9 04 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 @ 5 PM @ DOX

Discussion about networked artistic practices

This discussion will introduce state-of-the-art experimental practices in the field of networked and/or distributed creativity. Concepts and people behind two leading European initiatives called ETP (European Tele-Plateaus) and CO-ME-DI-A (Cooperation and Mediation in Digital Art), both co-produced by CIANT, will be the main focus. How do artists think about networks and how do they make use of high-speed Internet in order to collaboratively create one single installation or performance with its co-creators being in different locations?



European Tele-Plateaus

Transnational Sites of Encounter and Co-Production

Tele-Plateaus is an international initiative planned to run through 2010 with an aim to create publicly accessible networked audiovisual sites. The main objective is to make possible and support real-time sensory-physical interactions of people over long distances. Therefore, we work to establish a permanent network allowing for direct audiovisual real-time interactions between similarly configured public sites and performance stages across Europe. Tele-Plateaus will be composed, controlled and structured by movements of people from different cities. Within these networked stages and sites people from Dresden, Madrid, Norrköping, and Prague (among the first connected cities) can dance and play together. They can simultaneously create pictures, sounds, and light effects by means of their own movements without operating any additional interfaces. The shared virtual hyper-site is based on the generation of data that is available for processing to all computers within a common network. Movement parameters (speed, spatial position, etc.) are captured and digitalised by camera-based motion system and exchanged between computers at distant locations with a technically similar configuration. At concrete sites the numerically coded movement parameters are creatively transformed into audiovisual outputs and processes. Tele-Plateaus will ultimately provide accessible environments for live telematic artistic performances and other collaborative activities.

The project is co-financed by Culture 2007 Programme of the European Union for the period 2008-2010. Project is led by TMA | Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau ( in co-operation with the Hellerau – European Center for the Arts, and is jointly produced with CIANT Prague (CZ,, REVERSO Madrid (ES,, and bitnet Norrköping (SE,


Concept: Klaus Nicolai, Project Manager: Thomas Dumke (TMA). The TMA Hellerau is a »Landmark in the Land of Ideas«. It is thus part of the event series »365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas« that is jointly carried out by the initiative »Germany – Land of Ideas« and Deutsche Bank. TMA (Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau e.V.) is an institute for integrals perception and media research, founded in 2001 as a platform for artists and researchers with experiences within the area of interactive systems. One of the highlights and focal point of work is the international festival of computer-based art and inter-disciplinary media projects called CYNETart taking place annually in Dresden, Germany. The CYNETart festival presents media performances, networked virtual environments and interactive installations. In the realisation of its media art works the festival builds on dimensions of the human body as baseline for authentic perception and communication.

Klaus Nicolai has background in cultural studies, 1985 conferral of a doctorate; until 1987 lecturer at the University of Leipzig and until 1992 lecturer at the Dresden Academy of Arts; from 1995 until 2005 Media Commissioner of the City of Dresden; from 1997 to 2005 director of the international festival for computer-based art CYNETart; since 2001 spokesman of the Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau, since 2007 director of the Dresden Innovation Fund of Art and Media technology (DIF) and DIF-lab; author and lecturer at the Dresden International University. Father of three daughters.

Thomas Dumke, born in 1977. Studied history, sociology & communication sciences at TU Dresden, postgraduate in culture & management. Since 1999 Thomas Dumke is part of the CYNETart festival in Dresden, in 2000 he initiated together with the »microscope session«, founding member of TMA Hellerau, from 2006 he has been the director of the CYNETart festival. Father of one daughter.

Jacob Korn, born in1981, studying media technology at TU Ilmenau, 2002 assistent at the Fraunhofer IDMT, 2004 workshop »Live-Audio/Video-Installation« (Museumsquartier Wien), 2007 participation at the two-week workshop for music productions in Toronto at the Red Bull Music Academy. Since a six month internship at the Dresden Innovation Fund of Art and Media technology (DIF), he is writing his diploma in co-operation with the DIF and the Fraunhofer Institute IDMT.

Matthias Härtig, born in 1977, studied media technology at the University Applied Sciences Mittweida and graduated in 2003. Since 1999 Matthias Härtig is part of the CYNETart festival in Dresden, in 2000 he initiated together with the »microscope session«, founding member of TMA Hellerau, from 2006 he has been the technical director of the DIF-lab. He lives and works in Dresden.

Marlon Barrios Solano is a New York City based, social media specialist/consultant, on-line producer and lecturer/researcher focused on the intersection of new media and performance and on the use of on-line platforms for collaborative creativity and social innovation. He is the creator/producer of (a social networking site), dance-techTV (a collaborative network of internet video channels) and of DANCE TECH Interviews (an on-line program that explores the intersection of dance and digital technology). Currently he an is artist/researcher in residency at Cie Gilles Jobin (Switzerland) and social media specialist for dance New Amsterdam (NYC). He holds an MFA in Dance and Technology (independent track on real-time technology, performance of improvisation and cognition) from The Ohio State University (USA).

