Last december, just before holiday madness, Epix opened again. The exhibition, themed “The End”, opened on december 21 and dealt with the apocalypse.
My work, called 10 Iteraties (10 Iterations), shows 10 iterations of a short clip of Robert Oppenheimer saying “I am now become Death, the destroyer of Worlds”, more severely distorted with every iteration. I used several databending techniques to generate the video.
The full title, kālo’smi lokakṣayakṛtpravṛddho lokānsamāhartumiha pravṛttaḥ, is the phrase from the Bhagavat Gita in original Sanskrit.
During a dreary weekend in the summer, there was another Epix exhibition, this time on another location. The theme was Transitional Invasion.
Unfortunately, the work I had planned, an interactive surround sound installation, was DOA. As a stop gap work, I presented a computer/video work instead, the one I had already shown during Nachtkerk #8 (see some posts below).
Anything But Paint was immediately followed by another exhibition called Anything With Paint. The idea was to present paintings with unusual media and unusual surfaces.
My work, Procedural 1, was again a procedural work:
I made a sound recording in the gallery;
I opened the sound file in a graphics editor;< br />
Reduced the resulting image to its graphical essence;
I used the image as the basis for a painting. The medium I chose was mud.
I used mud because it’s the most base medium for a painting. The mud I used came from the banks of the Rhine, because at this point (Arnhem) it’s matter collected from all countries along its course.
The work progressed during the week of the exhibition. Afterwards, I wiped the wall clean and returned the mud, now mostly dry, to the river.
As promised (in april) some footage from the Anything But Paint exhibition.
My installation, called Sigil 1.0, was an interactive computer piece.
Sigil is a procedural piece:
For every word in a sentence, which will remain secret, an image was found on Google;
Every image was then treated to reduce it to its graphical essence;
These images were then placed in a 3D space which responded to the viewer’s presence and activity.
I set up a video installation for the last proper Nachtkerk event, april 4th 2011. Never got around to post the video until now.
The installation is based on some of the videos I made for crib.sheet except they respond to the music the DJs played. It ran for 6 hours straight in a noisy and damp environment and was stable as a rock.
Recorded for the Knorr preview at the Dagschotel party, feb 11 2012. Very rough mix because of a beat up soundsystem and no monitors. The crowd certainly didn’t mind.
Recorded with my Zoom H2, gear was a pair of Pioneer CDJ-1000 mk3s and a Pioneer Mixer.
This mix represents the other side of what I tend to spin.
It’s been nearly a year since my last message. Stuff got in the way and I kind of got fed up with the site as it was.
So, I decided to write a theme from scratch. It’s mostly the first version of my site with bits updated. It’s HTML5 now, too.
There are some bugs to be fixed (probably in the hackiest of ways) but I’m mostly happy.
I’ve been busy, too. Booked some great acts in the first half of 2011, did some video art (clip TBA) and I’ve mostly been DJing (mixes TBA). And I’m learning how to write wordpress themes from scratch. Great fun.
On friday 11 february I played a set at Bosch Acousmatic. Apart from the usual tape stuff, I ran my set through a pd patch on my netbook. This went very well.
The evening was opened by The Acoustic Electric Chamber Orchestra. TAECO are Steven Vinkenoog and Frank Baijer who play guitars, balalaikas and toy microphones. The room and silence play a large part in their music. The set they played last friday was truly mesmerizing.
My set included more synthetic tones. I started with a drone which returned later in my set. I also used unprocessed field recordings to contrast the processed noisiness.
My usual rollercoaster of feedback loops was completed with a Pure Data patch. Pure Data, Pd for short, is Max/MSP’s half sibling and is an impressive piece of Free software. My patch isn’t very impressive but worked very well and the bits and pieces it was built from are available for download here.
Unfortunately, I forgot to switch on my Zoom H2, so no recordings. NOOOOOOO