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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BURNING THE SOUND BY RUDOLFO QUINTAS

9 04 2009

Saturday, April 25 @ 9 PM @ MeetFactory – part of Evolution Night

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” This quote by Arthur C. Clarke applies well to Burning the Sound, a performance by young Portugese artist Rudolfo Quintas combining high technology with one of the earliest tools used by humans – fire. Over the thousands of years this element has not lost any of its magical, mesmerizing qualities. With all our current knowledge the behaviour of flames is still beyond our control and understanding. The performance amplifies this chaotic energy, taking us back in time to a moment when we would gather around a fireplace to witness to shamans. The custom software instrument developed by Quintas is so well designed that all of the involved high technology seems to disappear, bringing into focus the live performer and his skill of ‘playing with fire’. The work is both compositional and performative – both technical and expressive. Quintas’s own presence in the work drawing the audience into the light of the flame leads to a kind of exchange – a kind of visual and physical ritual. The lighter functions as a kind of paintbrush that can carve out sounds from the air that fire is fire is constantly eating’. – Transmediale Jury Statement, Berlin, February 2009

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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.





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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