UPDATE! BY HONF COLLECTIVE

9 04 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009 @ 6 & 7 PM @ DOX: Presentation and AV performance

The House of Natural Fiber (HONF) is a New Media art laboratory based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Founded in 1999, HONF concentrates on the principles of critique and innovation. Since the beginning, HONF has consistently focused on cultural development and New Media art, running numerous New Media art projects and workshops focused on education in art, science and technology. In every project HONF concentrates on interactivity with people and environments. Thinking forward, positive and creative is becoming a vision for this community. In the implementation of this vision, in every program, HONF works towards the development of art with technology. This desire to contemplate the future of art, science and technology is an important endeavor for the technology itself. At ENTER festival, HONF will give a presentation on Education Focus Program (EFP); a curriculum used by HONF in their community-based activities in Yogyakarta. EFP is a program initiated by HONF in forms of interdisciplinary workshops, presentations and discussions. It is developed to respond towards educational situations and conditions in a developing country of Indonesia. EFP directive is to build a modern mind of a future on technology, based on human uses, needs and knowledge, through interdisciplinary backgrounds using education as the core of every activity. In order to accelerate EFP impact to the society, Cellsbutton, Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival, was initiated. It is an annual public gathering of international artists, engineers and scientists to have mutual knowledge exchanges. In Cellsbutton, EFP implementation takes form of presentations, discussions, and workshops involving interdisciplinary dialogues, innovative ideas and critical analysis in technology applications thus allowing transdisciplinary responsive actions between individuals, communities and institutions. Presentation will be given by four HONF representatives: Tommy Surya, Irene Agrivine, Julian Abraham and Andreas Siagian.

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There will be an AV performance starting right after the presentation. It will demonstrate subjects of the presentation including projects of VJ school and breakcore_LABS.

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Tommy Surya (1976), male, Indonesian, 2001 graduated from graphic design faculty (BA), Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta. Focus on new media art since 2000, one of founder ‘the house of natural fiber, yogyakarta new media art laboratory’ (HONF) http://www.natural-fiber.com He intends and focuses in organize the community and projects in HONF, and also create and experimenting in visual or videos based medium. Active on vj gathering in community / young creative movement in the region that focus on how to explore many medium as a creative tools. He’s one of key person who intends to build Cellsbutton and YIVF forum for continuing/related projects. One of his project is vjnumberoneProject. It’s a video jockey project , an experimental live performance video jockey that develop in many medium as sources and performances. But in the other hand, its project also focused on video jockey artist’s education through workshops and discussion among vj community. (http://www.vjnumberone.wordpress.com) Also, Tommy is a project and technical manager for YIVF (Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival) and CELLSBUTTON (Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival), which produced and organized by HONF every year.

Irene Agrivina Widyaningrum, born in 1976, female, Indonesian, graduated from graphic design faculty (BA), Indonesia Institute of art (ISI) Yogyakarta at 2000. She is one of the founder of house of natural fiber (HONF), Yogyakarta new media art laboratory (www.natural-fiber.com) She is active on organizing the communities and projects at HONF, managing and bridging the communications and collaboration between young creative movements and HONF. Also she was founder of 10:05 Newsletter, an urban monthly newsletter, that issued on young creative communities, that influences the most electronic music movements in Yogyakarta. As media artist, she focused on society empowerments, for instance a project called CellsKid, a project that focus on children creativity. Most of her works influenced as well by fashion cultures and youth cultures. Also, Irene is a key person of YIVF (Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival) and CELLSBUTTON (Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival), which produced and organized by HONF every year.

Julian Abraham otherwise known as Togar was born in Medan, Indonesia, 1987. He is currently studying at Akindo University in Jogjakarta and participating in several art and music projects. Togar is a member of HONF (the house of natural fiber) which is a media art laboratory in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Julian Abraham is the founder and playing as the drummer of the band called diSko (Noise Rock), together with Anggito (Anggisluka) they decided to form diSko at the end of 2005. Then, in mid-2006, Irene ‘Ira’ Agrivine (Artist / Curator), go join the diSko, and involved in launch of their first album, called “Disko Matematis”. in the mid-year 2007, diSko break because of the pressure from various parties. In this void Julian Abraham still desire to continue exploring music, and try to combine all the music instruments to work it with a computer or electronic medium, Hardware or Software. At the start of Bians.cult, project exploration of digital sound analog to concentrate on the composition of the sound that was built by the sound spectrum and is issued through a digital analog converter to analog devices that unlimited amount. Depart from here, Julian Abraham continue the exploration to the tones composition, and sounds, to changed into a song, This is done to continue his desire on music, and technology. Julian Abraham also working with breakcore_LABS, Indonesia breakcore movement.

