Project presented within Cimatics Festival
22-25 Novembre 2007
Beursschouwburg – Brussels
Project curated by Marco Mancuso with the collaboration of Claudia Dâ€™Alonzo (video screening)
Note: Two short contextual essays by Mancusso and D’Alonzo follow below, followed by schedule and bio of participating artists and collectives.
Digicult is invited with the project +39:CALL FOR ITALY to take part at the fifth edition of the international festival Cimatics, one of the most important European event in the field of artistic and cultural transactions between digital audiovisuals, music, cinema and design. The project will focus on the develpoments in Electronic Art, Design and Culture in Italy in the last 10-15 years. Within the four days of Cimatics, Digicult will introduce some of the most experimental and suggestive Italian musicians, designers, graphics, video makers, sound artists, vjs and audiovisual artists, with projects of Live Cinema (Ogino Knauss), Audiovisual live set (Otolab and Quayola), 8bit Audiovisual Show (Postalmarket/Daniele Lazzarin) and Vjset (Kinotek) and with a Video Screening curated by Claudia D’Alonzo of some of the most talented Italian video makers, video artists and graphic designer. Digicult will present also the Italian duo of architects and designers Limiteazero, called by Lab[au] to create an audiovisual urban installation for Doxia Tower curating project.
by Marco Mancuso
Following the Italian cultural tradition in design and project, extending it to the ultimate forms of audiovisual art and creativity linked to the usage of new and digital media, the exhibition â€œ+39â€ wants to be a breathing space on the artistic evolution of some among the most representative protagonists of the most recent Italian electronic scene.
Without any celebratory ambition, conscious of the intrinsic value of the presented works, the exhibition â€œ+39â€, articulated through a series of performances, video exhibits and urban installations, is the first retrospective on those artists, musicians, designers, videomakers, vjs and programmers who, in the last 10-15 years in Italy, have consciously developed languages and easthetics within an ever-changing and spreading cultural ambit.
â€œ+39â€ is therefore the first opportunity, within a prestigious international context such as the Cimatics Festival in Brussels, for a whole movement of professional Italian creatives working in the digital domain to get together and be acknowledged as a proper â€˜sceneâ€™. The term is abused of, loved and hated, still it is indicative of a cultural-artistic current, of common ideological-creative grounds that unite human and professional experiences, contexts and ambits that are sometimes very far apart. The Italian scene is ready for international confrontation. Far from being exhaustive, â€œ+39â€ wants to uncover the existence of a movement, show an imagery, highlight work and project methods that are linked to the country and its protagonists.
The conscious spectator shall then recognize traces of Italian documentaristic and video-activist tradition in the live-cinema-vjing project Urban Skin by pioneering collective Ogino-Knauss, an art-project coming from a long exploration practice of urban global space, inquiring the semanthic value of the city as a communicating surfaces system: a test of “urban dermatology” in a form of Live Media. Internationally representing Italian design applied to new technologies, code, audiovisual research and interactivity, both Op7 – an audiovisual performance by the Otolab collective reinterpreting optical art with a strongly synaesthetic approach that links electronic music and visual scenography – and the urban intervention at the Doxia tower by Limiteazero – duo of designer-architects â€“ feature an approach which is strongly linked to the project with an open reference to graphic design.
Moreover, Quayola, Kinotek and the duo Postal M@arket/Daniele Lazzarin show how – each with their own style – graphic design, video, electronic music and videogames have evolved thanks to the crossover between academic and underground cultural ambits. Graphic design, digital animation, game-consolle hacking, djing and vjing improvisation are the main issues in the live audiovisual project Path to Abstraction by Davide Quagliola, in the vjsets by Mattia Casalegno and in the 8-bit audiovisual easthetics of Giuseppe and Daniele Lazzarin.
