1. XYandZ Gallery Presents: "This is Not a Place: Work by Isaac Gale & David Jensen", a multi-media installation debuting film, sculpture, and photo work from Gale and Jensen's ongoing film project for notable Eau Claire-based band, Bon Iver.

    Compiled over the past year, the duo's film work traverses the wilds of April Base, the Wisconsin studio of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. Trundling through rich forest landscapes and ephemeral, sculptural environments, the films’ pure visual moments mesh with graceful digital effects, creating entangled shrines and smoke-filled twilights. At its root, the work deals with themes of space--both external and psychological. From physical installations to manipulated stills to multiple video projection environments, "This is Not a Place" will not only re-contextualize the finished pieces of Gale and Jensen's Bon Iver project, but also highlight the process and continuing evolution of it.

    OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 12th, 2012
    7 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Free
    Runs through Feb 11th


    Isaac Gale is a video artist and musician based in Minneapolis, MN. A longtime staple in the music scene, Gale’s talents have landed him gigs directing videos for luminaries such as Doomtree’s P.O.S., Sims, Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, and Dessa, as well as Gayngs, Bon Iver, Colin Stetson, and more. Gale is also a resident filmmaker and editor at Minneapolis creative agency, Permanent Art & Design Group, and acts as vocalist for renowned noise collective, Marijuana Deathsquads. isaacgale.com/

    David Jensen is an emerging artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. His recent work includes painting, installation, photography, and video. Jensen also spent the last year and a half art directing, producing, and directing content for Bon Iver, Colin Stetson, Herman Miller, Doomtree, and Gayngs; as well as several other exciting new artists in music and fashion. He and Gale's video "Burn it Down" for Doomtree artist Sims was an Official Music Video Selection of this past spring's SXSW 2011 Film Festival. dvdjnsn.com/

    XYandZ Gallery / 3258 Minnehaha Av S / MPLS / thexyandz.com/

    XYandZ is owned and operated by Permanent Art & Design Group permanentadg.com/

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  2. DAVID SPRIGGS - The Visible Spectrum
    2015. 4 minute loop. 1097 x 487 cm / 434 x 192 inches
    A digital video projection installation which first premiered at Arsenal Montreal for Spriggs solo exhibition PRISM. 3D modeling by David and Ian Spriggs

    The title of Spriggs’ premier projection artwork, ‘The Visible Spectrum’, refers to the portion of the electromagnetic waves that can be perceived by the human eye, notably in contrast to the spectrum that can be identified with the use of technology. Examining the limits of human vision in this way begs the viewer to consider that which is visible in contrast to that which is unseen. Inspired by the layering process employed in his other artworks, every frame of the video is a static cross-section of the subject, each like an abstract painting of a different layer of a semi-truck and its contents. The work depicts a scale representation of a Mercedes Benz transport truck, complete with an accurate representation of the internal mechanics, and approximately 100 life-size figures in the trailer. As the viewer watches the length of the animation they travel through the truck from one side to the other and back again in a perfect loop.

    As part of the exhibition ‘PRISM’, the work adds to the conceptual framework of the show for which the title references both the optical device that separates light into the spectrum of colour and the National Security Agency surveillance program. ‘The Visible Spectrum’ brings to mind border controls, issues with illegal substances and immigration, as well as the raging debate over national security vs. civil liberties. The animation presents a reimagined vision of a semi-truck and trailer under X-ray in a way that is not possible with the existing technology that only provides very low-quality imagery on a single plane. Influenced by the electromagnetic spectrum the people inside the trailer are depicted in a manner reminiscent of a combination of CT scans, MRIs, and thermal images. In this artwork, technology and the human body are placed in opposition to one another. The semi-truck is represented in a very cool, dark blue while inside the trailer the viewer witnesses an ever-changing dance of forms that becomes hypnotic, like a symphony of colours that expands and contracts.

    An underlying sense of unease and tension is ingrained in the artwork, stemming from the disembodied effect created by the cross-sectional images that present the viewer with the internal structures of the occupants from their muscle masses to their skeletal systems. Similar to the other works in the exhibition, there exists with this projection artwork a hybrid quality that oscillates between the flatness of an image and an imagined third dimension. Unlike Spriggs’ other works however where the individual layers are displayed together as a whole, the layers of ‘The Visible Spectrum’ are animated and it is the memory of the previous frames that ultimately enable the viewer to create the 3D image in their mind.

