Full programme announced for 25th anniversary ArtScience

On Saturday 27 June the ArtScience Interfaculty, a co-founder of Sonic Acts in 1994, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Paradiso, Amsterdam. The full programme consisting of performances, lectures and an exhibition, is now published online. With: Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), Joost Rekveld, Optical Machines, Mariska de Groot & Dieter Vandoren, Joris Strijbos & Matthijs Munnik, Telcosystems and many others.


Throughout the day and evening there are works and installations by ArtScience alumni. Daniel Berio exhibits his algorithmic graffiti installation GRAFFITIZER. With Jurema Action Plant, Ivan Henriques aims to empower plants by enabling them to use similar technologies as humans do, while he simultaneously explores new approaches to communication and co-relationships between humans, other living organisms and machines. Biophonic Garden by Sebastian Frisch uses an experimental laboratory setup to show the possibility of making a dialogue between young corn plants audible to human ears. Inspired by the ephemeral dynamics of liquid crystallinity, a new state of matter discovered over a century ago, artist Jet Smits collaborated with a soft matter physicist from the TU Delft to create the installation LC Environment. Marloes van Son's COLC – undrown takes you through an underwater vortex. It floods a space with whirling water, refracts light and stirs sounds, while searching for a fragile equilibrium between a natural phenomenon and technology. Angela de Weijer creates multidisciplinary experiences, which occur in the zone between audible and inaudible, perceivable or imperceptible.


In their lecture Edwin van der Heide and Taco Stolk focus on Dick Raaijmakers’ music theatre piece DÉPONS / DER FALL in which he stages his commentary on Pierre Boulez’s approach to live electronic music in Répons. Dick Raaijmakers was a co-founder of the ArtScience Interfaculty. Art historian Michael van Hoogenhuyze will talk about how the art of today has been enabled by key developments in science and technology, and as a result most artworks are installations in an open form that incorporate initiatives by the public, while presenting them with a poetic approach to technology.

Performances and films

Mika Vainio (the only non ArtScience alumnus) was one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland. His solo works, released under aliases such as 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. Erfan Abdi approaches the possibilities offered by technology with a DIY attitude, and Scatterflow - Repetition on Notesaaz is a good example of this. It is both a new physical interface for musical performance and a proposal for a process where a physical controller is used to navigate within a graphical score that in turn generates the sound. Mariska de Groot and Dieter Vandoren's Shadow Puppet? is an interplay of embodied performance and analogue machinery that gives rise to an engulfing play of light, shadow and raw optical sound. The Leslies, Horst Rickels and Robert Pravda, will perform Soundtrack for an Imaginary Film, no. 6 with multiple speaker-objects made by repurposing Leslie speakers from Hammond organs. In their third instalment of U-AV, Joris Strijbos and Matthijs Munnik build synaesthetic landscapes from electronic sound structures, generative video and stroboscopic light. While the performance relentlessly over-stimulates the audiovisual senses, the work opens up and transports the audience to a meditative and hypnotic zone where they can dream away in the transitory abstract worlds that are invoked. Optical Machines (Rikkert Brok and Maarten Halmans) invite the audience to their laboratory-like playground with an open set-up, which contains a variety of obscure modified equipment, pattern models, lamps, lenses, cameras and analogue synthesisers that they use to shape a hypnotic and fascinating performance. In his work, Joost Rekveld explores the sensory consequences of systems of his own design, often inspired by forgotten areas in the history of science and technology. Loudthings is an audiovisual account of an expedition into the the interior of a computer. Using a set of elementary instructions such as modulation, masking, and feedback, Telcosystems (Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden) programmed a self-organising network of algorithmic processes that generate spatial image and sound. Loudthings was nominated for a Tiger Award for Short Films at IFFR 2008, and won the 2009 Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film, and the Grand Prix 2008. From the sideline, a special selection of books, magazines, records, films and gadgets will be presented by Underbelly during the whole programme. The programme for ArtScience’s 25th anniversary event was compiled by the ArtScience Interfaculty, Paradiso, Sonic Acts, and the Holland Festival. See the full programme > Saturday 27 June 2015 Paradiso, Weteringschans 6–8, Amsterdam 16.30–23.00 Entrance: 12.50 / students 7.50 Buy your tickets online >

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