Andreas Siagian – HONF [the house of natural fiber – yogyakarta new media art laboratory]: started his activities as an editor of a sub-culture and rave culture magazine called 10:05 News where he was then actively involved in community development with The House of Natural Fiber [HONF] – Yogyakarta New Media Art Laboratory since 2004 until present day. By the curriculum of Education Focus Program from HONF, he involved in the producing and organizing of 2 annual community-base organized festivals called YIVF – Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival and Cellsbutton – Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival. As for his involvement in HONF community-base organized projects as organizer, facilitator and artist, he uses his civil engineer background discipline in his art works such as scientific researches, software programming and construction knowledge. His current work on progress is an expansion research in 2001, Environmental Engineering for Civil Engineer on hydro purification installation for housing and industries.

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ELECTROBOUTIQUE BY ALEXEI SHULGIN & ROMAN MINAEV & ARISTARKH CHERNYSHEV

9 04 2009

Electroboutique (http://electroboutique.com) is a unique creative electronics production company, a media art gallery and an artist collective. Our products are developed in modern technologized forms: they are electronic devices and computer programs, being at the same time the pieces of actual art. Our products exist beyond national and cultural borders; they can be encountered in trendy interiors, as well as at contemporary art exhibitions and art fairs. Electroboutique’s amazing products merge together cool aesthetics and information technologies, modern design, pop-art and real-time data processing. Our techniques amalgamate open source and proprietary solutions with best media art inventions of past decades. We make up-to-date market-friendly art, following recent critical discourses. Pride ñ is a natural feeling of our products owners.

Keywords: commercial protest, consumer electronic art, device art, media art 2.0, interactive, audio-visual, crititainment, no-brain, real-time, plug-and-play.

Exhibited works:

COMMERCIAL PROTEST (2007. LCD TV, videocamera, supermarket trolley, custom electronics. Size variable)

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It is difficult to protest these days against capitalism, especially if you are a member of capitalist society and enjoy all its benefits. Any convincing form of protest very soon gets appropriated by the system and starts being used for its sake: in politics, in advertisement, in design, etc. But we want to protest! – and offer the new, realistic form: Commercial Protest. We protest in the form of a critical but/and commercially suitable artwork. Commercial Protest reveals the essence of modern people; – it shows what we are all made of. A viewer sees her own portrait as a mosaics made out of transnational companies logos (variant: consumer goods). These images are globally recognizable and constitute the visual language of today. The supermarket cart that contains the TV set emphasizes the ugliness of the ultimately consumerist world. We protest against such state of things with this piece and set a fair price on it.

DIGILUCK (2007. LED display, acryl, custom electronics. 85x55x6 cm)

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Today like never before, it is obvious that coincidence and chance play major roles in achieving a success. When an electronic clock displays such digit combinations as 11:11, 22:22, 3:33, etc, we involuntary start thinking about some significant fortuity. But how one could turn this fortuity into desired regularity? How one can catch good luck? Digiluck deconstructs the electronic clock by displaying animations in random order instead of searching for lucky numbers. This work does not tell what luck is or how it can be. Digiluck just rethinks the notion of time as taken for a norm conventionality.

OUT OF CONTROL (2008. Smashed LCD TV, custom electronics. Size variable)

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The work explores the aesthetics of signal error, techno-ludditism, and glitch. A half-destroyed TV constantly produces visual and audio glitches and shows a viewerís image processed through them. The screen scrolls, gets distorted and filled with colorful artifacts produced by damaged electronics. The shock of seeing a new expensive commodity destroyed reinforces already deep impression coming from immersing inside the malfunctioning system.

Paul Virilio points in his recent book The Information Bomb: “Modern science, having progressively become techno-science – the product of the fatal confusion between operational instrument and exploratory reseach – has slipped its philosophical moorings and lost its way, without anyone taking umbrage at this, except for a few ecological and religious leaders.”

INFO BOMB (2008. Mixed media, Internet, video projection. Size variable)

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Responding to the challenge of the great thinker, we as artists propose our own take on the announced problem. Info-bomb explores the relationship between technology, speed, war and information. The inbo-bomb blasts with information; it carries a pervasive stream of propaganda that does not bring death, no, – it brings delightful paralysis and euthanasia.

LOADING (2007. Custom LED display. 50x50x6 cm)

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Loading – this system message (among others: Connecting, Transferring) has recently become an important notion in describing highly technologized modern life, ever-going human-machine interaction. The work is called upon to reveal aesthetics of this seemingly banal data exchange process and to visualy present it as cultural phenomena.

