ArtScience celebrates 25th anniversary

The ArtScience Interfaculty is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a full programme of performances, lectures and an exhibition on Saturday 27 June 2015 in Paradiso, Amsterdam. The programme is a collaboration of the ArtScience Interfaculty with Paradiso, Sonic Acts and the Holland Festival. The programme consists of selected works by ArtScience alumni of the past 25 years. The programme kicks off with two lectures: art historian Michael van Hoogenhuyze talks about his views on the creative process of the artist, and Edwin van der Heide and Taco Stolk focus in their lecture on Dick Raaijmakers' commentary on Pierre Boulez’s approach of live electronic music. Throughout the day and evening there are works and installations by Marloes van Son (COLC - undrown), Jet Smits (LC Environment), Sebastian Frisch (Biophonic Garden), Daniel Berio (Graffitizer), Ivan Henriques and Angela de Weijer. In the evening there are performances by amongst others Optical Machines (Rikkert Brok and Maarten Halmans), Joris Strijbos, Dieter Vandoren, Erfan Abdi, Mariska de Groot, Telcosystems (Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden) and a closing performance by Mika Vainio (no ArtScience alumnus). More names will still be added to the performance programme. The ArtScience Interfaculty, founded in 1989 by Frans Evers and Dick Raaijmakers, offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor and Master programme that fosters curiosity driven research as approach for the making of art. The ArtScience Interfaculty has an extensive history of producing its own events outside of the school and initiated the Sonic Acts festival together with Paradiso and the Institute for Sonology in 1993. Saturday 27 June 2015 Paradiso, Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam Entrance: €12,50 / students €7,50 Tickets available online >

Sebastian Frisch - The Biophonic Garden (photo by Ed Jansen)

Programme ArtScience 25th anniversary


16:00 - 22:00 Marloes van Son COLC - undrown COLC - undrown takes you through an underwater vortex. This natural phenomenon, which is normally created when rapidly rushing water passes an underwater obstacle, has been a long time subject of interest to both mythology and science. This installation searches for a fragile equilibrium between a natural phenomenon and technology. While trying to control a piece of nature it emphasizes on its unpredictability. Through the manipulation of a water vortex a natural phenomenon controls sound and light imaging. COLC - undrown floods a space with whirling water, refracting light and stirring sounds. More info about the making process: Marloes van Son builds systems in search for a fragile equilibrium between natural/scientific phenomena and technology. The electronic/mechanical systems that she builds, work together with a phenomenon in such a way that the result is a synergy of the two. Her installations try to control pieces of nature, while emphasizing on their unpredictability, which make them (almost) uncontrollable. While working as a ‘mad inventor’ she explores not just phenomena, but also experimental instruments, (interactive) installations and electronics. She gets inspiration from working with water, fire or air combined with light, movement and sound. By creating experiences through manipulating natural/scientific phenomena, she hopes that people will learn to see the 'real' world as art. Her installations guide people through phenomena to (re)construct a fascination for their direct environment. Jet Smits LC Environment Slightly over a century ago a new state of matter was discovered, between liquid and solid, with the remarkable propensity to self-organize into intricate lattices. Extremely sensitive to light, heat, electrical and magnetic stimulus, this breed of soft matter, known as liquid crystal, comprises all biological and cell membranes, soap solutions as well as most current display technologies. Inspired by the ephemeral dynamics of liquid crystallinity, artist Jet Smits collaborated with soft matter physicist Stephen Picken (TU Delft) to create the installation, LC Environment. New media artist Jet Smits explores the transitional border between the physical and the virtual world, investigating the transition point where data becomes sensorial, trying to capture that exact moment of change. She finds herself in the area of science and technology related to our perception. Her phenomenological approach results in the use of different media and technologies to create immersive, contemplative installations, based on empirical research as well as thorough artistic and scientific experimentation. Sebastian Frisch Biophonic Garden The Biophonic Garden raises questions about the communication of plants. An experimental laboratory setup is used to display a possibility to make a dialogue between corn seeds perceivable for the human ear. Sprouted corn seeds are arranged in a grid, which is situated in a container filled with water. The acoustic environment beneath the seeds is being recorded by an underwater microphone, which allows visitors to listen to the dialogue between the seeds. While the roots of the plants are submerged in the water, a constant sine tone of 220 hertz is played into the water. It seems that this has an influence on the growing process of the roots, which bend towards the sound’s source. Sebastian Frisch is an artist, musician and developer. He makes use of a diverse set of media technologies to create immersive experiences and discover possible connections between the digital and the palpable. His main interest belongs to the fields of music, interactive art and cultural hacking. Sebastian studied Sound Art and Computer Science at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and is undergoing the ArtScience Master’s program at the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Daniel Berio GRAFFITIZER GRAFFITIZER is an algorithmic graffiti installation, which creates graffiti pieces based on the drawing style of its creator; Daniel Berio. Resulting from years of experience as a graffiti artist, Daniel created this system during his ArtScience research as an attempt to merge the aesthetics of his own style of graffiti letters with algorithmic art. He developed generative graffiti algorithms whose output is fed to physical drawing machines and augmented with real-time projections, mixing real ink with projected light as a painterly medium. His graduate work, two graffitizers, will be presented at the first Coded Matter(s) event and Daniel will introduce them in a short Q & A. Daniel Berio (1978) is a programmer and designer from Florence, Italy. Daniel has loved drawing since an early age. At 4 years old he began to study the violin, which he played till the age of 18 while receiving general music education. He was exposed to personal computers at a very young age, and growing up spent a lot of time programming them. In his teenage years, after seeing the first tags around Florence (Italy), his creative attention shifted to figurative art and graffiti writing, which gave him the opportunity to paint surfaces of all types in Italy, Europe, and the USA. After a period of time traveling and tagging he returned to his passion for computers. He initially worked as a graphic and web designer, but went on to be a graphics-focused programmer, utilizing algorithmic means for creating visual designs, videogames and audio-visual softwares. And furthermore in the exhibition: Ivan Henriques Angela de Weijer
Dieter Vandoren (photo Ed Jansen)


