Cimatics presents
Cimatics, Brussels International Platform for Live A/V, presents a Masterclass Live Audiovisual Art, within the framework of the studio-program Experimental Media-art provided by the VAF (the Flemish Audiovisual Fund).
Because the biggest merit of live A/V is its cross-border and cross-disciplinary character the masterclass will challenge its participants to do just that: collaborate.

The goal of this blog is to generate an open-source effect: opening up the discussions from within the masterclass to the rest of the world. Let this be a call for everyone to participate and join or start a debate.
Eventually, this blog will be printed as a book. An additional DVD with the open-source versions (Creative Commons license) of the participants masterclass-projects will be available afterwards. So if you post something to this blog, you are co-authoring the book.


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Next workshop

Hi all of you,

This is a test to post on this blog by mail.
I can also announce that there will be an additional lecture by in the next workshop by Martine Huvenne. She will talk about her own research project related to theories and work of Laban, Vertov, Schaeffer,...
I stumbled upon a very nice remake/re-activiation/remix of Vertovs movie "The Man With a Moviecamera" Check it out at This database film project also reminds me of a work of Mark Amerika called Grammatron, an early Net-art work ( Mark will lecture in the last workshop "Space", check out his homepages.

Bram Crevits


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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

a christmas gift!

Just finished uploading videos from the first workshops to vimeo. They are all gathered in an album for the Cimatics Masterclass.

If any of you has a vimeo account, I'd be happy to add to the videos' credits. Marius is there! =)

Here are some free bits:

For more, go to the album!

Hello, ppl!

I'm Gabriel Menotti, the brazilian guy with the camera. I took part in the first workshop as a listener. Unfortunately, I'll not make it to the next ones. =/ But I'll try and follow your projects here in the blog, and contribute with some random rants.

Right now, I'm a PhD student at the Catholic University of São Paulo. My relation to live a/v is a bit exotic. During my MA, I researched the differences between the movie theater and the vj arena. Moreover, since 2003, I'm part of a grassroots film society called Cine Falcatrua (which means "hoax" or "scam" in portuguese).

Cine Falcatrua aims to emulate the cinematographic circuit using domestic technologies, questioning audiovisual distribution and exhibition within a new media ecology. We started downloading movies off the internet to exhibit in public screenings. At the present time, we are more into doing FLOS/DIY movie exhibitions, remix film festivals and videogame championships in movie theaters.

look for links scattered in this post =)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dynamics & Interaction in live A/V performances - Eavesdropper

Dear participants,

Since time is limited i wanted to ask you all to send me some more info on the projects you have in mind for the very near future, preferably related to the Cimatics Masterclass. I'm obviously specifically interested in questions you might have related to sound and/or music, and to make most of our time together, my aim through this question is to approach things in a personal way, rather than a general way of stating the obvious. So please take a brief moment to consider the audio-part of your work and i'll be glad to shine my light on it. Please send your suggestions, questions, remarks.... to eavesdropper [@] knobsounds dot com
Looking forward to meet you all.


...and actually there are several links in my long text below... I didn't know it wouldn't show any color difference... it shows when you move the mouse over the text... sorry;-)

...and why not use the opportunity? Merry Christmas! Lotta


I'm Lotta. I'm a freelance dance artist. I'm involved in various projects with various roles; dancer, choreographer, project leader and teacher. My reality nowadays is based on studies at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, a 10 year performing background and further studies in pedagogics and various creative workshops.

I have collaborated with artists from the audiovisual field but I don't have much technical experience myself. As an example I've been dancing structured improvisation in sensory spaces, worked with motion-capture and I've been dancing in dance-films.

Apart from stage productions I have a great passion for working site specifically. I've been performing at a coke-plant in Germany, a water power station in the north of Sweden and on top of an airforce plane (in the hangar;-) for an EU-meeting in Sweden.

Lately my focus have been a lot on MOVE, which is a stage art project involving artists from four different countries that I project lead. In 2007 I also created a short film called "If ever so Temporary" together with F. J. Depickere and Parkrokker which is my only activity in Belgium before attending this masterclass.