Digicultâ€™s project at Cimatics is rounded off by a rich and varied video screening curated by Claudia Dâ€™Alonzo, member of the collective and editorial staff of Digicult. The potentialities of the screening reside in the ample and complete vision of all forms of creativity associated to videomaking, videoclips, audiovisual synaesthesy, research, graphic animation and illustration. Niko Stumpo, Fabio Franchino, Blu, Mylicon/en, Zimmerfrei, Hfr-Lab, Progetto Antenna, Virgilio, Vinz Beschi, 47th Floor, Elec are some of the featured artists within a project that will eventually be released on DVD.
One last word to thank all those at Cimatics, for the opportunity given to Italian artists and to Digicult as cultural operator, for having allowed space to â€œ+39â€, a self-promoted project which decides to move independently at an international level in a situation of absolute lack of institutional, political, public and private support, acknowledgement and funding. In a country which is culturally far behind, unable to give value to its own resources, amidst the objective difficulties of everyday professional life, among the choices of a whole generation, a digital and electronic cultural scene is born, in spite of everything. Let us pay the necessary tribute.
Digicult Video Screening
by Claudia Dâ€™Alonzo
Digicult presents Digicult Video Screening within the project +39 for the Cimatics festival in Brussels. It represents an overview of the contemporary audiovisual scene in Italy through the works of 13 authors.
The interaction between sound and moving image is the common denominator of these works, whose makers act in fields sometimes far apart. They have been invited by Digicult Video Screening for a collective confrontational opportunity to picture a fertile and multiple scenario, to find common grounds in the varied Italian electronic audiovisual production of these last years. The screening features works going from video art to animation, from graphic design to videoclips to audiovisual synaesthesy, presenting a range of approaches and methods so as to follow the different tinges of meaning around what is referred to as â€˜audiovisualâ€™.
The videoclip is one of the audiovisual means of telling a story. Which is what happens in â€œThe rainâ€ and â€œSpiritual Healingâ€. â€œThe Rainâ€, born as a collaboration between videoartist/maker Virgilio Villoresi and the illustrator Ericailcane, use the stop motion technique to create an environment of small things, traces of a delicate tale around desire, accompanied by the sound of Lou Rhodes (Lamb). â€œSpiritual Healingâ€ is another videoclip, produced by a group of graphic designers and videomakers called 47th floor, with music by Zu: a gothic voyage that reminds of Hieronymus Boschâ€™s crazy and distorted worlds. The stop motion technique is also reinvented by the duo Elec in â€œUn re del mondoâ€, taken by an installation where sequences of photographs of a mechanic being become a video whose mounting is controlled by sound, thus giving life to one only piece that constantly deviates from predictable schemes, never repeating itself.
The video â€œFinoâ€ by Blu (member of OkNo collective) looks like and escherian fairy tale. The illustrator uses animation to create a never-ending drawing whose shapes generate other shapes. â€œWaltz 57â€, by illustrator, web-designer and film-maker Niko Stumpo creates, instead, a link between computer graphics and animation putting up a carillon of abstract shapes that dance in a visionary, dissolved environment. Graphic design is also the easthetic reference for the video â€œFormingâ€, by the group Progettoantenna. They investigate around the thin line separating creation and decay of a shape using the 3D technique: lights and shadows trace, cut and develop figures that are, at the same time, full and empty within a great liquid movement able to limit and recreate.
Zimmer Frei, from Bologna, unite theatre, music, live cinema and performance under a common idiom, exploring time and its perception, a main issue in videoart. Their work, â€œSodium Pentatholâ€, is a camera-car subjective sequence-shot taken in Brusselâ€™s bypass ring. Fabio Franchino, an artist that ranges from video to generative art, presents the video â€œAm i Born?â€. A work where sound controls image thanks to a self-produced software, creating a poetic and intimate abstract path among inlaid shapes, lights, skin and body. Ogino Knauss, who have been pioneering research on the urban tissue transformations using video, vjing and live cinema, are present with â€œQuantize Thisâ€, taken from an installation of theirs which was commissioned by Domus magazine for San Siro stadium in Milano. It is an investigation on the city of Milano using the concept of the â€˜numberâ€™ as a sign that characterizes this city, ruling over its times of life.