Alexei Shulgin (Russian: Алексей Шульгин; born 1963 in Moscow) is a Russianborn contemporary artist, musician, and online curator. Working out of Moscow and Helsinki [1], Shulgin established the Immediate Photography Group in 1988 and started his career in this area of study. After 1990, he shifted his interests from photography to the Internet, and consequently, in 1994, founded Moscow-WWW-Art-LabWWW Art Lab, collaborating with many artists from London andSlovenia. That very same year, the artist created an online photo museum called”Hot Pictures”[2]. In 1997, Shulgin continued his work with the invention of Form Art (Form Art), and later that year the introduction of the easy life website (Easy Life). In 1999, Shulgin became Webmaster at FUFME, Inc. Since 2004, Shulgin has been a co-owner of Electroboutique (Electroboutique). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Shulgin





THINGS TO BURN BY RUDOLFO QUINTAS

9 04 2009

This interactive audiovisual installation is a new work from the series ‘Memory of the Future: Looking to the Past Never Ends’ that includes the awarded performance “Burning the Sound” (2008) and “Inversed Metaphors” installation (2008).

In “Things to Burn” (2009) participants are asked to burn elementary 3D figurative objects until its total abstract transformation. This action is perceptually achieved by the use of fire from a regular match as interface to modulate, animate and lighten the 3D objects – as an adventures dialogue between the poetics of form. In spite of something being destroying, it is creating. The contradiction is that what is real is destroyed, but what is digital is created, and the attention goes to what is created instead what is destroyed. “Things to Burn” reverses the perception of an object being burned: When a match starts to burn and its wood is being destroyed it makes a digital shape to upsurge in an organic way. Its duration is the one of the burning match. While one grows the other decreases. The participant controls his action, but is the fire that determines the time of its experience, generating an ambiguity in the idea of a participant controlling an action.

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Rudolfo Quintas (1980) is a Portuguese born visual artist, performer and interaction designer who seeks to expand the horizons and language of contemporary art. He explores domains of gesture and motion analyses, computer graphics and electronic music, often related to augmented reality. His research into the body as interface has been a fundamental element in his work frequently formalized in performance and installation art. His work is published in: ‘Younger Than Jesus: The Artist Directory’ co-published by the New Museum New York and Phaidon (2009 USA), TEDANCE book published by FMH (2009 PT), Taide Art Magazine (2009 FI), Performance Research (2007 UK) and ARTECH (2005 PT). He was awarded at Transmediale 2009, Future Places 2008, and Inter.Faces 2005 and has shown his work in conferences, major galleries and festivals in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Holland, England, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, Mexico, Turkey and the USA.

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CHRONICLE_THERAPY! BY VENZHA CHRIST

9 04 2009

Performance at the ADAPT! (Part One) exhibition opening

Saturday, April 18 @ 7 PM @ MeetFactory

CHRONICLE_THERAPY! is a sound performance that explores the electromagnetic spectrum. In addition to television, radio and mobile phone signals, all other electronic devices send out and can be affected by electromagnetic signals. The same is true for humans and other living beings: we are always immersed in the electromagnetic spectrum that we have to adapt to.

The performance has been created in the context of the Education Focus Programme (EFP) initiated by Venzha Christ. The Education Focus Program (EFP) is a project conceived of in terms of a developing country where New Media art is currently not widely available. The main goal of the project is to build a modern conception of a future between technology and people. It thus includes activities and research focusing on people, technology, communities, and beyond. The EFP challenges people to approach their everyday environment differently.

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Venzha Christ is a prolific artist and organiser based in Yogyajakarta, Indonesia. His projects involve a very intimate relationship with his environment, which he is dedicated to building and challenging at the same time. He has initiated projects such as House of Natural Fiber (HONF), Cellsbutton Media Art Festival and Education Focus Programme (EFP).





ANA3V3A-50Hz BY PETR KRUŠELNICKÝ AKA ANTENA

9 04 2009

Saturday, April 25 @ 8 PM @ MeetFactory

Open studio: You are invited to preview a new project “ANA3V3A-50Hz” which is an analogue audio-visual installation of three video signals (animations) in a process of transformation into audio.

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Antena is an independent international art collective founded in Prague in 2001. From its original focus on nonverbal and experimental theatre taking part in various site specific projects and collaborations with Grotest Maru (DE), Big Art Group (USA), Recto Verso (CAN), the collective is now interested in new media and technologies. It also deals with light design, VJ-ing, audio productions and audiovisual installations. In 2003-2006 Antena was based is Berlin while organizing meetings of artists who are interested in experimental music, video, and sound installations. With Mangrove Kipling (FR) initiated a group “TV Print” and in collaboration with Salon Bruit organized “Noise NoD” session in the Czech Republic.