16:30-18:00 Michael van Hoogenhuyze - Thought Processes in Art Michael van Hoogenhuyze studied History of Art at Leiden University. Since his graduation in 1975 he has worked as an art historian and art history teacher, contributing to many curricula and working as school manager for many years. Next to his work as a teacher he is active in areas where art criticism and the reflection on art are transformed into actual contributions to the creative process. He participated in many projects of artists as a collaborator, researcher or dramaturge. In these projects he furthered his ideas about music, theatre and the geography of art. As part of his lectorate at the KABK, for several years he researched and wrote about his views on the creative process of the artist. As a result he published “Het Muzisch Denken”, “Thinking of the Muses” in 2007. Also he wrote many articles about artists and their work. Beside this field of interest he is a specialist in theories about space, the relation between visual art and music and the history and theory of teaching in the arts. Edwin van der Heide & Taco Stolk - Dick Raaijmakers' commentary on Pierre Boulez Lecture focusing on Dick Raaijmakers' commentary on Pierre Boulez’s approach of live electronic music.  
Mariska de Groot (photo Ed Jansen)


20:00-23:00 Optical Machines Optical Machines make a pure, authentic impression by combining their creations of sound(scapes) and visuals. Rather than (taking) a static position with flashy laptops they choose an open set-up, which invites the audience to their laboratory-like playground. Their set-up contains an obscure variety of modified record players, pattern models, lamps, lenses, cameras and analogue synthesizers to make an hypnotic and fascinating show. Optical Machinesis a real live show with visuals and sound created on the spot! Rikkert Brok Is fascinated by light and projections. By experimenting with lamps and lenses etc. Rikkert develops projectors with an unique view on moving images. The equipment is often as important as the projected images. Therefore Rikkert chooses for an open construction so the spectator can view the origin of the images. Rikkert studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound in Den Haag and graduated in 2002. Maarten Halmans Started in the early 90's with electronic music and developed a great interest in analogue synthesizers. To be able to design his own analogue synthesizers and interfaces he went to college to get a degree in electronic engineering in 2001. In 2004 he started a company for repair, modification and custom build electronic musical instruments. Joris Strijbos Joris Strijbos is a Rotterdam-based artist whose work focuses on the synesthetic relation and interaction between moving image and sound. His work consists of a series of kinetic audio-visual installations and new media performances inspired by an on-going research into cybernetics, emergent systems, artificial life and communication networks within groups. In his installations he combines artificial, electronic and digital media with models and algorithms based on biological systems. In many of the pieces, the viewer witnesses a process in which machines, computer programs and the physical world interact with each other, resulting in a generative and multi sensorial composition. Dieter Vandoren Dieter Vandoren is a media artist, performer and developer. His work balances on the edge of creative arts and scientific research & development. Drawing from his diverse backgrounds in music, informatics and interactive architecture, he is currently occupied with the development and performance of spatial, immersive audio-visual instruments with a strong focus on the embodied aspect of performance. He is a guest tutor and researcher at the Hyperbody and ID-StudioLab groups at the Delft University of Technology (departments of architecture and industrial design, respectively), founding member of the iii collective and former director of cultural centre De Fabriek Rotterdam. He previously worked as developer and researcher at design office ONL[Oosterhuis_Lenard] and research group Hyperbody. He is