The basic idea of the project is built upon the consideration of creating
a moving sculpture from the recorded motion data of a real person. For
our work we asked a dancer to visualize a musical piece (Kreukeltape by
Machinenfabriek) as closely as possible by movements of her body. She was
recorded by three depth cameras (Kinect), in which the intersection of the
images was later put together to a three-dimensional volume (3d point cloud),
so we were able to use the collected data throughout the further process.
The three-dimensional image allowed us a completely free handling of the
digital camera, without limitations of the perspective. The camera also reacts
to the sound and supports the physical imitation of the musical piece by the
performer. She moves to a noise field, where a simple modification of the
random seed can consistently create new versions of the video, each offering
a different composition of the recorded performance. The multi-dimensionality
of the sound sculpture is already contained in every movement of the dancer,
as the camera footage allows any imaginable perspective.
The body â€“ constant and indefinite at the same time â€“ â€œburstsâ€ the space
already with its mere physicality, creating a first distinction between the self
and its environment. Only the body movements create a reference to the
otherwise invisible space, much like the dots bounce on the ground to give it
a physical dimension. Thus, the sound-dance constellation in the video does
not only simulate a purely virtual space. The complex dynamics of the body
movements is also strongly self-referential. With the complex quasi-static,
inconsistent forms the body is â€œpaintingâ€, a new reality space emerges whose
simulated aesthetics goes far beyond numerical codes.
frequencies (a) is a sound performance/installation combining the sound of mechanically triggered tuning forks with pure digital soundwaves. The performer is triggering sequences from the computer, activating solenoids that hits the tuning forks with high precision. Streams of light burst in synchronicity with the forks, creating a not-quite-minimal sound and light composition.
BRUISME (FR) _ June 29, 2014
VISIBLE BITES AUDIBLE BYTES (UK) _ March 12-22, 2014
SECONDE NATURE (FR) _ Oct 24, 2013
ELECTRONI[K] (FR) _ Oct 18-19, 2013
BOZAR ELECTRONIC ARTS FESTIVAL (BE) _ Sept 28, 2013
FESTIVAL ARS ELECTRONICA (AT) _ Sept 9, 2013
OK CENTER (AT) _ Sept 5-7, 2013
ELEKTRA (CA) _ May 2-4, 2013
ELECTRIC SPRING (UK) _ Febuary 13, 2013
ODDSTREAM (NL) _ October 27, 2012
LAB30 (DE) _ October 25-26, 2012
ELECTRIC FIELDS (CA) _ October 10, 2012
• nicolas bernier: audiovisual composition, concept, performance, programmation, technical design and some electronics
• olivier lefebvre: techical design
• laurent loison: fabrication
The opening 6 minutes of "Nga Reo O Te Whenua: Voices of the Land", a feature documentary about Richard Nunns, Horomona Horo and their shared journey of acoustic discovery in the resonant landscapes of Aotearoa (New Zealand).
The film explores the public and personal journeys of these two extraordinary musicians as the reflect on the revival of taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments) and the place of these instruments in the culture and landscape of modern Aotearoa.
The opening scenes shown here were shot in Ngarua Caves, Takaka and Karamea Beach in Feburary 2013.
The film is currently in production, due to be released in early 2014.