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Yesterday I visited the solo exhibition Future Bodies of Bart Hess at the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Bart Hess is a young Dutch artist/designer who shot to fame with his Slime Dress for Lady Gaga in 2011. Crossing boundaries between design, fashion and art, his oeuvre is a series of studies into materiality, (virtual) reality and technology. He is fascinated by the human body, which he tends to cloak in ways that have little to do with styling or fashion and more with performance art and science fiction. High-tech materials seem to merge with the skin of the models he uses for his studies. In the last ten years he has moved from recording his work in video or photography towards more theatrical pieces that want to engage and envelop the viewer in a new kind of reality.

Punk: Pins and Needles is a video by Ruth Hogben and Bart Hess, presented by fashion film platform ShowStudio and included in the Future Bodies exhibition:

 

To learn more about the works of Bart Hess check this video in the Dutch Profiles series on YouTube on Dutch designers:

 

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Telcosystems are a collaboration of multimedia artists, which are based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In their audiovisual works Telcosystems research the relation between the behavior of programmed logic and the human perception of this behavior; they aim in their work at an integration of human expression and programmed machine behavior. This  results in the audiovisual installations they make, in films, videos, soundtracks, prints and in live performances.

They have released a very remarkable audiovisual work:… a book called Resonanz . Instead of the usual audio/video stream combination in audiovisual art works presented in the Visual noise series, this book combines 12 sound compositions with 12 computer generated images printed in the book. You can plug a headphone into the book, to hear the sound piece belonging to an image printed on spread pages of the book. Sound and image of a page were generated by the same electronic signal, so you experience a resemblance between the two. This combined provides the audiovisual experience of the piece:

 

 

The book was on display in the Klokgebouw exhibition during the last Dutch Design Week held in Eindhoven last year. And you can buy the book in two limited editions of 200 copies each for 245,- or 395,- euros on the Telcosytems website. This is too expensive for me, so i’ll stick with the video of the book displayed above. However, the combination between printed images and sounds in such a familiar book format as an audiovisual art piece, was worth a mention in this tech art blog.

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In this edition of Visual Noise a video by Amsterdam based electronic artist and software developer Fabrizio Poce.

The video was made with a Max for Live/Ableton Live application which enables him to improvise with 3D geometries as though they’re an instrument. The music to the video was provided by Dutch DJ/producer NearEarthObject:

 

 

On Fabrizio’s website you will find more intriguing video’s made with his 3D modeling software for Max for Live.

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This time a video in this series with more conventional visuals than usual: “Leyohmi“by  German theremin player Carolina Eyck and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

I have added it because I like the beautiful nature scenes of the video, the thin theremin sounds of Carolina Eyck and the general atmosphere of the video. They seem to fit a Sunday morning:

 

Carolina Eyck is a contemporary master of the theremin, together with Dorit Chrysler and Lydia Kavina. I do have a Moog theremin(i) myself, but it is just one of the many synthesizers in my studio. So I am not as proficient in playing it as those theremin maestros, but know how hard it is to play the thing.  If you like the sounds of this video, I advise you to check them out on YouTube or elsewhere on the web:

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I visited GLOW 2016 yesterday evening. GLOW is an international “light in art and architecture” event held every year in november in my home town, Eindhoven (NL). The event grows bigger  every year. This year it consists of 2 walks: The City walk and the Science walk. Together a 7.5 km hike with light art installation in open air.

Yesterday I did the 4 km City walk, tonight I plan to do the Science walk if weather permits it. The Science walk is through the TU/e Technical University area.

GLOW 2016 has some amazing cutting-edge light art  installations. The video below of Steftiaan Video Producties contains an overview of most of the works on display of this edition:

Highlights of the City walk from my perspective were Axioma from Onionlab at the Stadhuisplein and Flux Appartition: Moving through perception and illusion by 250K, Dynamo, Eyesupply,  The Art of Light and performer Jing Wang.

