout his career, he’s been involved in organizing and promoting various music and arts events including Stylistik, Sound on Vision, The Nozzle and AV Depot while also being a director of VJ London, a community-focused monthly event dedicated to the diffusion of audiovisual and technology based art forms.
Ouchhh is a creative new media studio with expertise in AI, data paintings, data sculpture, and public art. The studio integrates art, science, and technology in every work they create. A multidisciplinary creative hub focused on new media platforms, offering direction and art direction and also producing video mapping projections.
Skilled in animation, design, illustration, 3D, 2D, interactivity, interaction, and live-action -and seamlessly combining some or all of these- OUCHHH considers each project as a challenge and takes a fresh and unique approach to each other. They have an office in Istanbul, and partnerships in L.A., Vienna, Barcelona, Paris, and Berlin.
The studio has created the “POETIC AI” Solo Exhibition at Atelier des Lumières, it’s a world’s largest AI exhibition which will last for 6 months. It uses 50K pixels and in total 136 projectors, 1 million people visited the exhibition in 7 months.
The studio worked with many brands such as Google, Cern, Nike, Wired, their collaborators transcend all industries and all continents. Their works have received multiple accolades and awards in the international arena. Ouchhh has been featured at Ars Electronica 4 times and will be attending for the 5th time this year.
They became Istanbul’s first new media agency to win Reddot design awards, German Design Award, 10th Annual IDA Awards (The International Design Awards) and ADC Awards ( The Art Directors Club), in addition to an Honorable Mention from the City University of Hong Kong.
Marta Radecka is a visual artist, VJ, surface pattern designer, graphic designer and an illustrator. Her artistic development has been initially shaped in an Art College and later she mastered my skills studying graphic design at university.
Marta creates video projections, mappings and LED installations for audiovisual performances, concerts or live DJ sets. She is a VJ at recurring gigs in Krakow and London. For her the starting point of any creative concept is always music.
She uses her own drawings, graphics and animations to design unique loops. Her artistic creations are characterised by multiple dissolving and intertwining layers and monochrome colour palette. Her live shows are never 100% planned; there is always lots of space for improvisation. She was born in Poland, currently live in London.
Covarrubias received a Bachelor of Music Composition degree in 2006 from the National School of Music at the UNAM in Mexico City. She earned a Master’s degree in Musicology, Creation, and Society in 2010 from the University of Paris 8 (France), where she specialized in Computer-assisted composition and Ethnomusicology.In 2016, she received a Ph.D. degree in Esthetics, Science and Technology of the Arts from the University of Paris 8.
Sabina has also studied and trained to program with languages such as Java and C++, among others, at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico. She studied “Mastering Techniques” at Berklee Music College. Today she is an associated researcher of the CICM (Centre d’Informatique et Création Musicale), Paris, France; besides, she is part of the SNCA program (Art Creators National System) from Mexico, for this program, she is composing acousmatic, octophonic music, financed by FONCA.
Her works encompass a wide array of genres, which have been shown in highly renowned concert halls and festivals in Mexico, the United States, and France. Performances of her compositions have taken place in the International Festival for Women in Art in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and in the International Forum of New Music Manuel Enríquez in Mexico City.
L’Aubaine started performing live visuals in 2005 while studying a master in Digital Arts in Barcelona. From her study, she got interested in real-time performances and exploring different forms of narrative.
All elements she uses in her work are self-produced, mixing different techniques, analog and digital, as hand-drawn animations, 2D and 3D animations, graphical elements, photography, and videos. Her creations have that handmade feel, imperfect, bold and very colorful. Laurie crafted her unique style over the years by superimposing layers, interlinking shapes, and colors, mixing elements from different techniques in an unusual and elegant way.
Her VJ sets are evolving compositions, audio-reactive, created live and flowing with the crowd and the music. Each set never look the same, she shares emotions, playfulness and she feels like a painter and his canvas. She is since 2015, part of VJ London, organizing monthly meet-up & showcase and bigger events with interactive installations and AV performances with artists based in the London area and international.
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