Urban landscape is also the main theme in a video series called City Scan, by Hfr-Lab, a multidisciplinary and experimental group. Architectural elements become audiovisual modules to be mixed and interweaved according to a practice which is half-way between graphic design and vjing.
From the livemedia scene, a work called â€œInfonaturae 1.0â€. It is a collaborative work between musician Emanuele Errante and videoartist Mattia Casalegno, where sound paths and ever-changing pixels create a morphogenesis on the brink between organic and inorganic. â€œOaklandâ€, a video of group Mylicon/en, whose production is an original mix of digital abstraction and physicity, is also performative. The original TV source dissolves and is layered so as to become a flow of colours and sound.
The exhibition finishes with the video â€œStrip Melodyâ€, by videomaker Vinz Beschi, who builds a complex score in the piece â€œStripsody di Cathy Berberianâ€ composing plugs and video fragments that use facial expressions of bewilderment along with onomathopeic comic-book sounds. Vinz Beschi realizes therefore a very original piece where voice, images, words and rhythm become elements to deconstruct and re-use.
LIVE PERFORMANCES â€“ curated by Marco Mancuso and Cimatics
op 7 by otolab (IT)
Live AV performance
Audio: Experimental Electronica
Line-up: ssim-el / ninab.it (audio), orgone (video)
Duration: 50 minutes
op7 is a live audiovisual performance that develops a new way of reading the concept of the tunnel as a metaphor of the journey and the survey about the audiovisual perception, through the optical language. The project was commissioned by Marco Mancuso/Digicult and realized for the Mixed Media festival 2006 taking place at the Hangar Bicocca in Milan-Italy in front of the installation â€œSeven Heavenly Doorsâ€ of Belgian artist Anselm Kiefer. Seven entrances, seven tunnels, seven journeys throughout as many experience optical environments looking for the final entire and unique wholeness.
Otolab was born in 2001 in Milan as an affinity group made up of musicians, djs, vjs, video artists, video makers, web designers, graphic designers and architects who embarked on a common path within electronic music and audiovisual research. Otolab projects evolve through laboratory, seminar and liveset activities following principles of mutual exchange and support, free dissemination of knowledge and experimentation. The work-group is composed of individual and collective projects ranging from djing/vjing sets up to livemedia and interactive installations, always investigating a symbiotic relationship between sounds and images. These years of life have seen Otolab being invited to national and international festivals where it has presented its self-produced livesets, audio and audiovisual productions, project presentations, workshops and installations, besides having promoted self-managed cultural initiatives.
Path to Abstraction by Quayola
Live A/V set
Audio: Minimal Techno – Glitch
Line Up: Quayola (audio and video â€“ laptop)
Duration: 40 minutes
Path to abstraction
Path to Abstraction is video project that explores the relationships between sound and image, inspired by the true representation of sound itself: the waveform. It combines together two different ways of interpreting the music, the analytical one of computers with the intuitive and personal of human beings. The process behind the videos is divided into two main stages: the first consist in the analytical representation of a given audio track through a digital oscilloscope. The second stage is my personal reinterpretation of the achieved waveform through animated graphics. The results of this process are a series of videos that, while having a similar behaviour of a sound wave, interpret the music in a very personal way.
