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, February 20, 2008


Cut-up, from previous post remind me you may find interesting a couple of my favorite writers.
Both are mix experts.

William S. Burroughs:
and Kathy Acker, from whom I couldn't find anthing available online to post here for you to read. Here you will find the list of her books

Artists writing as they work

Texts written by artists and books edited by artists are of major importance to define this area of practice and to frame it within art theory context. Historians tend to have a perspective and a bias point of view. Not trying to dismissing their role. As I wrote in this text, soon to be published at Vague Terrain:

'As collaboration is an important feature of these practices, when the subject is theory, the same feature is apparent: theory may now be developed by individuals as part of a collective or even collectively.'

Publishing online, which follow the 80's photocopied fanzines and artist books, it is quite easy. But there are also other ways, as magazines and development of publishing houses. As practitioners, we are the voice of our own practice's construction of theory and history.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Collaboration and process

Documenting the process is sometimes of great help as allows going back and forward to some ideas, thoughts and references we came across while working, at any stage. Realtime audiovisual performance, Isn’t it a visible process of making?
The blog ‘Theory notes to Cimatics Masterclass’ aims at being a collective documentation of ideas that inform the projects in development.
Collective and collaborative work is closely related to the practices of realtime performance. The ‘texts box’ has a collection of written works to share. This is in a way, a temporary, little library about VJing and reatime audiovisual performance, to which all contribute with texts and books and that all can enjoy.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Robert Seidel phyletic museum projection

Hi everyone,

Robert Seidel, the man behind the work of 2minds has created a wonderfully lush new piece designed specifically to be projected onto the Phyletic Museum in Jena, Germany. Seidel explains it as a”35 by 16 meter full facade projection with a corresponding light choreography, ambient music and synced sound effects” that was especially created for the 100th anniversary of the museum in Germany.

check this link for project information
check this link for a quicktime of the projected footage


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

skype meeting tomorrow?

hello guys,
i sent emails yesterday but i received no answer :(
who's gonna be on skype tomorrow for a chat?
tomorrow afternoon at 18.00 is ok? JP? Michael?
Someone else?
bytw my skype is mat_kinotek,
let me know who will join..


Monday, February 11, 2008

Place to sleep

Hi all,

I'm still looking for a place to sleep in/near Brussels from monday night - thursday night.
Can someone help me out with a spare bed?
If possible in Brussels?
Or maybe, if others are also still looking, we can rent a place together near the workshop venue?




Hello Sarah but also, hello everyone else ;-)

Bram referred to VJ Legoman (thinking about the splitted projection and possibilities). So take a look at it. In this way we could also think about the communication, when not determed by square screens,  in landscapes for instance. Certainly if we use Egypt as a startingpoint, it would be amazing  if we could combine our mental and fysical perception more into a projection-world instead forcing a world into that of a projection-screen. Since our work will be constantly in progress, we could also create different worlds wich are not overlapping if we have multiple projection-opportunities; creating two different Egypts in one landscape if you want... 

In this way, they're more experiments that we can do. What about communication disturbers or simply other communicators? If you think about that, every masterclasser could mean a pivot in our landscape that gives ous another communication-reaction. 

Of course, as we already fixed our idea, we will first see where our communication goes, without looking to future results. But I really think we should experiment with a lot of screen-setups in order to give ous more freedom in reacting to each other. 

keep me posted ;-)

transparent screens?


is there anyone who knows more about transparant or semi-transparent projection screens...? What kind of material can we use for it? (it's for my project with Sarah)


Sunday, February 10, 2008

(Away. from. digital. technics)

( Webdings )

:: video :: tracking / motion :: system ::
:: non :: conventional recording/sampling -macro lenses - special cameras ::
:: projection on non-conventional surfaces::

(and hopefully artistic )

- ad. ex. fog, water, etc.
:: turbulence in fog with sounds : fine-record (with 600fps JP's camera) the movement of a speaker -sound- immersed in the fog

(and hopefully artistic )

:: build a projector that rotate on its own axis (25 turns every second) so the frame picture is still
:: modular :: networking project ::

(and hopefully artistic )

:: a modulair system :: of multiple computers connected, generating different :: algorhythms/renders of the same input.
:: i.e. motion-tracking, sound-analyses, hearbeats, etc etc).
:: Then the real core-idea is to get to know

(and hopefully artistic )

MAX/MSP, and learn how to generate CG images from this input to create a unique output
:: rendering and 3D in MAX MSP.
:: it would make sense for me, to spend this money wisely, and invest in this software.

