Now in its sixth year, the London based festival of music, sound, art and technology is a leading international event for anyone interested in the theory and practice of how new technologies are shaping and changing the way musicians, DJs, VJs, digital artists, audiovisualisers and creative software developers make and present their work. The festival brings together a vibrant community of sonic and audiovisual innovation, nurtures new talent and showcases the freshest and latest work in the field.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Cybersonica (curated by Lewis Sykes from Cybersalon) and the new Kinetica Museum (Old Spitalfields Market, London).
The Exhibition is running six weeks, from the 19th May to 29th June 2007 (open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 6pm)
I’m honoured that I’ve been selected with two works: the kII 2.1 was selected as an commissioned artwork – and Kontaktstation is shown as an existing work.
Of course there are other artists as well, such as the famous and very lovely Max Eastley who is exhibiting a wonderful sonic artwork called “Phantom Drawings of a Procession of Ghosts”: steel wires dancing on paper. Unfortunately there’s a bit of sound pollution (I feel a bit ashamed that my work is also a source of this noise :-x ).
A very interesting work comes from Martin Hesselmeier and Karin Lingnau from Cologne called SARoskop: a matrix of 25 tubes visualizing electronmagnetic waves that can be interactively triggered by involving activity on mobile phones. But even without extra input, there are quite lots of waves in London City.
Two very lovely pieces come from Andy Huntington and Julie Freeman: Andy Huntington was also commissioned with his “tapTap” work: small boxes where you can tap onto. The boxes remember the tapped rhythm and tap exactly that same rhythm timeshifed. A similar work – but totally different – has been done by Julie Freeman, called “Specious Dialogue”. This (also commissioned) piece consists of two rubbery boxes where one can make noises (talk/sing/whatever) into one box and these sounds get transmitted to the other box where you can then hear your altered input.
Also to be seen: an “AV Arcade Table” by Gavin Morris, “Percussion 2001” by the well-known german artist Peter Vogel and some pieces from Martin Riches.
Lu Clarke & Jaye Ho have build “Collaboration 1” where you can stamp your feet to trigger sand-filled speakers and there’s also an interesting “Tactile Interactive Sequencer” with magnetic input from Spaceman Technology. Rob Mullender is showing the “Continuous Profile of Yvgeny Murzin”.
The Sancho Plan performed at the launch party: This is a great electro drum-band with stunning visuals controlling realtime effects with their sticks. If you’re at Ars Electronica this year, you should not miss their concert!
The following videos were taken from Lisa Devaney at the beginning of the launch party. A big thanks goes to body > data > space who did a wonderful performance demonstrating how the Kontaktstation works.
· Cybersonica SOUNDWAVES at Kinetica Museum, Old Spitalfields Market, London 18th May to 29th June 2007, opened from Wednesday to Sunday, Entry is free