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, January 09, 2008


This is the idea about live animation that I worked/spoke about with specially Filip and Ambra. Down below is our idea filtered through my brain, and as we spoke with Boris... it's still totally open, so see it as inspiration if you wanna contribute.

the live animation of a contemporary body


Through both real and videoprojected changes we transform two people between each other, age, looks and gender. With a surreal language punch at beauty industry, look behind facial transformations as smiles, yawnings and surgery. Wishing to awake thoughts and also create a bit of disgust.

Raw, naked, dark, dirty, abused, infected, (secret plastic surgery clinic?).
Movements inspired by clay animated movies.

Brown, blood, sepia

visual set up:

two people (A&B), one on each side of a rectangular room (prefearably man and woman...)

one camera catching person A who with a projector is projected on person B on the other side of the room, a second set up going the other way around.

video mixer chosing who is projected upon.

Additional projecting material (prerecorded)

set up audio:

prerecorded voice fragments of different people, sometimes synced with prerecorded video material.

loudspeaker by each person in the space

maybe small microphones for live speach (person A's voice through B's speaker...)


Image fitting and live lip sync!

Stands on the long side of the room, able to see actions in both directions.
the focus shifts from right to left, sometimes left person is projected on the right and at other times right person on the left. Sometimes prerecorded material (possible on both?)

"minimal" live physical movements from 2 dancers (ex. inspired by Butho)
clay animations (transforming body parts, ex perfect boobs deforming, both live and on video)
changing layers of clothes
layers of nylon stockings
bodypaint (maybe skin colored light pink)

+prerecorded visual material consisting of actions and transformation on high speed, different people of different ages probably shot in the same environment(?) as performing. (Eating, talking, being)

+prerecorded voices. Private sounds laughters, farts, humming and also maybe jibberjabber "surgery statements" ex: " create the look that you deserve we need to dig into the core of your knee capsule and remodulate the essence of your smooth muscle device"

maybe body double in clay to be able to walk out on your own person (nice ending... like leaving your body... could be nice with a movement breakout in silence as an answer to the audiovisual abuse...)

flat in Brussels

I totally like your idea, but as I said in the workshop it's hard for me to leave my home base (Stockholm) much more than I already do. I will think of ways for me to contribute even if I can't be physically present as much as I wish.


Hello everyone,

This blog is the perfect environment/space for not forgetting all the interesting stuff we are hearing or learning from the artists/theoreticans who have given workshops.
The workshops often have a heavy 'weight': we get so much different input (wich is positive), we learn new and get to see many things (also from each other), that it's sometimes very difficult to find some kind of a structure in it.
That's why I felt this certain need to just write some things that kept hanging in my memory-space since the last two Masterclass weeks, by using this blog.
I know we have to make plans for our projects and all that, but I often like to press the pause-bar to 'stop and see and/or goïng into the past' instead of the future.
This brings me to my idea >> rewind <<: STOP and/or go to the past, using your memory-space, find a structure and put it on the blog.

I'll use this method in something I found amazing.

First recollection: As I stop and I go back in time, I remember, and I try to visualize the past workshops, there's something that sticks somewhere in my head: a detail of a work of Marius Watz. On you will see the work am referring to. But the thing you won't see because of the bad resolution of the movie, is the thing I will talk about. When a certain soundfrequency was added by Marius, the circles of his work started to get bigger to a point where you were almost 'in the circles'. What I liked about this but was not the intention of his work I guess was the texture you saw on the edges of the circles; you could amost feel or touch the circle because of it's texture. But then, when the frequency got lower the circles got smaller and the texture flowed away.

This simple structure brings me to the simple conclusion that I feel greath with the idea of almost-touching/feeling a pure virtual moving image... So maybe these last words could be a project proposal.
I personally think that it's very interesting to start from an abstract level like this in creating ideas for a project. So I freely invite you all to make use of this pause-button by using this blog. From there on things might automatically grow in maybe a more philosophical direction but still open practical guides.