Looking forward to see you all soon again!


hello world(s)

Hello guys!!
i am sorry I ve been away from this blog since now, i've got
busy days and only now i found some time to take care of our electronic
shared garden. Let me give my 2p and feed it a bit with some pics of
my last project i am messing with in these months!

these are little excerpts from a series of experiments dealing with the notions of emergence and complexity i am always been fascinated with.
In particular lately I am inspired by the thoughts of Ilya Prigogine, a chemist and researcher at Solvey Institute here in Bruxelles who in the '50 studied the behaviors of complex systems -as such as fluids in the thermodinamic laws- and noted how from aparentely chaotic and instable systems order and stability can emerge.
His seminal work is been not only used in the exact science fields but also extended to social sciences phenomena and helped the rise of a kind of complexity studies in the '70-'80, leading to the recent speculations obout a deep ecology aproach and a paradigm where the human and his technology urges to seek new ways to be in equilibrium in his surrounding environment.
I noticed how this emerging of shapes/order from noise/chaos and the study of the fluids dynamics of Prigogine has a perfect visualization/sonification counterpart in the CG technique of particle systems and the sound granular synthesis approach.
With software implementing such tecniques -i am actually using max/msp/jitter - i am trying to render the behaviors of very alrge amounts of small particle reacting to simple laws and see -and hear- how this behaviors can let emerge symple forms from aparently chaotic systems.
that's all in a very embryonic state, and i am just experimenting on how this can lead to a coherent body of work and to a livemedia performance too.
If is someone's interest i can post some patch i'm working on.. also some suggestion+implementations+critics would be welcomed!!
see y soon..

Exhibition - Announcement

Also a little late but for those who are in or around Ghent this week --- Kristof is organizing an exhibition with a focus on "space" which will open this wednesday and last for three more days - Sander van Raemdonck and me are contributing and showing work that stands in relation with Kristof's... would be nice to meet you there (opening, 19.12.07 - 20h)...

Wat deze drie jonge kunstenaars gemeen hebben, is dat hun werk is betrokken op plaats en/of ruimte, zij het elk vanuit een andere invalshoek.

Sander Van Raemdonck (atelier Grafiek)
Het werk van Sander ent zich op de neveneffecten van de om zich heen grijpende urbanisatie. Vooral ongedefinieerde, 'functieloze' plaatsen trekken zijn aandacht: braakliggende terreinen die lijken te ontsnappen aan elke stedelijke functie, door bouwpromotoren vergeten tussenplaatsen zonder bestemming, ruimtes verscholen achter billboards, ... .
Begrippen zoals junk-space (Rem Koolhaas) en niet-plaats laten Van Raemdonck toe deze thematiek te problematiseren.
Zijn beelden zijn uiterst streng geconstrueerde landschappen die met een minimum aan figuratieve elementen (verwijzend naar stellages) gestalte geven aan prototypische functieloze plaatsen. Plaatsen die sporen zijn van een doelloze stedelijke activiteit.

Kristof De Borle (atelier Grafiek)
Het werk van Kristof De Borle laat zich misschien het best omschrijven als een constant zoektocht naar een beeldtaal die de toeschouwer de innerlijke, abstracte wereld van het denken zelf tracht te laten ervaren. Daartoe transformeert hij ruimtes tot quasi-virtuele landschappen waarin eerder abstracte grafische vormen die refereren naar alledaagse voorwerpen, uiterst secuur worden geprojecteerd in een minimaal uitgezette geometrisch omgeving. Inspiratiebronnen voor deze landschappen zijn o.a. de geheugenkunst (het traktaat Ad Herennium) en de schilderijen naar kerkinterieurs van Pieter Jansz Saenredam. Objectivering,vervreemding en virtualiteit zijn vaste begrippen in De Borles werk.

Michael Langeder
In het werk van deze jonge Oostenrijkse kunstenaar (met een opleiding architectuur), wordt de stad gebruikt als drager voor live-audiovisuele interventies. Onder de noemer 'Guerilla Projections' ontwikkelde hij een mobiele computer-projectieset waarmee hij de stad intrekt. Voor deze tentoonstelling werkt Langeder op dezelfde manier, maar dan in een binnenruimte, met als centraal element een maquette met reflecterende elementen.