Quayola is a London based multimedia artist / graphic designer. His work in videos, installations, live performances and prints, have lead him to collaborate with the likes of Onedotzero, Warp, MTV, Lovebytes, Mira Calix and D-Fuse. He has recently won the MTV-Bloom talent competition and together with HFR-LAB will tour Australia, China and Japan with a retrospective exhibition produced by IDAP
Urban Skin: k-frame 1.07 by Ogino Knauss and K-Labo (IT)
Live Media Performance
Audio: Experimental Electronica
Line up: Ogino Knauss
Duration: 40 minutes
Urban Skin: k-frame 1.07
Urban skin is a live audio video performance expressly proposed for Cimatics. It derives from the convergence of two projects and two groups: Ogino-knauss is a trio of artist /architects working since years on innovative forms of representation of urban landscape, developing VJng and live media applied to psycho geographical exploration. K-labo is a factory researching on software and web solutions, that is developing an innovative software tool, called K-frame, to live manage multiple picture sequences. Urban skin is a documentation process developed by ogino_knauss through photographic assessments, deployng a nomadic, flaneur attitude about the transforming global urban landscape. Urban skin refers to an instinctive attitude to look at epidermic phenomena, at superficial characters -not necessarily in a negative sense- as public manifestations of inner tensions, as the emergence of processes undergoing the surface. Acting as urban dermatologists, we try to read through the cityâ€™s skin – through its physical and social diaphragma – the deeper transformation occurring in its body. Surfaces, signs and flows are the basic elements we focus on to compose a picture of this fast evolving landscape. It is a reflection on the public and the private, on the individual and the social, on the visible and the invisible of urban life. In the live performance proposed for Cimatics, we will test the potentiality of the software k-frame to manage a stack of images coming from this explorative process and to reorganize them in a narrative set employing a soundtrack produced from field recordings and other significant samples.
Ogino Knauss is a collective active since 1995. Born as â€œmutant cinema laboratoryâ€, acts during the years as a constant drift through audio visual languages and communication practices. The group experiments with VJing techniques as a peculiar form of open narrative, in contrast to the dominant tendency to create video tapestries as an ornament to musician and DJâ€™s production. Developing its action at the crossing point between the exploration of etherotopic spaces and the exhibition of disclosing practices of the audiovisual device, Ogino knauss led a steady exploration of new spatial and creative contexts to confront, such as cultural centers, public spaces, temporary occupied zones, art galleries, festivals, dancefloors. Among many others ogi:no knauss collaborated or played live sessions with: Autechre, Autobam, Vladislav Delay, DJ Ultracore, Masami Akita & Zbigniew Karkowski, Otolab, OTK, Rich Medina, Terre Thaemlitz. In more recent projects, the attention has been focused on the globalizing urban landscape, applying image production techniques in the attempt to develop innovative listening and description practices about urban processes.
IAND (I am Not the Dj) by Kinotek
Line Up: Kinotek (video â€“ laptop)
Duration: 1 hour
In a field dominated by hyper precise surgical mixing tools, standardizated interfaces, surproduction of cliched footage materials and extended use of preset loop libraries, the actual vj as performer seems stucked in the role of a mere flesh interface synthesizing dancefloor moods in a clubbish visual tapestry, in a semi-behavioural attitude that is the last un-mechanizated skill of the vjing process. The IAND (I am Not the Dj) interface, based on autoVjÂ® technology developed by Kinotek, is the ultimate attempt to bring such skill in the realm of the automation, finally delivering an all-in-one framework for the production of always-fresh and stylish content, perfectily in synch with the rythm of the party and he mood of the crowd! In fact the revolutionary autoVjÂ® technology frees the stressed vj from the constraints of on stage appearance, embarrassing interactions with ambiguos audiences and the always-present risk of drink-damaged gears, providing a robust and solid solution â€œplugand playâ€. The distribuited, opensource-based and flexible system features an ergonomic and intuitive interface, expandible architecture and cross-platform compatibility. For the international premiere at Cimatics 2007, the IAND will be exceptionally presented in version 0.1 with 5 already-classic and amazing flavours!! dont miss the opportunity to try the â€œpsychedelic vjâ€ mode, the â€œminimal vjâ€, â€œ5.00 AMâ€ mode, â€œgay/lesbo vjâ€ mode and the totally brand new â€œschizo vjâ€ mode!!
Kinotek promotes and encourages ecological strategies in the actual technologies use ideating and performing interactive strategies between visual fluxes and kinetic energies. Kinotek is an electronic video experimental project that involve the possibilities of digital real time video elaborations techniques and new media languages strategies. Born in Rome, Italy, its works ranges between vj acts, audio/visual compositions, new media performances, video installations and graphic design projects. Kinotek crew has took part in Italy and abroad at numerous events, electronic arts festivals and performances, ideating interactive systems and hybrid experimental pieces between sound and visual languages, collaborating with numerous sound artists, composers, graphic designers, video artists around Italy and Europe.
