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JULY 27 ::: Presentation I: LIVE – FRGMENTS, SCAN LINES & Special Afterparty with DJ Andy Ortmann
JULY 28 ::: Presentation II: LIVE – SCAN LINES, FRGMENTS
JULY 29 ::: Presentation III: Installation with Artist Talk
[ALTERNATE SUNDAY LOCATION: Silent Funny]
This series is made possible with the generous support of the mediaThe foundation.
Scan Lines is a multimedia performance moving through three structured improvisational states. Incorporating dance and sound with video synthesis and feedback, the audience experiences states of energy transference from the performers to each other as well as from camera through analog processing and synthesis. This work is presented to create larger dialog about the root of consciousness and unexplainable universal phenomenon surrounding near death experiences.
Scan Lines is inspired by the entheogenic meditations performed over several years by creator Kim Alpert. This meditation practice is part of Kim’s process to best understand death and its surrounding issues by sitting as the witness of momentary totality. With her established visual language of electronics and video art, combined with signal searching from a young age, the representations are often offered to her through analog video symbology. She seeks to recreate the feeling of these experiences for audiences to provide a window into the clarity and peace this practice have given her. To find a calming uncertainty, like that of watching a string untangle, Scan Lines, like these mediations themselves, has the fluidity to change in each incarnation revealing new information as it unfolds.
Special thanks to Signal Culture for providing a means to explore and research the development of this project.
by Julien Bayle
FRGMENTS combines audio-visual live performance with an autonomous installation showing the permanent disruption of a continuous sound & visual flow.
FRGMENTS is a real-time programmed system that displays pre-shot video footage and then, assembles the clips again, sorts them, and cuts them time-wise, scrambling the playing order and space to create unexpected time loops and collages.
It runs a specific generative narration which changes based on context – the installation version is autonomous, but the live performance version is more controlled. The system generates sound, including parts that were partially written using rules and algorithms specific to the project. Each one plays with metric, bars, time, and loop concepts.
FRGMENTS is inspired by the cut-up concept/technique, created by Brion Gysin and deeply applied, especially, by William S. Burroughs, but also by Tristan Tzara and his folding techniques. Since the 20s Dadaists have used decontextualization & recycled work to create new pieces, sometimes new texts as Burroughs did, but also new paintings, as Ellsworth Kelly did.
FRGMENTS displays human video portraits without any specific facial expression, all shot under the same conditions, systematically and almost-scientifically in the same posture, the same framing, rotating, or static. This footage serves raw matter and FRGMENTS proposes a complete time-wise and space-wise recomposition of the video sequence. Each time, the show creates a new experience that is permanently and constantly generated and regenerated.
FRGMENTS intensively involves senses by exploring perception itself. By using very intense sensory involvement, FRGMENTS tries to show the artist’s obstinacy in trying to understand who the other is and what it can feel.