Johan Melin started his career as a radio show producer, but has been working as an event producer since 1992. The events he organises cover mainly the electronic music scene, presenting DJ:s, computer game music and musicians, cultural experiments within the field of computer sound and mixed media, workshops etc. Johan is the founder of Norrköping Electronic Music Community (Nemcom), an interest group formed in 1992, reorganized 2002, which has now grown to include more than 500 members. He also runs a commercial company, Bitnet Productions, which focuses on event production.

Jaime Del Val (Madrid 1974) is a transdisciplinary and transmedia artist of old a new technologies of sound, image, space, body and text (painter and digital artist, composer and pianist, performer and choreographer, virtual architect, writer and philosopher); multidisciplinary activist (against urban speculation, environmental, post-queer/post-gay/post-transgender and other); independent researcher, organiser of events, teacher and director of REVERSO in which he promotes diverse initiatives in the crossroads of the body, arts, technology, critical theory and political action. His work in performance, dance and technology, electroacoustics, video and virtual generative architecture as well as in fields of critical theory has been extensively presented, awarded, performed and exhibited  in Europe and America. REVERSO  is a transdisciplinary independent initiative of research, production, education, diffusion and activism in the crossroads of arts practices, old and new technologies, critical theory and political action. It started in 2000 with the publication of the first Journal of queer studies in Spanish. Since 2001 REVERSO has developed and presented performances and installations as well as critical theory papers in festivals, conferences, exhibitions and other events in Europe and America. Since 2004 it has developed an intense activity in the fight against urban speculation having achieved, amongst other things, the paralysation of the Algarrobico Hotel in Almería and other initiatives of high political and social relevance, through several of its related associations. The Workshop of the Technologies of the Body is the education, production and diffusion initiative of the project. The first REVERSO CENTRE will open in 2010 in a village in the province of Salamanca. It is coordinated by Jaime del Val and Olinto Rubio.


9 04 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009 @ 8 PM @ IFP: Experimental network concert



John  Cage / Georg Hajdu: Radio Music

Ádám Siska: 185

Kai Niggemann and Maria Popara: Keep Calm and Carry On

EBE: Quintessence

Sascha Lemke: Netze spinnen # Spinnennetze

Performing artists:


GEORG HAJDU (conductor) (DE)






The European Bridges Ensemble (EBE) was established for Internet and network music performance. Its current members are the five performers Kai Niggemann (Münster, Germany), Ádám Siska (Budapest, Hungary), Johannes Kretz (Vienna, Austria), Andrea Szigetvári (Dunakeszi, Hungary), Ivana Ognjanović (Belgrade, Serbia), the conductor and software designer Georg Hajdu (Hamburg, Germany), and video artist Stewart Collinson (Lincoln, England).

Using the term bridges as a metaphor, the Ensemble attempts to bridge cultures, regions, locations and individuals, each with their specific history. Particularly, Europe with its historical and ethnic diversity has repeatedly gone through massive changes separating and reuniting people often living in close vicinity. The aim is to further explore the potential of taking participating musicians and artists out of their political and social isolation by creating virtual communities of like-minded artists united by their creativity and mutual interests.

The first Bridges concert on 17th June, 2005 (simultaneously in Münster, Stuttgart and Vienna) brought together musicians from the former West (Austria and Germany) and East (Hungary and Serbia) – all connected by the river Danube — and thus demonstrated the potential of Internetperformance as a means to overcome national borders and political single-mindedness. Since then EBE was present at major festivals and conferences such as the t-u-b-e (Munich, 2006), Connecting Media conference (Hamburg, 2006), Music in the Global Village conferences (Budapest, 2007), International Ligeti Competition (Berlin, 2007), Making New Waves (Budapest, 2006/2008), International Computer Music Conference (Belfast, 2008), Klangwerktage (Hamburg 2008).


Stewart Collison is a practising Artist Filmmaker. His work with moving image is profoundly informed by the body of work created by artists since the beginning of cinema. As the moving image became appropriated  by storytellers and conveyers of ideology and information in  the early part of the 20th Century, visual artists have used  the medium for other purposes. Having dispensed with narrative as a means of structuring time, many turned to music as the model to organise the duration of this new visual time-based medium.  Explored in this way, the moving image becomes an abstract medium, freed from representation, consisting instead of the fundamentals of light and darkness, colour, movement and rhythm. Current and emergent digital technologies offer the artist the possibility of blurring the boundaries between existing artforms even further. As an artist he believes in the principle of mixing traditional and innovatory technologies and working methods to achieve what can be called eyemusic. His work covers a range of activities: as an artist making moving image work for single-screen viewing and gallery installation; as a facilitator of arts education project work with regional, national and international arts organisations in collaboration with composers, musicians and dancers. The outcomes of these projects can also be work for single screen, multi-screen installation or live mixing and projection of video and digital imagery for performance. He is a core artist with Salamanda Tandem. In addition he’s a senior lecturer in Moving image at the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at Lincoln University.