8bit A/V set by Postal m@rket & Diego Lazzarin
Micromusic and visual show
Line up: Postal m@arket (audio â€“ gameboy live set) and Diego Lazzarin (video â€“ laptop animation)
Duration: 1 hour
8bit A/V set
The idea is to combine the practical and funny components of the computer game with those of a contemporary musician’s mind in an interactive way.
Postal m@rket & Diego Lazzarin
Postal_market is a brand new project. He released â€œ Punk Attitude epâ€ in April 2007 for the Italian label Casasonica and made other collaborations with international labels like 8bitpeoples & Intikrec. The ” 8_bit audio format ” comes from curiosity about how far a small technological tool (as big as the palm of a hand, i.e Nintendo Gameboy) can go. Diego Lazzarin is a young Italian music video director and animator. He worked with Italian musicians and bands like Bugo, Tre allegri Ragazzi Morti, Postal_m@rket , Hello Daylight and Cappello a cilindro. He also made some short movies such as “Cuore di cane” (Heart of a dog).
curated by Claudia Dâ€™Alonzo
Cityscan 4.05 (2005)
Duration: 4â€™ 30â€™â€™
Visual: Davide Quayola, Chiara Horn
Sound: Simone Strifele
Sodium Penthatol (2005)
Quantize This (2005)
Artist: Ogino Knauss
Visual: Lino Greco
Sound: Daniela Cattivelli
Infonaturae 1.0 (2006)
Artists: Kinotek, Emanuele Errante
Visual: Mattia Casalegno (Kinotek)
Sound: Emanuele Errante
Artist: Progetto Antenna
Duration: 2â€™ 21â€™â€™
Waltz 57 (2005)
Artist: Niko stumpo
Duration: 2â€™ 30â€™â€™
Visual: Niko Stumpo
Am I Born? (2004)
Artist: Fabio Franchino
Duration: 4â€™ 25â€™â€™
Visual: Fabio Franchino
Sound: Amaury Groc
Custom software: Fabio Franchino
Credits: Rossella Schillaci (shots); Mara Loro (body)
UNreDELMONDO 2.0 (2003)
Visual: Tibor Fabian
Credits: Marco De Paoli (metal sculpture); Enrico Sebellin (assistance stop motion shooting)
The Rain (2007)
Artists: Virgilio Villoresi, Ericailcane
Duration: 3â€™ 20â€™
Visual: Virgilio Villoresi, Ericailcane
Sound: Lou Rhodes
Spiritual healing (2005)
Artist: 47th Floor
Duration: 3â€™ 50â€™â€™
Concept and art direction: Davide Catraro, Marvin Milanese
Animation and Graphic: Davide Catraro, Marvin Milanese, Giovanni Remondini
Post Production: Giovanni Remondini
Duration: 2â€™ 30â€™â€™
Sound: Andrea Martignoni
Stip Melody (2005)
Artist: Vinz Beschi
Duration: 2â€™ 20â€™â€™
Credits: production, Elena Pasetti (PinAC, Rezzato); production secretary, Maria Grazia Moranti; with the collaboration of Salva Catini e Gloria Sinini
Cityscan 4.05 â€“ HFR-LAB
City is aimed to produce a visual metaphor that creates new correspondences between sound and vision. It draws a connection between the rhythm of music and the one of a â€œnew contemporary cityâ€. The initial inspiration came from the true representation of sound itself: the waveform and its perpetual scrolling. From this followed the translation to a visualization which would simulate this movement the way we experience the dynamism of the contemporary city, an intricate layering of cityscape that, scrolling and flickering on time with the music, creates an audiovisual pattern where the rhythm achieved is a metaphor of the rhythm of the city itself. This project has flexible outputs; it can be screened as a video or performed as both A/V an Vj performance.