'Eetavontuur'/Tom Vandenberghe
Tom Vandenberghe is een culinaire creatieveling van het zuiverste soort. De term kookkunst is hier zeker van toepassing. Tom is gespecialiseerd in de Oosterse keuken en werkt momenteel aan een project rond de Oosterse street-food-cultuur.
Eetavontuur organiseert workshops en culinaire reizen.
Speciaal voor de opening van de tentoonstelling creëert Vandenberghe op het werk van de drie kunstenaars geïnspireerde hapjes.

Friday, December 14, 2007

litle late
here is some of my latest works
it was for an outdoor exhebition
see you soon
more pictures are coming...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

live a/v project research "space & place" #2

Expo 58 in Brussel

- Atomium

"The Atomium is a structure that is half way between sculpture and architecture, symbolising an iron of cristal, magnified 165 billion times. Throughout the ages, man has sought to give architectural expression to his desire for height; towers, pyramids, belfries, cathedrals,…
The Atomium, in particular, embodies the audacity of an epoch that seeks to confront the destiny of man with scientific discovery."

By Mr. A. Waterkeyn

- Le poeme electronique

Originally performed during the universal exhibition of Bruxelles in 1958.
A mix of colors, lights, sounds, voices, images and electroacoustic music.
As Le Corbusier said himself : "Le Poème électronique se propose de montrer, au sein d'un tumulte angoissant, notre civilisation partie à la conquête des temps modernes".
"Le poeme electronique proposes to show,within a distressing tumult, our civilization on her way to conquest modern times"

This was the one of the first live audiovisual performances.
The Phillipspaviljoen does not exist anymore.

By Le Corbusier, Varese & Xenakis

Monday, December 10, 2007

live a/v project research "space & place"

Researching the space & place for live audiovisual art.

"Beyond the white walls of the gallery, the black box of the theatre or the darkened interior of the cinema, there are other forms of expression where the relationship between artist and place is of primary importance. An artist’s response to the qualities and conditions of a particular place is central to the development of a project." Artangel

Genius loci;
‘spirit of the place’
The prevailing character or atmosphere of a place.

- The search for a space (in brussel)
- Research on the place (qualities & conditions)
- Developing the project (based on space & place)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

I am eyekino

I am eyekino, I create, I am a mechanical eye.
Show you the world as I see it.
Now and forever, I free myself from human immobility.
I am in constant motion, I draw near then away from objects.
Maneuvering in the chaos of movement.
Starting with movements composed of the most complex combinations
for exploration, from the chaos of visual phenomena that fills space.
Eyekino lives and moves in time and space.
She gathers and records impressions in a different form than the human eye.

Monday, December 03, 2007

hello from olga

Hi all,

Sorry for leaving earlier at the first week without say goodbye. I had been suffering from severe neck-aches all week, and on thursdays I just had enough..
I have enjoyed first edition very much. Especially proccessing was very cool.

>> short introduction here: My name is Olga and I work as a media artist in Eindhoven, Netherlands. I have been working on various interdisciplinairy projects in the fields of live visual performance, interactive installations, video-productions.

I also curate audiovisual arts and live cinema events. (State of the Image, Imageradio, Plaza+>>jan. 2008).

Looking forward to the 2nd week, next year!


Sunday, December 02, 2007

Random images #2

This time from the exhibition of Holger Lippman at Mediaruimte. Running as realtime software, these pieces are self-running and autonomous of the artist, yet are clearly connected to concepts of live cinema. See this text by Inke Arns for a discussion of the performative qualities of software.

Cimatics 220 Holger Lippmann - Minimal Garden
Holger Lippmann - Minimal Garden

Cimatics 223 Holger Lippmann - Minimal Garden
Holger Lippmann - Minimal Garden

Cimatics 211 Holger Lippmann
Holger Lippmann - Groundtracker 2

Cimatics 176 Lab[au] - Pixflow #2
Lab[au]: Pixflow

A late hello...

I just realized I still hadn't posted anything on the blog, so here I am. First of all, I want to thank all the people who came to or were involved in the Masterclass, the Cinematic Experience conference and Cimatics. I had a great time in Brussels and I hope you did too.