Flux Appartition might be the best GLOW piece yet! It is a mix of 3D light projections, in a Hologram-ic way (or is it a real dancer?), with music and urban dance into one, compelling, energetic piece of art. The videos below give you an impression of the performance:

The town hall of Eindhoven usually is a very bland 1970’s building. However, the Spanish audiovisual studio Onionlab managed to  turn it into an exiting dynamic experience by projecting a film on it which could be viewed in 3D with the help of a pair of 1 euro cardboard stereoscopic glasses:

And this was only part GLOW 2016, included in the City walk! Can’t wait to see the second part of GLOW 2016 in the Science walk..

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Two weeks ago I bought a very nice book on Belgian multimedia artist Anne Mie van Kerkckhoven’s work at a book discount fair. Yesterday I discovered that she currently has a major exhibition entitled What would I do in Orbit? at Museum Abteiberg in Monchen-Gladbach (Germany), one of my favorite modern art museums.

Coincidences? I don’t think so. So it is time to put the focus on her and her work in this tech art blog with this old video fragment from V2 from 1988 (or 1990?):

Mental Rotation: L’Age d’Or 2 is a video installation, shown at V2_ in 1990, part of the exhibition of the second Manifestation for the Unstable Media. The video was included in the V2_ Compilation for Early Electronic Art I.

BTW: Anne Mie’s website contains over 80 of her videos and films. Pay it a visit!.

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Yesterday the yearly “light in architecture” GLOW 2016 festival has started in Eindhoven. This is only two weeks after the Dutch Design Week (DDW) ended on October, 29  also in Eindhoven and visited by around 300.000 visitors during 9 days!

So there is quite a lot to do these months in my home town. To keep up, I want to look back on the most interesting exhibition of DDW 2016 in my opinion: Will the Future Design us? organized by MAD emergent art center and ViolaVirus, working together as Manifestations@DDW. This exhibition was somewhat hidden in the MicroLab at the Strijp-S area and curated by Viola van Alphen of ViolaVirus, also know as multimedia artist Sandwoman.

The theme of the exhibition was  Hyperreality: a new vision of the future. Will We Design the Future or Will the Future Design Us? with Technology is a useful servant, but a dangerous master as a subtitle. On the exhibition website it says:

“Will the Future Design Us? Man is limited in observations, what happens in a world when these can be manipulated? Do we need an update in perceptions, do we need exoskeletons and other digital plugins? Are digital observation systems more absolute? In a society with Nervous Systems, our behaviour is predicted and affected. How do we regain control on our devices and systems? Will the Future Design Us or can We Design the Future? Manifestations shows the future 10 years ahead, in passwords, virtual reality, artificial social intelligence, hacker culture, digital valuta-mining, internet-of-women-things, it makes a statement and takes you into a world where you actively create your own future. It wants to design the future together, before the future designs us.”

This interesting topic was explored by art works related to robotics, virtual reality, digital fashion, biohacking and artificial intelligence. This short video (in Dutch….sorry) gives a quick overview of the contents of this exhibition:

 

Freek Wieringa demonstrated his impressive new Android/Humanoid exoskeleton robot in the exhibition..:

 

 

And Erik van Veen showed his Mental Institute for Robots in which  caged modems and furbies were behaving very unpredictably, asking the question if robots can have mental disorders? 

 

 

But by far the most impressive piece on display was Harper, the worlds first artificial intelligence experience developed by Johannes Teuns and the Technical University of Twente:

Harper is a 3D projection of a head to which you can ask questions in Dutch and English. It will provide answers to your questions, enabling you to have a real dialogue with an artificial intelligence artifact. I have seen 3D avatars in the past, but never so lifelike as Harper. Harper did not only answer the questions asked to him but also asked questions back to the asker. In effect, a real conversation with the avatar was established.

So far not much information is available on the Harper project of TU Twente: just two very basic websites, with some pictures and an e-mail form, but no videos or any background information. However, this is such a stunning art work (?), that you really want to keep track of it once you have seen and experienced it (in person). So check out these links below. And don’t forget to visit GLOW this week if you are in NL..

 

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