HFR-LAB is a creative studio funded in 2003 by Chiara Horn, Davide Quagliola and Tommaso Franzolini. Conceived as a multidisciplinary laboratory where to experiment with the diverse creative possibilities of the Audiovisual medium, HFR-LAB has developed a series of projects which brought to the collaboration with internationally recognized artists (D-Fuse, Universal Everything, London Sinfonietta, etc..) and organizations (Onedotzero, Warp, Lovebytes, Etc..). A retrospective of its work is now touring Australia, China and Japan with an exhibition curated by IDAP.
Sodium Penthatol â€“ ZimmerFrei ZimmerFrei is a group founded in 1999 and based in Bologna, Italy. Itâ€™s members are Anna de Manincor, Anna Rispoli and Massimo Carozzi. The group works on the crossing of performative and visual arts, using a range of media and formats including video and sound installation, short movie, photography and performance. In 2003 Anna de Manincor/ZimmerFrei was invited to the 50th Biennale of Art in Venice.
Quantize This â€“ Ogino_knauss
â€Quantize thisâ€ has been conceived as an videoinstallation to be presented on the mega screen and audio system of the San Siro Stadium, in Milan. It was commissioned by Domus review for the event “Circular”, in April 2005. It has been realized as an exploration of the surroundigns of the stadium, and developed as a reflection on the ubiquitous presence of numbers surfacing in the urban landscape.
Ogino_knauss is a collective active since 1995. Born as â€œmutant cinema laboratoryâ€, acts during the years as a constant drift through audio visual languages and communication practices. The group experiments with VJing techniques as a peculiar form of open narrative, in contrast to the dominant tendency to create video tapestries as an ornament to musician and DJâ€™s production. Developing its action at the crossing point between the exploration of etherotopic spaces and the exhibition of disclosing practices of the audiovisual device, Ogino_knauss lead a steady exploration of new spatial and creative contexts to confront, such as cultural centers, public spaces, temporary occupied zones, art galleries, festivals, dancefloors.
Oakland 05.06 â€“ Mylicon/en
â€œOakland 05.06â€ has been created using images taken from the recording of a live set taken in
Oakland on maj 2006.
This clip emphasize the peculiarity of Mylicon/EN projects: images that seem to be very elaborated have been created by simple actions – such as placing everyday objects (glasses, bottles, coloured plastics and water) in between a camera and a TV set. The editing has been reduced to a minimum, while a new soundtrack has been created for the clip. Lino Greco (visual) and Daniela Cattivelli (sound) created Mylicon/En in 2002. Mylicon/EN is a duo involved in experimental and alternative ways of conceiving audio-video live act, recovering performativity and concreteness through the use of analogical and mechanical devices in the production of images. Their works focus on the interaction between analog or mechanical devices with the digital realm. Visual texture is manipulated accordino to sound. During their improvisations and creation sessions they use many different common objects like glasses, plastics, water etc. to create sound and images. Mylicon/En performed audiovisual live-set and presented video in many festivals worldwide.
Infonaturae 1.0 â€“ Kinotek/Emanuele Errante
â€Infonaturaeâ€ is the first collaboration between ambient musician Emanuele Errante and videaortist Mattia Casalegno; an improvised live performance emerging from the hybridization of acustic and visual languages. Digital soundscapes give life to pixel matrices in costant mutation, binary fluxes informs vaguely zoomorphic structures in an equilibrium between organic and inorganic, animated and inanimated, sampled and synthetized. This 7 minute excerpt is been recorded from the “Interferenze Festival” (Salerno, Italy) live session in 2006.
Mattia Casalegno, born in Naples, Italy. Since 1999 lives in Rome where he works in various cross-media projects and live-media performances, exploring the possibilities of the digitalization of both visual and musical languages; In 2001 he founded the project Kinotek, vj crew very active in the club scene of the italian capital. With the Kinotek project has partecipated at several international vj festivals and live media events.
