Performance program: Sonia Cillari, Yolanda Uriz en Mariska de Groot, Marcus Bruystens & Ton de Vreede.
The mechanical cocoon is a group show which will present works of art that deal with an encounter between two forces - technology and nature. In the last hundred years the increasing expansions of industry and technology have pushed nature further away out of its borders. The coupling of science and industry especially with high technology culture has created a puzzling question about what is natural. The art works presented in this show will try to explore the different aspects of this complex relationship. Each of the artists in this show has their own different perspective on this complicated subject.
Sanghee Song is a research artist who’s been investigating the connection between ecological disasters and political power in the last few years. In her work “The Sixteenth Book of Metamorphoses” she is raising questions about oil war, using the Bible, Darwin’s evolution theory and whales to tell a story about human greed for petroleum.
Gal Kinan creates art works describing the experience of a man-machine as part of an over industrial technological world. In her work “Secret”, she is raising questions about atomic power with connection to the power of the desert, using autobiographical elements from her own childhood.
Area.Park, is a Korean artist living and working in Japan & Korea who will show a series of photographs, The road of photography, that he took this year in Japan just after the Hukushima earthquake and the nuclear disaster. His photographs portray images from the area just after the disaster had happened. He has documented deserted half ruined places, found object and abandoned private albums and photos that he found in the destroyed area. Together the different images give a complete and direct representation of the horrible consequences of this occur disaster.Gert Jan KockenPerformances
Sonia Cillari: As an artist, I need to rest - Friday February 10th and Friday February 17th - 18.00 h.
Sonia Cillari is an artist who creates sensorial and perceptual mechanisms in immersive and augmented environments. Her artistic investigation examines how patterns of consciousness, perception and identity emerge in such settings. Over the last years she has been specifically interested in a field of research concerning the ‘Body as Interface’. In her Generative performance “As an artist, I need to rest” her breathing generates and influences the states of being of a digital feather projected on a screen above her.
Marcus Bruystens & Ton de Vreede: Untitled (aural varia) Friday March 2nd, 18.00 h.
Mariska de Groot: DUOTONE II - Friday March 9th, 17.00 h.
In this work I deal with two elementary wave phenomena in space – light and sound. Light is projected in space. A spinning wheel with holes in a graphic composition causes different kind frequencies of this projected light. When looking directly in the beam, your eyes capture the ‘code’ of light. Like sun shining through tree leaves and referring to the dreamachine [Bryon Gysin, 1960] these pleasing light flashes may effect your brainwaves. The different light frequencies are picked up by optical diodes and directly translated to a speaker. Light will generate it’s sound and both will be projected in the same direction to generate a sensorial experience.
Espacially in a total black and darkened space, the round and spinning beam can give you literally the idea of a ‘mechanical cocoon’ of light.http://mariskadegroot.com
Yolanda Uriz Elizalde - Cymating - Friday March 9th, 18.00 h.
Cymating is an installation/performance in which projections through acoustically saturated water envelope the viewer in sonic ripples of light, activating the perception of ordinarily invisible sonic vibrations.
An artificial environment is created where the two natural phenomena, sound and light, encounter thanks to technology overcoming the boundaries of our normal perception. The specific technique used to synchronize speed of sound vibrations and flickering of light is stroboscopy, controlled by the performer, the human entity managing this artificial environment in order to suggest a cross modal experience (synaesthesia) in the visual and auditory apparatus of the viewer.
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