Georg Hajdu, born in Göttingen, Germany in 1960, is among the first composers of his generation dedicated to the combination of music, science and computer technology. After studies in Cologne and at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), he received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. In 1996, following residencies at IRCAM and the ZKM, Karlsruhe, he co-founded the ensemble WireWorks with his wife Jennifer Hymer a group specializing in the performance of electro-acoustic music. In 1999, he produced his full-length opera Der Sprung. In May 2002, his Internet performance environment was employed in a Munich Biennale opera performance. In addition to his compositions, which are characterized by a pluralistic attitude and have earned him several international prizes, the IBM-prize of the Ensemble Modern among them, Georg Hajdu published articles on several topics on the borderline of music and science. His areas of interest include multimedia, microtonality, algorithmic, interactive and networked composition. Currently, Georg Hajdu is professor of multimedia composition at the Hamburg School of Music and Theater.

Johannes Kretz ( born 1968 in Wien. Studies of composition at the music academy Vienna (with F. Burt and M. Jarrell), also pedagogy and mathematics at the University of Vienna. 1992-93 studies (computer music) at IRCAM, Paris with Marco Stroppa and Brian Ferneyhough. 1994-2003 assistent/professor for computer music at the international Bartok-Seminar in Szombathely (Hungary). 1996-2001 Teacher for music theory and composition at the conservatory of Vienna. Since 1997: Teacher for computer music at the music university Vienna, since 2001 also for music theory, since 2004 also for composition, habilitation 2009. Co-founder of the NewTonEnsmble Vienna, of <;  and the international composers group PRISMA. Head of ZiMT (“center of innovative music technology” of the music university Vienna. Many scholarships and prizes: Austrian federal grant 1997, Stiftung Delz, Switzerland 2001 and Theodor Körner Prize 2004, Prize of the Austrian gouvernment 2004. Commissions: Konzerthaus Wien, Klangforum Wien, ensemble_online, Vienna Flautists, quartett22, Internationalen Lemgoer Orgeltage, Haller Bachtage, Triton Trombone Quartett, Wiener Kammerchor. Performances in Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, Argentinia and South Korea.

Born in 1971 in Ruma, Yugoslavia, Ivana Ognjanović studied composition at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad and the University of Arts in Belgrade before moving to Hamburg’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater, where she obtained a master’s degree in multimedia composition. Her works have been performed and recorded as well as received praise and critical acclaim in many parts of the world.

Konstantina Orlandatou, born in 1980 in Athens, Greece, studied accordion, piano, music theory and composition in the Conservatorium “Nikos Skalkotas” in Athens. This year she completed her master’s degree in multimedia composition at the Academy of Music and Theater in Hamburg. She has composed numerous works for ensembles and string quartets. During her studies in Hamburg she composed pieces for electronic music as well as music for documentary films. In addition, she created interactive and sound installations.

Adam Siska was born in Budapest in 1983. Since 2005, he has been studying composition in the class of Zoltán Jeney at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. As an attendee of several Hungarian and international seminars (such as Ostrava Days 2007, the International Béla Bartók Seminar in 2005 & 2006, the Making New Waves Festival 2005 – 2007) he has worked with composers such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Péter Eötvös, Johannes Schöllhorn, Jasch (Jan Schacher) and Andrea Szigetvári, among many others. His piece Praeludium et Fuga was granted a second prize in the competition of the Hungarian Clavicembalo Foundation in 2005, and his work Concerto won the audience’s award at the Third Contemporary Music Festival of Young Composers in 2006. In 2007, he became permanent member of the European Bridges Ensemble and participated in several performances in numerous European countries.

Andrea Szigetvári studied sound recording and electroacoustic music at Fr. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. After finishing her studies she worked as a music editor, sound engineer, musical producer for Hungaroton Recording Company and Hungarian Radio. She has worked at the Institute of Musicology as a member of the first computer music research project in Hungary. In 1989 she was a Fulbright researcher in the USA. First she worked at Brooklyn College with Charles Dodge, later at Stanford University with John Chowning. After returning from the USA in 1990 she funded the Hungarian Computer Music Foundation to help to develop contemporary music life in Hungary. From the beginning of ’90-ies she has been the main organizer of the composition and computer music course of the International Bartók Festival, the Short Circuits contemporary music days and from 1998 the Making New Waves contemporary music festival. Between 1993 and 1995 she developed the musical informatic course’s curriculum at Pécs University and the electronic music curriculum for the Liszt F. Academy of Music in Budapest. 1995 she started to teach musical informatics in the Pécs University and in 1996 she started to teach electronic music at the Liszt F. Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2001 she received two “Prix” of the Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition in multimedia and sound art categories. Her creative and research work concentrate mainly on the role of the timbre in new music.


Among the international supporters the concert is co-funded by Culture 2007 Programme of the European Union within the CO-ME-DI-A project and by the International Visegrad Fund.

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