To start the ball rolling, here are some random images from the festival:

Cimatics 075 AV City opening - Errorsmith, Adapteur 6x6
Errorsmith, Adapteur 6x6

Cimatics 161 Scott Arford
Scott Arford

Cimatics 137 Otolab
Otolab: Op7

Cimatics 109 Otolab
Otolab: Op7

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

hi all, here are the titles/artists of some of the dvd's time was too
short for
ken jacobs - celestial subway lines / salvaging noise (tzadik)
peter liechti and voice crack - kick that habit
people like us - films
mormelade + -rec paal 98 (veglia records)
xander marro - long journey on the arms of death
kurt hentschläger and ulf langhreinrich - granular synthesis (index)
lee ranaldo and leah singer - drift (plexifilm)
robin fox - backscatter (synesthesia)
the haters - hater t.v. (rrrecords)
v.a. - ohm+ the early gurus of electronic music (ellipsis arts)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Billy Roisz

my name is Billy Roisz - I am a video- and sound artist based in Vienna/Austria.
My domain is video feedback and all kinds of audio/video interaction - but always based onanalogue equipment - at least on the image side. My main instrument is an old Panasonic video mixing desk, but I also use various types of trash cams, videoswitchers, selfbuilt devices. I am doing a lot of live performances with various musicians and other video/film artists in the field of experimental, improvised, noise music. But I also work on single screen videos, which are distributed by sixpackfilm/Vienna and Lightcone/Paris.
On thursday during the masterclass I will do a short performance to give you an idea of my work. I will also show you some of my videoworks and some of my favourite historical videos/films connected to the theme of my MC "electric synaesthetic".
If you are up for it, we will also do some hands on work - so everyone who ownes a cam should bring it, also some cams with AV input for recording analogue video would be great. If anyone works with sound - please bring some recordings and/or your instruments(including computer, electronics, whatever....).

You can watch some of my videos on my website


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Jean-Paul Frenay ( aka rx )

Hi everyone,

// born in Siegen (Germany), I came to Brussels 10 years ago to study cinematography at the Belgian filmschool In.Ra.Ci. I worked for several years as a flame artist at ace digital house before starting my career as a director mainly in commercials and music videos. I'm actually represented by T42films for the Belgian market.
// loving motion graphics, photography, web/graphic design, sushi and so much more.
I'm always trying to find other ways to express and challenge myself that's why I'm attempting this masterclass.

check out my website for more infos


// working on the first album of my new project "I am the phoenix"
// developing the second commercial for the company socles
// preparing a music video for soul designer's next single

(stills from the latest commercial I've developed which will be featured on next month's stash issue)
watch it here

hiii and welcome to my class next wednesday!
we'll work with pure and coloured light from 16mm projectors. i'll
bring 4 of them, bring yours too if possible.
apart from making my own films and music i teach audiovisual arts and
sometimes make film programmes.
here's the programme i recently made for for argos' video vortex
and this one plays december 1st at cinema sphinx for (k-raa-k)3's pause
festival and december 2 in worm, rotterdam:

all the best, floris vanhoof

Friday, November 16, 2007

Michael Langeder

hi all,

shortly introducing myself >> studied architecture in graz, valencia and caracas // living since feb07 in ghent (be) // dealing with live generated motion graphics using PURE DATA and GEM // latest project: guerilla projections // just finished a music video for michael fakesch // currently working on a installation for track, muziekcentrum, kortrijk // part of flimmerflitzer

(still from "structures" live a/v performances - in cooperation with bernardo risquez (caracas, ven)

Dear participants,...

You now have access to this blog. Note that everything posted here will be printed as a book and published on a DVD at the end of the masterclass. But may I ask: please forget this compelling consequence as soon as possible and start blogging. Just post everything you think might be interesting for the masterclass and let yourself go in comments and discussions.
To start with, it would be nice if you could present yourself to your fellow participants and future teachers. You can upload text, video and pictures for that.

Friday, November 09, 2007

We are full!

We are very proud to announce that we found some excellent candidates. All of them are invited for the Cimatics Festival! Thanks and congratulations to all of you.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Call is closed now

We received a lot of interesting motivation-files. Especially the diversity of applicants backgrounds is very promising. By the end of next week everyone will get news about his or her candidature.

Friday, August 31, 2007

A second and a minute

Hello world,
A second test for a one hot minute post.

Bye all.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

While making this blog a nice mail came in! I'll make it my first post:
it is the new banner for the Cimatics festival.