Conference: Friday talks

Fri. Jan. 24 – Talks at Tyneside Cinema – Digital Lounge


Tony Hill – Doors

09.30       Welcome And Coffee (Coffee/tea and light food provided)
09.45       Introduction
10.00       Keynote 1: Lanfranco Aceti ‘The Long History Of Moving Images Becoming Alive: Materiality And Immateriality Of Architectural Elements, A Comparison Between Roman Baroque And Contemporary Live Visuals’
FridayDay3The relationship between Andrea Pozzo (a Baroque artist) and contemporary live visuals may not be immediately apparent. Nevertheless, with his frescoes in the Church of Sant’ Ignazio in Rome, this painter, architect, stage designer, decorator and art theoretician provided an exemplary usage of images that are reductively called ‘illusionistic.’ Images, a light byproduct, are to be perceived not solely as ‘immaterial’ through the illusory tridimensional representation of traditional holograms and projected visuals on architectural elements but also as an actual material substance able to physically define and shape space – as in Pozzo’s frescoes. The limitations to the contemporary usage of light as a material are a consequence of the complex physical properties of light as well as of restricted metaphysical, philosophical, aesthetic and scientific interpretations of live images, light and optics. The unexplored possibilities of making the ‘immaterial’ light of contemporary projected live visuals a usable material needs to be analyzed in a new 21st century context, shedding old interpretations and assumptions.

Lanfranco Aceti works as an academic, artist and curator and is the founder and Director of OCR and founder and Director of MoCC. He is Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, department of Art and Computing, London; teaches Contemporary Art and Digital Culture at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul; and is Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac. He was the Artistic Director and Conference Chair for ISEA2011 Istanbul and works as gallery director at Kasa Gallery in Istanbul.

11.00       Talk 1: Ozden Sahin ‘How Can We Read “Time” In Real Time Visuals?’
This talk consists of some theoretical considerations on the presence of the concept of time in the production and use of contemporary artworks that make use of real time visuals. Time is intrinsically present in real time visuals as a defining aspect: it almost characterizes the coming to life of the images. Additionally, the pace in the production of media tools that make the images alive impacts their potential for use in different settings. As a third layer, the audience who relates to and interacts with the media also constructs different time conceptions and experiences. This talk aims to present how we can approach time as a concept or an abstract tool that defines, surrounds, and mediates our relationship with media.

Ozden Sahin is a PhD student at the Department of Media & Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her main research interests are new media art curation and the relationship between media art and politics. Since 2009, Ozden has been the Co-Editor at the Leonardo Electronic Almanac. In 2011, she was the Conference and Program Director of ISEA2011 Istanbul: The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art.

11.45       Talk 2: Martin Rieser ‘Secret Garden’
RTV_MartinReiserSecret Garden creates a contemporary version of the Eden myth in the midst of an urban environment. It is one of the first pervasive media digital operas, using hybrid performance. A collaborative work between Andrew Hugill (composer) and Martin Rieser (Artist/Librettist), it exists in two versions –a physical installation and as a virtual mobile experience linked to selected site locations. The ‘Secret Garden’ tells part of the mythical story of the Fall through synchronised words, music and dance. It uses motion capture and spatialised sound layers to locate and immerse the audience in another world. The paper will examine aspects of real-time motion capture , the digital uncanny and the digital other.

Martin Rieser is a hybrid Media Artist, Researcher and Designer, he was appointed in January 2008 as research Professor between the Institute of Creative Technology and Faculty of Art and Design at De Montfort. His art practice in Internet art and interactive narrative installations has been seen around the world including Milia in Cannes; Paris; The ICA London and in Germany, Montreal, Nagoya in Japan and Melbourne, Australia, Xian China, New York and Vienna. He has published numerous essays and books on digital art including New Screen Media: Cinema/Art/Narrative (BFI/ZKM, 2002) and The Mobile Audience (Rodopi 2011).

12.30       Lunch (Lunch not provided)

13.30       Talk 3: Don Ritter ‘Systemized Synchronization Of Video, Music, Voice, Body Motion, And Lighting’
Ritter_vested_72ppiRitter provides an overview of his interactive performances and installations completed over the past 25 years that involve real-time synchronization of video, music, voice, body motion, and lighting. The presentation will begin with a description and documentation of Orpheus, a real-time software created by Ritter in 1988 that is described in his LEA-Live Visuals paper, ‘A Flexible Approach for Synchronizing Video with Live Music’. Descriptions and documentation will also be presented of performances of real-time video controlled by live music and multi-screen interactive installations controlled by body position and voice.

Don Ritter is a Canadian artist, designer, and writer who has been active internationally in the field of digital media art since 1986. His interactive performances and installations have been presented at festivals, museums, and galleries throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including Ars Electronica, SITE Santa Fe, Winter Olympics 2010 Cultural Olympiad, Metrònom (Barcelona), Sonambiente Sound Festival (Berlin), Exit Festival (Paris), and New Music America (New York City). He is a professor in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong.

14.15       Talk 4: Kate Sicchio ‘Choreotopology: Complex Space In Choreography With Real-Time Video’
This talk considers a conceptual framework for considering space within choreography with real-time video projection: choreotopology. Choreotopology encompasses four specific spaces for movement and the relationship of these spaces. By drawing on the practice of choreography with real-time video and examining the transformation of movement across physical space, camera space, projection space and compositional space a complex, a topological space for movement occurs. This framework is applied to a discussion of the author’s own choreographic practice with real-time video projection.

Kate Sicchio is a multiplicity. She is a choreographer, media artist, and performer. Her work includes dance performances, installations, web and video projects and has been shown in Philadelphia, New York City, Canada, Germany and the UK at venues such as Banff New Media Institute and WAX Brooklyn.

15.00       Coffee Break (Coffee/tea and light food provided)

15.15       ECR/PhD Forum


Paul Dolan

15.15       Dominic Smith: ‘Mapping endlessness: the permutation of form in live cinema’
Our cinema spaces are taking their final steps towards becoming fully networked, digital environments that are capable of operating in a continuous live state. In order to gain a richer understanding of the potential this situation offers both cinema and the arts it is important we consider the historical role played by artists in developing experimental strategies for live interaction with the projected image.

15.35       Paul Dolan: ‘FluxBoxes and Video Games: Exploring Fluxist Intermediality’
Fluxist artists George Manciunas, George Brecht and Yoko Ono created Fluxboxes, handmade boxes of assembled materials, occasionally with accompanying sets of rules. Although film was occasionally incorporated into Fluxboxes, the majority of work was assembled from paper, card and found objects. Fluxboxes were created in multiples, conceived as inexpensive, mass-produced unlimited editions. Their aim was to erode the cultural status and clearly-set boundaries of canonical art. This presentation will explore the idea of ‘video game as fluxbox’.

15.55       Leon McCarthy: ‘What happens when audiences comment on performance during performance?’
At the 3rd Real-Time Visuals workshop, held at Tyneside Cinema, I premiered a real-time audience commentary system to accompany my live audio-visual performance. My performances are a type of live musico-cinema and I am interested in how audiences engage with this aesthetic. I developed software that harnesses the twitter API, enabling audience members to comment to the cinema screen on their handheld 2nd Screen. This was a first for such a system and unexpected results were the order of the day.

16.15       Clive Wright: ‘Experimental Design In The AV Industry’
Clive Wright is a VJ exploring the realm of experimental design in the AV industry. His talk will encompass his experiences in live visual performance; from large festivals to one off events, and research he is undertaking looking into new ways of producing moving image for performance and AV installations.

16.35       Adriana Sa
Adriana will expose a perceptual approach to audio-visual instrument design and composition, introducing an instrument that outputs acoustic sound, digital sound and digital image. This approach extrapolates from cognition/ attention research in order to clarify artistic insights. She will formulate an understanding of how an audio-visual instrument can be composed in such a way that the experience is driven through sound organization – modulated, but not obfuscated, by a moving image. This is particularly challenging, as normally the audio-visual relationship is skewed in favour of the visual.

16.55       Discussion
17.30       Break For Dinner (Dinner not provided)