    Text by Heidi Schmeiser

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  3. „Birthlight“ is the first outcome of Strange Freedom, the artist collective who received the Vienna Filmmusic Award 2015.

    This short film by motion designer Christian Stangl is based on thousands of microscopic stills from which these stunning timelapse scenarios emerge. Stangl´s self-made chemical processes perform an endless dance of growing and dissolving, flooding and evaporating, melting and recrystalizing, creating an all together perfectly synced synthesis of sound and picture.

    The soundtrack captivates the audience with a sophisticated blend of electronic and acoustic orchestration. At the core of this musical ménage à trois is the mind and voice of project-founder Almalyn Griesauer, escorted by Michael Willer and Robert Stefan.

    Hardware used:
    Leiz Dialux Microscope
    Nikon D3
    Sony A7R

    composed in Adobe After Effects


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  4. klub katarakt – Internationales Festival für experimentelle Musik
    21. – 24. Januar 2015
Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, 22303 Hamburg
    1 0 J A H R E K L U B K A T A R A K T

    Das internationale Festival für experimentelle Musik klub katarakt geht vom 21. bis 24. Januar 2015 in die zehnte Runde und feiert dieses Jubiläum auf Kampnagel in Hamburg über vier Festivaltage mit einer breiten Palette an interdisziplinären Acts. Mit zahlreichen Konzerten, Lectures, DJ-Abenden sowie Video- und Sound-Installationen schaffen die Festivalleiter Jan Feddersen und Robert Engelbrecht mit KünstlerInnen wie der New Yorker Komponistin Lois V Vierk, dem deutsch-kroatischen Komponisten Marko Ciciliani, dem niederländischen audiovisuellen Trio Telcosystems, der US-amerikanischen Pianistin Ju-Ping Song oder dem Schweizer Perkussionisten Christian Wolfarth einen Experimentierraum für ungewöhnliche Hör- und Seherlebnisse. klub katarakt erforscht und erschließt neue Dimensionen der audiovisuellen Wahrnehmung und fungiert als Plattform für das gegenseitige Einwirken verschiedener Disziplinen und Strömungen.

    klub katarakt führte in seiner Geschichte bereits etliche Größen der internationalen Experimental-Szene nach Hamburg. KünstlerInnen wie Eliane Radigue, Marian Zazeela, Phill Niblock, Alvin Lucier, Rhys Chatham, Charles Curtis / La Monte Young, Marc Sabat, Gerard Pape und Matthias Kaul sowie das Ensemble zeitkratzer waren beispielsweise als Composer / Ensemble in Residence vertreten.

    klub katarakt ist bewusst kein Festival für Neue, sondern für experimentelle Musik. Aber nicht nur das Hörerlebnis, sondern auch die Präsentationsformen sind unkonventionell: Wandelkonzerte, lange Aufführungsdauern, raumbezogene Kompositionen und Audiovisuelles sind Teil des Programms. Das verschafft klub katarakteine stilistische Offenheit, die Robert Engelbrecht und Jan Feddersen als zeitgemäß empfinden. „Wir sind ja selber Musiker und Komponisten und haben daher noch eine andere Perspektive. Deshalb freut es uns auch sehr, dass unser Publikum, genau wie unser Line-Up, Jahr um Jahr von der Altersstruktur und vom Szenenbackground vielschichtiger wird“, so die Künstlerischen Leiter.

    Alle Infos unter: http://www.klubkatarakt.net und https://www.facebook.com/klub.katarakt

    Pressekontakt: hello@anikavaeth.com
    Musik by Ignacio Fernández-Bollo
    Trailer by Christopher Kuß & Maximilian Bartsch

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  5. Experimental project using Xbox One Kinect for motion data capture.
    Making of: vimeo.com/121436666


    Official website here asphyxia-project.com/

    Music and Direction : Maria Takeuchi
    Visuals and Direction : Frederico Phillips
    Performance Artist : Shiho Tanaka
    Camera Filming / Support : Samuel Blalark
    Camera equipment : Jason Guerrero

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