9 04 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 @ 8 PM @ DOX

Lecture and video presentation

The Berlin artist and composer, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, will be presenting his multidisciplinary project, entitled sonArc::project. The work moves between the fields of electricity research, video, spatial installation and performance. Since the 1990s, Sonntag, whose artistic roots reach back to the minimal- and concept art as well as to the so-called new and experimental music, has repeatedly cooperated with scientific laboratories. Alongside the examination of human perception, the question at the centre of his artistic work concerns the visions of modernity – an unfinished project. With sonArc::project, a project cycle in alternating aesthetic formats, the artist has been in search of the essence of electricity as well as the possibility of domesticating lightening since 2003: that is, in search of the electric/electronic sources and, at the same time, visions of our media age.


Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag is an artist focusing mainly on media art-based room installations. He studied fine arts, art history, music theory, composition, philosophy and cognitive science and, in 2002, founded N-solab. He is a cofounder of “hARTware-projects” – now “HMKV”, “oh Ton” , “unerhört”. 2008: In addition to receiving a Haupstadtkulturfond grant for “e-topia”, he was awarded the “German Sound Art Prize”, the “Cynet Art Award”, got a prize in the  competition for a mobile architecture “ohrenstrand mobil” in Berlin and he opened the Ars Electronica in Linz with his sonArc::project.


9 04 2009

The installation consists of working with light architecture in space. Giving back birth to inanimate object, this collaboration between architecture and visual interaction reflects the idea of thinking in a digital world were reality and virtual are mixed up.


Paul Destieu lives and works between Slovenia and France. His different plastic interventions take over architectural environment to set it as experimentation ground. His productions generally result from intrusions in landscape allowing him to activate poetry dynamic within the place. Through high jacking actions or through plastic attacks, these interferences aim at revealing alternative configurations of the environment he involves.

With music released through various labels: Imp Records, Wrong Music, Logos Prod, Psychorock… Fenshu is a french composer of the most authorial kind. Stimulating frequencies to build a kind of post electronica flirting with lo-fi sound of old entertainment video games, a noise mixture harmony guided by some precise beats and loud kicks. After loads of vinyls on different labels, driving him from underground techno to experimental electro, familiar to the Warp Records sounds, label for which he worked as graphic designer. He has recently moved to Slovenia, where he intends to go further at deep braindance music, and different experimental performances though keeping the details (lush melodies, open mind, mood swings) that make it so special.


9 04 2009

ENTER festival presents a working prototype from the current state of development of the DEEP DATA project; a developmental work connecting deep space exploration with terrestrial extremophiles and the science of astrobiology. The part of the system shown focuses on receiving and recreating magnetic field data from the Pioneer and Voyager probes within cultures of tardigrades, one of the microscopic species being used for current space and astrobiological research. By means of a video microscope and overlaid graphics it is possible to observe the generation, interaction and effects of magnetic field fluctuations on the organisms. The work allows users to navigate the trajectories and corresponding magnetic field strengths of the deep space probes Pioneer 10 and 11, and Voyager 1 and 2.

A specially designed culture vessel fabricated from silicone is used to house the organisms, three electromagnets, a hall sensor and LEDs for illuminating the sample. This unique observation device is housed within an inverted biological microscope with connected video camera. The image from the camera is combined with graphical feedback from the hall sensor to form the visual display of the work. Sonic feedback in the form of pitch shifting natural radio emissions from Jupiter offers an aural sense of the strengths of the fluctuating magnetic fields within the observation vessel.


This project was developed with the collaboration of Marc Duseiller (CH), Georg Kettel (AT), Martin Kern (AT) and Anders Restad (NO) during the workshop Interactivos`09, at Medialab-Prado, a programme of the Arts area of the Ayuntamiento of Madrid.

Andy Gracie’s work is concerned with the information systems contained within living organisms and ecosystems and how they may be accessed and processed through the use of technology with the aim of creating relationships and meanings. In many ways his work reflects on the ideas of umwelt and biosemiotics as developed by Jakob von Uexkull and Thomas Seboek in as much as it aims to find how signs, symbols and signifiers may form the common ground between artificial and natural intelligences. The artist is interested in using organic cultures as processing systems for artificially generated, or technology based, data in an effort to extract the meaning contained in the organic informatic machine and to examine how forms of robotic entity can become immersed in living networks. This interest extends to examining how organic and inorganic systems can be wired together through various channels, where communication and presence are realised by agency. His process of investigation has led him through a diverse range of fields including microbiology, astrobiology, satellite and space exploration, wilderness exploration, hiking and mapping, as well as the majority of the more ‘usual’ digital art practices. The majority of Gracie’s work is realised in the form of installation, often employing robotics, custom electronics, sound and video alongside biological practice and live organisms. In recent years Andy Gracie has has a solo show at Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana as well as group shows at Mejan Labs in Stockholm, Ars Electronica, BIOS4 in Seville, AV06 festival in Sunderland, Radar festival in Mexico City, la Casa Encendida in Madrid, Robots! in Lille, Ultrasound in Huddersfield and Artbots in New York . His work has been awarded honourable mentions by Vida9.0 and Ars Electronica.