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.


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.