After several experiences in local bands, Emanuele Errante starts his solo carreer under the pseudonym of Mais. In 2004 his first album â€œStandâ€ is released by the netlabel Maetrixsolution. Once the album is out, he starts experimenting on ambient sonorities, by blending acoustic elemento and electronic soundscapes. Emanuele Errante is also the founder of the netlabel OpenLab Records and the creator of NetstockFest, the first netaudio festival completely online whose first edition happened in March 2005 receiving the attention of important medias, among whom the French newspaper Liberation.
Links: www.kinotek.org; www.maisound.com; www.mousikelab.it
Forming â€“ Progetto Antenna
â€œFormingâ€ is a survey on that thin line which divide the creation of a shape from its decay,the presence of a border from its abandon, the said and the silent of a single concept. Lights and shadows build and cut shapes which are at the same time the full and the empty of a unique and giantliquid movement able to creates and delimits. On that sense the interest is posed on that in between found in its same dissolve: the attention is on the inside, on the outside or on the same border.
Progetto Antenna is a collective project born in 2005 as an effort to conciliate different sensibilities in a unique artistic, critical and curatorial approach. Four residentparticipants (Niccolo’ Nessi, Edoardo Pasero, Francesco Pedraglio and Fabio Petronilli) are working in conjunction â€“ or independently â€“ inviting and collaborating with external guests to projects which involve the realization and presentationof video, electronic music, architectonical and curatorial interventions. Started mainly as production and exhibition of audiovisual works, the collective soon gets involved in graphic and digitalanimation; a particular attention is now given also to installations and site specific intervention.
Animula â€“ otolab
Animula is one of the most complex video artwork from the recent production of Otolab, experimental electronic audiovisual collective. Conceived and realized under the 5+1 sound-video installation dictates, Animula is an opera with the multi-screen spazializated live media potentialities as well. Animula is an audiovisual project with a concept focused on a strong organic-digital dualism, obtained through a sage work on 3d video and electronic music. Otolab was born in 2001 in Milan as an affinity group made up of musicians, djs, vjs, video artists, video makers, web designers, graphic designers and architects who embarked on a common path within electronic music and audiovisual research. Otolab projects evolve through laboratory, seminar and liveset activities following principles of mutual exchange and support, free dissemination of knowledge and experimentation. The work-group is composed of individual and collective projects ranging from djing/vjing sets up to livemedia and interactive installations, always investigating a symbiotic relationship between sounds and images. These three years of life have seen otolab being invited to national and international festivals where it has presented its livesets, project presentations and installations, besides having promoted self-managed cultural initiatives.
Waltz 57 â€“ Niko Stumpo
The Norwegian born Stumpo, is first and foremost an artist, with a total conception of what he is creating. To account accurately for the range of his talent, Stumpo’s work must be considered that of a painter, photographer, illustrator, web-programmer, sculptor and film maker. He is a true visionary, who uses the best means available to communicate his world. The extraordinary freedom of Stumpo’s work often takes us by surprise. As an artist he takes elements from everyday life and raises them to the very limits of abstraction, making his art a bridge between our dreams and his own imagination. Niko’s universe is inhabited by unique abstract cartoon-like drawings, characters which emerged from his childhood and have now become the trademark to a very identifiable and in demand style. Whether it’s an invitation to speak at the top design conferences such as Semi – Permanent Sydney or the Toca Me Conference in Germany, to numerous art exhibitions in such prestigious galleries as the George Pompidou in Paris to the Riviera Gallery in New York, Niko’s work has profoundly influenced a generation of creative minds.
Am I Born? â€“ Fabio Franchino
â€Am I Born?â€ is a self-generative video composition about the intimacy of the discovery of her
Media artist and computational designer. He feels part of that odd and hybrid category, that attracted by design and aestetic, and, paradoxical, by the cold math’s elaboration through computing practice. He does work mainly in digital within, in visual, performance and intallations fields. He uses as well as abuses the interactive possibilities between audience and work, in order to make misunderstanding and random processes. The creative activity is born in music field in order to mix with the work activity as graphic designer. The result is an attraction to radical research within the new technologies, which ‘interaction’ is become the main factor. Case, cause effect, indefinite time, are the common factors of all the creative activity. The modalities in order to trigger events and modifications can change, but in all of these remains the possibility that the result cannot be previewed.
UNreDELMONDO 2.0 â€“ Elec
UNreDELMONDO (â€œa king of the worldâ€) is a software based generative video. The subject is a mechanical sculpture (made by Marco De Paoli) provided of adjustable joints. It has been filmed in stop motion by obtaining the movements manually. Audio tracks was created with sampled elements and modular synthesis and then embedded into the application. Video and audio tracks are played and synchronously processed by the algorithms aiming to find a strict common code. Autobam and Tibor Fabian are a live media crew, also linked to ELEC – an electronic Italian network (www.elec.it) – for parallel projects in audio-visual research and interaction. Autobam is a solo electronica act by Simone Lalli. He has previously released his solo work under Leerraum (CH), Unlabel (UK) and Beatpick (UK) and participated to a series of CD and mp3 compilations for Raving records, Technoseeker.com, Microsound.org and Afe records. Tibor Fabian is graphic and media artist, particularly interested in the use of software in visual and audio generation. Playing video performance, installations and animated shorts he took part in various events as Sarajevo Joung Artists Biennial, Polyphonix 40 at Pompidou (Paris) and Tomorrow Now at Junghans Theatre (Venice).
The Rain â€“ Virgilio Villoresi/Ericailcane
Ericailcane belongs to a collective of artists known for their disparate artistic language styles. He studied at the academy of Arts in Bologna and has exhibited various works including sculptures, paintings, drawings, video and installations. Ericailcaneâ€™s style takes a sinister and morbid approach to animals depicted as fairytale creatures with human attributes. His playful drawings often resemele Victorian childrenâ€™s illustrations and suggest an animal that might be oneâ€™s friend (an example as illustrated above right). Yet through the juxtaposition of images of life and death there is a palpable tension in the work, leading to feelings of threat and discomfort. Virgilio Villoresi is a visual artist devoted to experimentation, who works in real-time montage, live media and musical projects. His performances grace the programmes of some of the principal Italian electronica festivals (Audiovisiva, Netmage, Station to Station). In his performances he brings together a passion for abstract cinema and animation, the acknowledged influence of the historical avant-gardes, and “found footage” techniques. His set, alongside the two German artists, will be a tissue of quotations, flitting between expressionism and rationalism, about the imaginative urban world of Berlin.
Fino â€“ Blu
Bluâ€™s artistic career started as a result of his interest in underground and illegal art, especially graffiti culture. His work begins as a sketch before being transferred to larger scale murals. His painting style is quite traditional; he uses brushes as well as a paint roller as he blends the painting with the surrounding architecture. His inspiration stems from the desire to transform ordinary decaying places into beautiful and interesting environments. Blu has exhibited his work in Italy, South America, Spain and Germany.
Stip Melody â€“ Vinz Beschi
A short “divertimento” that proposes in sequence the astonishments, the gulp, the sob, the onomatopeici sounds of the nuvolette of the comic strips in a puzzle video/sonoro based on a musical shape in three parts. The video wants to be a homage to Cathy Berberian and its Stripsody that has given to the way to this plan of search between voice, images, words and rhythm realized to the inside of the laboratory “Images of organized sound” from the International Pinacoteca of the Evolutionary Age Aldo Cibaldi of the Common one of Rezzato (BS) and developed with a group of boys and girls.
Vincent Beschi, born in Brescia the 28/02/1958, alumnus in the Conservatory of Brescia and the institute of art of Guidizzolo, tied up to the world of the infancy, he likes to play with sounds and images trying to find interlacements and joints. Convinced that to seek in the universe visualsonorous moments of free expression together with children children, girls and boys is a way to do one “not art” out of the schemes of rigid and competitive structures. The alone fare/giocare together around the micromondis made of sounds and images becomes “a moment” “that moment” only but in the same repeatable from whoever has desire of it.