(and hopefully artistic )

Saturday, February 09, 2008

VJ Sarah and Kristof in question.

Hello everyone,

as you might read before, me and Sarah will coöperate in a project. These are some streams of counsiousness thoughts and ideas:
Experimental fase/concept:

- The coörperation between ous is based on the fact that we are both taking part in this workshop to introduce ourself in the woundrous VJ-world.
- We are both unexperienced in Vj-ing since our background is fine art.
- The interesting thing is that we have a completely different vision and way of working in creating art.
- Out of our conversations we concluded that we have an opposit vision but still can complete each other in ideas and to built upon that.
- It's about finding a connection between the properties of our work.

Sarah: Naïvity, associatons, humour, frugality, romantic irony
Kristof: Objectivation, virtuality, alienation, precisely, impressive, memory

We look upon our future - Vj-ing coöperation as a dialog between images. In this way we'll try to find a compromise/melting-together between ous both. Maybe then we could decide to recognise each other as a VJ-duo (instead of deciding that before the actual coöperation). From then on that could be the beginning of a further coörperation. That is why we look at this project as an experiment, a work in progress.

Concrete proposal:

We are goïng to Egypt, Sarah will do this in a fysical way, I will do this in a mental way.
Sarah will be the body, I will be the brains. While fysicial Sarah is in Egypt and mental Kristof is to, we'll communicate each other by posting information on the Masterclass Blog. This could be photos, videos, texts our sounds. It's about taking each other along the other ones journey. At seeïng each other again (after the journey) we'll intent to bring the footage together and work further by a splitted communication method. By this we mean that we'll communicate by projecting images on one screen (each one on the other side of a semi-transparant screen), so that we can see eachothers images but always have two images in one (~a mental and fysical world if you want).

Since we don't know what to expect from each other, it's not obvious to pronounce the final result. But we are enormously curious and feel it as an exciting venture.

Kristof and Sarah

Hello everybody

Can't make it again I have to work
But Kristophe And I decided to work together on a project we are writing about it and we shall send it as soon as possible

Michael I wanted to thank you for the video I really apreciated it
J.P ;I cancelled the doctor because it is a waste of money The results of the recording are just normal heartsounds And that we can find on the internet too I now that it would be more special to actually use my own heartbeat But I just think that is not very interesting We should think further How we can make this idea to work

Wish you all a nice meeting and see you soon

Friday, February 08, 2008

comments on Arnold's post

I would love to try the software tools that you found as downloads. I'm trying to think of what to prepare until next time, do you have suggestions?

I am totally amazed by the Khronos projector. I think it is both a very effective installation to be able to scratch and rub different layers of pre recorded material. As a performative thing it could be insanely beautiful to create a duet between the distorted image and the person touching the screen. I must admit that all technical possibilities make me slightly lost in what I can contribute with. But this Khronos thing is for example something I would die to develop material for.
I think what I can contribute with in a collaboration is unfortunately very basic; Performing/creating material, conceptual development and writing application;-)
Just one thing if one would like to develop a concept using the Khronos projector set up.
How much would it actually cost?

I can be available for a skype-session if there will be a group meeting tomorrow. If I don't hear anything else from you I'll be online at 6pm. My skype name is lottaruth. Further I'm in Belgium already on the 15th and would very much like to meet with some of you during the week-end before the new workshop session.

Looking forward to seeing you soon again. Lotta

Here is a link to a demonstration video of the Khronos projector and a link to a bit simpler distortion prop... my favorite... nylon stockings. I'd like to further explore them...

Thursday, February 07, 2008


as for tomorrow a second meeting round is planned, i would like to suggest to do this via skype so that those not able to go to brussels can participate, too. a group discussion could lead to possible set-ups for experiments during the next workshop - we should outline what people can prepare in advance or/and what tools, etc. we would need...

tomorrow, 8.2. - 6:00pm at skype?

or better "physical meeting" in brussels?

Some links

Hi all,

Some interesting links related to (history of) projection on spatial objects, bodies etc. I want to use these as a starting point for experiments in the next workshop:

This is very interesting, because HC Gilje made software tools available, perfect for experimenting during the next master-class. Also a lot of other articles on his projectblog about his research fellowship.

Great online catalog (of Belgian origin) of pre-cinema projection techniques and more.
For a long time already, i want to do something based on the 18th century 'phantasmagories', especially those of Étienne-Gaspard Robert (artistname Robertson, also of Belgian origin, so this must be the time to do something with it then ;-)

And some amazing time-related stuff: