Karl Klomp - Spatial Media Design
Media artist Karl Klomp designed the light and video elements for Progress Bar as part of Sonic Acts Academy 2018. Over two consecutive nights, Klomp produced an innovative spatial set up utilising lights, lasers and visuals to complement the progressive clubbing environment and the nineteen performing artists and DJs hosted at Paradiso Noord. Klomp’s work explores themes of circuit bending, improvisation, glitching, and complex dynamics – fitting seamlessly with the themes of de-normalisation, empowerment, activism, re-imagination and speculative culture explored by Progress Bar. The installation connects sound, light, visuals and space to create a heightened sensory experience for the audience. The essential visual and spatial components of the installation, actively involve the audience with the performance and space, as the visual experience is an often overlooked element when considering the social impact of dance music and club spaces. In a subtle way the installation assists in forming an environment in which the public feels included and aware of the potential of spatial, structural and social transformations.
Violence performing at Progress Bar. Photo by Pieter Kers
Dreamcrusher performing at Progress Bar. Photo by Pieter Kers
Dinamarca performing at Progress Bar. Photo by Pieter Kers
Anni Nöps performing at Progress Bar. Photo by Pieter Kers
Commissioned by Sonic Acts and Elevate as a part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Karl Klomp is a Dutch media artist and video designer. He studied Interactive Media and Environments at the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen, Netherlands. He works for live events, theatre and opera. He is interested in reflections of analogue and digital technologies in light, sound and video. Failure, glitch or miscommunications in these technologies make his media designs human and unpredictable. www.karlklomp.nl Sonic Acts Academy 2018 24–25 February 2018 Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands www.sonicacts.com