part of the art direction team of Blikopener Festival & Producties. Erfan Abdi Erfan Abditakes advantage of the possibilities offered by technology with a DIY attitude, and constructs his instruments from found or re-purposed material, seeking new ways of relating to the world of production and consumption. He researches the concept of active perception in the context of performing arts, and the interactions between performer, instrument and audience. Looking for new ways to express the abstract, he creates spaces of simultaneous stimuli, and exposes the agential role as well as the phenomenal quality of the performer in intra-action with instrument and stage. Mariska de Groot Intrigued by the phenomena and history of optical sound, Mariska de Groot [1982, NL] makes and performs comprehensive analogue light-to-sound instruments and installations which explore this principle in new ways. Telcosystems Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden are the founding members of Telcosystems. Lucas van der Velden (1976, Eindhoven) and Gideon Kiers (1975, Amsterdam) both studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound, a department at the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy in The Hague. David Kiers (1977, Amsterdam) studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In their audio-visual works Telcosystems research the relation between the behaviour of programmed numerical logic and the human perception of this behaviour; they aim at an integration of human expression and programmed machine behaviour. This becomes manifest in the immersive audio-visual installations they make, in films, videos, soundtracks, prints and in live performances. The software they write enables them to compose ever-evolving audio-visual worlds. Telcosystems’ installations and films focus on real-time, self-structuring, generative processes, in their live performances they focus on the interaction with these processes. Their work is the result of an on-going search for a language of non-referential image and sound, and is characterized by a lucid and restrained aesthetics, closely related to the technology they use. Mika Vainio Mika Vainio is the only part of the programme that is not directly related to the ArtScience Interfaculty. His performance will close off the evening. Mika Vainio, currently based in Berlin, was one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland, (the other half was Ilpo Väisänen). Before starting Pan Sonic in the beginning of the 90's, Mika Vainio has played electronics and drums as part of the early Finnish industrial and noise scene. His solo works, under his own name and under aliases like Ø, are known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Be it abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio is always creating unique, physical sounds. He has released on labels like editions Mego, Touch, Wavetrap and Sähkö and he has been producing among others with Alan Vega of Suicide, Keiji Haino, Chicks on Speed, John Duncan and Bruce Gilbert.

ArtScience Interfaculty

The ArtScience Interfaculty, founded in 1989 by Frans Evers and Dick Raaijmakers, offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor and Master programme that fosters curiosity driven research as approach for the making of art. While situated between the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, the ArtScience Interfaculty collaborates closely with Leiden University’s Academy for Creative and Performing Arts and Media Technology MSc programme. The ArtScience Interfaculty has an extensive history of producing its own events outside of the school and initiated the Sonic Acts festival together with Paradiso and the Institute for Sonology in 1993. The ArtScience Interfaculty has three key elements that make it unique in The Netherlands and the world: an interdisciplinary approach to the different disciplines; they see art and science as a continuum and promote interconnecting both; and they combine the experiential approach with a conceptual approach of art. More about ArtScience Interfaculty:

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