Petr Krušelnický (1977) aka Antena graduated from Duncan Centre dance academy, studied with Prof. Ctibor Turba, was a member of Divadlo mimů Alfred ve dvoře and of Grotest Maru (DE) theatre collective. Among other projects he was involved in creation of a performance by Mino Tanaka as well as of 3W Griftheater. He is interested in audiovisual projects in the area of analogue electronic media.





EVOLUTION NIGHT: CAMOUFLAGE

8 09 2008

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 9 PM @ MeetFactory

Experimental audiovisual programme to close ENTER 4 festival

General accessibility of audiovisual technologies allows anyone to become an experimentalist in music or moving image. Audiovisual performances thus offer a way to implement original artistic concepts, make political stands or just fulfil childhood dreams. But do these interventions have any real impact on the development of contemporary audiovisual forms? Or is a conceptual use of available audiovisual tools just an at-hand camouflage? Whatever the answer is, it is impossible to neglect or underestimate them as they massively proliferate the Internet and give expression to enormous enthusiasm and endless visions.

Line-up

SILVER CAMOUFLAGE

Rudolfo Quintas (PT)

Jack/Jack (SK/CZ) feat Philipp Quehenberger (AT)

The Trons (NZ)

PINK CAMOUFLAGE

2 Singles (CZ)

Moduretik (CZ) & VJ Kapaj (CZ)

BLACK CAMOUFLAGE

Yarrdesh (CZ)

Groupe Guma Guar (CZ)


SILVER CAMOUFLAGE

Rudolfo Quintas (PT)

The evening will start with an audiovisual performance Burning the Sound about the nature of rituals and the relation they establish with the state of power and control. It is uses the fire from lighter and matches to subvert patterns of rhythm, “exorcising” the sound as a spiritual strategy. The project was awarded at Transmediále 2009 in Berlin.

Jack/Jack (SK/CZ) feat Philipp Quehenberger (AT)

Czechoslovak “noise positive” duo Jack/Jack will present their own approach to a specific type of experimental music called “no-input music”. Their music is created using only 2 mixers and cables. It shows a decadent beauty of the digital echo. Noise, drone, bangs and beats hidden in the machine show that this minimalistic approach results in unexpectedly rich soundscapes. There will be a keyboards virtuoso Philipp Quehenberger (Mego Editions, Cheap Records) joining Jack/Jack with whom the duo just completes a common album. www.myspace.com/jackjacknoise, www.myspace.com/philippquehenberger

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The Trons (NZ)

In the world of electronic music a relation between technology and acoustic instruments has been a theme for quite some time now. Coming from New Zealand within a European tour, the Trons are an original solution to the theme. They are a robotic garage rock band, completely self playing junk robots. They are made mainly from recycled and salvaged parts, and play standard guitars, drums and keyboards. Their musical influences include the Clean, Velvet Underground and similar indie bands. www.myspace.com/thtrons

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PINK CAMOUFLAGE

Moduretik (CZ) & VJ Kapaj (CZ)

Moduretik is an emerging talent Jan Jiskra. In his pretty personal sets he combines several electronic genres including 8-bit and IDM. The visuals will be produced by Kamila Pajerová aka VJ Kapaj. Her main interests are vector graphics, animation, and generative art. www.myspace.com/moduretik, www.myspace.com/kapaj

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2 Singles (CZ)

“Left by not good girls – now on the right side of friendship. Every girl listening to their music knows better about boys’ heart then those who did that big mistake! “ Czech boy band performance is all in playback mode. However, the artists are multi-talented personalities. Petr Marek is a film maker, actor and musician  (MIDI LIDI, decadent theatre Beruška, Muzikant Králíček). Jiří Havelka is a theatre director and actor (Divadlo Ypsilon, Dejvické Divadlo, VOSTO5). www.myspace.com/2singles

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BLACK CAMOUFLAGE

Yarrdesh (CZ)

Young multi-instrumentalist Yarrdesh is no novice to Czech alternative scene, especially thanks to his undertakings with several bands such as “Un Cri Bleu“. His sole electro set is a psychedelic mix of break-core rhythms finely tuned with samples of dissonant piano and noise fields all in all well packed in his neo-metal aesthetics. www.myspace.com/yarrdesh666

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Groupe Guma Guar (CZ)

Closing the night, Prague based art activists collective Guma Guar will give a music voice to their system critique and media world irony. Since the founding in 2003 they have used audiovisual performances to make a political stand. They take part in international shows as well as illegal freearties and streetart projects. www.myspace.com/groupegumaguar, www.gumaguar.bloguje.cz

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Evolution Night is co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund.

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