Welcome to the Performing Media exhibition, a companion to the Performing Media Festival 2019. We have many events this year please click here for a full listing. This exhibition features artists from around the world. All works specifically focus on real-time media, which includes recordings of live performance, generative processes, and edits of real-time captures.
Artists featured in the exhibition are Christopher Biggs, Ted Davis, Mathew Schlanger, James Connolly, Karl Erickson, Sara Goodman, Debora Bernagozzi & Jason Bernagozzi, Paloma Kop, Kevin Kripper, Jonathan Gillie, and Toby Kaufmann-Buhler.
INFORMATION ABOUT ARTWORKS
Christopher Biggs, 2017
Entanglement was written for and is dedicated to Nora Lewis. The work abstractly reflects on quantum entanglement, a phenomenon whereby the state of individual particles, even when separated by large amounts of space, can not be described independently from the other particles. The work presents various musical and visual material at the beginning, each of which then has a section that focuses on presenting that material.
The vast majority of the audio and visual events are dependent on the instrumental performance. The work presents a web of connections across time, within each audio and visual layer, and between media. This work would not have been possible without the generous support of a Technology Grant from the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University.
Ted Davis, 2018
OscillWalker explores a generative line with oscillating movements through three-dimensional space while a virtual camera attempts to keep up. It was filmed by rescanning a modified Vectrex vector display. Furthermore it explores possibilities of XYscope, a library by Ted Davis for Processing that converts vector graphics to audio in order to be redrawn using a vector display (oscilloscope, Vectrex, laser) – in which the left/right and up/down path movements are translated to left/right stereo audio (two oscillators with custom waveforms). With a direct correlation between the visual and audio components, the resulting film explores techniques for creating visual music using new + newer media.
XYscope » teddavis.org/xyscope/
Still from Black Dog Dreams
Black Dog Dreams
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Bug Eyed Ramrod
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My image processed video works are serial constructions that are created with custom-built analog and digital processors. Each section is a synthesized real time recording where sound and image are parallel structures often mutually controlled by predetermined events... read more
2019 Romp Through the Sandin
Image Processor, 8:55
Still from Romp Through the Sandin
In 1973 Dan Sandin created the now legendary video Five-minute Romp Through the IP, demoing the patch-programmable computer he created the same year. Anticipating today’s open source culture, Sandin freely distributed instructions on copying the instrument, enabling several versions of the system to be built by video artists around the world, a few of which are still up and running nearly half a century later. In 2019 Romp Through the Sandin Image Processor, James Connolly runs Sandin’s 1973 video through an Image Processor preserved and updated by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department. Using a patch that fully exploits the tool’s video synthesis and processing capabilities, the artist reveals historical device’s renewed potency in context of the digital present.
How to Heal with Color
8min 15sec, 2018
live audio-visual performance
"How To Heal With Color" is a real-time performance mixing video and sound. The performance is an action to unite the viewer's sense of color with the awareness of their own bodily states, leading from awareness to tension to release.
It has been performed at The Oilwick Gallery, Indianapolis, IN on June 16, 2018 as part of the Mid-West AudioVisual Artist collective.
Aeon is a digital dome performance by Jason & Debora Bernagozzi. In greek mythology, Aeon represented the god of all timelines happening at once. Inspired by this spherical notion of time, the artists explore movement & color taken from personal essay films and map it onto live, realtime geometries.
Selected Video works
Full recording of my solo experimental a/v performance on October 20, 2018 at Transient Visions Film Festival, Spool Mfg., Johnson City, NY.
The performance closed out the festival following an evening of experimental film screenings.
Raster Scan Forms, 2018.
Footage recorded at Signal Culture in Owego, NY. Original sound.
Cascading Bits, 2018.
Fugitive Dream Recovery is a series of collaborative audio-visual experiments by Bobby Pharaoh and Paloma Kop.
Study in Colour and Form I-IV
3min 25sec, Colour/Sound
4:3 Aspect, 1400 x 1080
Apple Pro Res, PAL
Study in Colour and Form I-V - As part of my practice I often make small sketches, they can act as a release from larger projects and are useful in trying out new techniques and approaches. Study in Colour and Form I-V began as just that, a number of 30 second sketches around an interest in working with simple geometric shapes and a need to experiment further with colour.The source material was produced on a modest LZX video synthesiser, manipulated in real time either via the synth itself or through the manipulation of the camera I used to film the results. The material was then masked, layered and edited in After Effects to produced a series of forms that combine both the mark making potential of analogue and the precision of digital editing.
Selected Video works
A video and sound piece made in real time using a simple visual input, with a BPMC Fluxus modulating the signal, and an audio input (a software-manipulated singing saw) as an impulse effect on the visual signal. This unlikely sound input stimulates the color and movement along the flow of the signal.
This work was made while at an artist residency at Signal Culture (Owego, New York) during January 2017. I arrived and began the residency just as Donald Trump was being inaugurated as president, and during that week he signed a flurry of executive orders, most of which proved to be highly controversial. “Imaginary Wall Paper” is a distilled reaction to one of those orders. This video was brought about through working with the real-time processes of the analog video equipment available at Signal Culture, and completed with subsequent digital editing.
Selected Video works
Still from Captain!
Left CRT: Captain!
Middle CRT: Remnantz
Right CRT: Easter Island.
ethereal_interface is an audio/visual duo comprised of Sara Goodman and William Randall. Randall is a Florida based musician working with analog equipment, modular synths, and video gear. Sara Goodman is a Chicago based poet, visualist, and performer working with old and new video tech/gear. The three videos in this show are part of a larger series called Dream Logs which will eventually be released as a visual album of sound, poetry, and video feedback explorations. Sara and William met in the online group Video Circuits and began to collaborate long distance. Their shared love of modified or bent tech, experimentation, process based work, and performance drew them together to work on this project.
Studies on Feedbackteria
generative video, Vsynth, 2018
Vsynth is a modular digital video synthesizer and image processor expansion package for Max/MSP/ Jitter by Kevin Kripper. This patch belongs to a series of Vsynth configurations that explores deep inside videofeedback, those places where you get pattern formations that look and sometimes also behave like primitive forms of life.
"By ‘artifacts’ I mean that I have to share the creative process with the machine. It is responsible for too many elements of this work. These images come to you as they came to me—in a spirit of exploration." -Woody Vasulka