Electronic Arts and Performance

  1. This installation draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy Station 46246 (49°59'7" N 145°5'20" W) on the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure installed at The National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. The result was a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from this distant location.


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  2. Zimoun

    Sound Architectures, Sculptures & Installations
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    Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun's minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.

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    «The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic». It‘s an artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviors in sound and motion. Zimoun creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.» Tim Beck

    «Zimoun is best compared to a watchmaker of a self-reproducing time constructing his own gauging station.» Radjo Monk

    «The clean, elegant sound sculptures combine visual, sonic, and spatial elements in an organically balanced entirely artwork. Using simple and well- conceived mechanical systems, Zimouns‘s work transforms and activates the space.» Jury Prix Ars Electronica 2010

    «Zimoun creates complex kinetic sound sculptures by arranging industrially produced parts according to seemingly simple rules. Using motors, wires, ventilators, etc.., he creates closed systems that develop their own behavior and rules similarly to artificial creatures. Once running, they are left to themselves and go through an indeterminable process of (de)generation.
    These quasi autonomous creatures exist in an absolutely synthetic sphere of lifeless matter. However, within the precise, determinist systems creative categorioes suddenly reappear, such as deviation, refusal and transcience out of which complex patterns of behavior evolve.» Node10

    «It is a poetic and humorous absurdity we find in Zimoun’s work, which opens up a wide, refreshing and enriching space for discoveries, associations and a multitude of approaches.» Nina Terry

    «The components used in Zimoun’s work are simple, functional and raw, whereas only aesthetically high-level and purposefully chosen elements and materials are used in minimalist fashion. Through radical reduction, Zimoun creates works of art which allow for a plethora of associations without being pinned down to a specific direction. Radical abstraction functions rather like a code in the background of things, thus elegantly avoiding an insinuation of direct, concrete attribution. Thanks to the abundance of mechanical activity, the range of perception, possibilities and interpretations is wide open.» Amanda Neumann

    «Indeed, one of the refreshing elements of this work is the immediacy with which one can understand the sound-making process, where each micro-event is present, visible, and concrete. Yet at the same time the resulting complexity of the total system, conjured before your eyes, defies any attempt to dissect it. You might find yourself feeling there is a «prime mover» at work behind the scenes, but in fact it is just the characteristic reaction of materials behaving together and in unison with the space of their activity. A magic of the real.» Xymara




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  3. Tessel is a kinetic sound installation investigating the perception of sound and space.

    The installation is constituted of a suspended and articulated topography of 4 x 2 m, subdivided into forty triangles. Twelve of them are fitted with motors and eight are equipped with audio transducers, thus creating a dynamic sonic space, evolving softly, constantly reconfigurated. The shape of the surface is transformed and synchronized with a musical composition, establishing a choreographic dialogue between sculpture and sound, while altering perception. Recalling Tinguely's poetic machines, Alexander Calder's mobiles or Buckminster Fuller's structures, Tessel is a sculpture that involves time and movement to continue the quest for a synesthetic perception of sonic and spatial phenomenons.

    The name ‘Tessel’ is derived from ‘tessellation’, a term applied to the geometric subdivision of a surface into plane polygons, also known as ‘tiling’. This technique is also used by 3D softwares to allow the calculation of rendered images. The term has its origin in the Latin word ‘tessella’, describing the square tiles used to make mosaics.

    Tessel is based on the ‘pinwheel pattern’, a non-periodic tiling coined by mathematicians Charles Radin and John Conway, which allows the creation of an infinitely complex geometry, only constructed from a single right triangle. Here, the pinwheel is transformed to meet the movement requirements, resulting in a new pattern composed of 4 different triangles, which is then folded and transposed to the third dimension.
    This peculiar geometric construction suggests that the work is only a part of a much wider whole, a finite element extracted from an infinite system.

    The sound composition and the movements are closely linked together : the speed and acceleration of each motors are used as datas to process and diffuse the sound in real-time.
    The geometrical properties of the triangles define the 4 different phases of the composition, while the structure inside each theme follows the dimensions and symmetries of each triangle type.

    Tessel is a collaboration between French composer and artist David Letellier, and LAb[au], Belgian electronic arts studio. Tessel is a co-production of the galleries MediaRuimte (Brussels) and Roger Tator (Lyon), realised with the financial support of Arcadi, Dicream and the Commission des Arts Numériques de la Communauté Française de Belgique.

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    anodized aluminum profiles, steel profiles, spiral springs, taped springs, nylon washers and bearings, triangular bases, brackets with axles, steel cables and screws.

    Tunnel is a kinetic, immersive and interactive sculpture, composed of 92 porticos that become disordered in function of the position and body mass of the interactor.
    Numerous users can simultaneously enter and interact with the machine. Interactors agency the machine via their position and weight. An example of interaction is: you go into the Tunnel and stand by one of the sidewalls. In this case, the relative position and the gravitational force of your body provoke variations of floor height. The floor inclines up to 5º, the associated porticos progressively rotate in the corresponding direction and angle, and this propagates undulatory movements throughout the entire installation. For the outside observer, the internal movement or your displacement in relation to the installation produces kinetic optic effects.

    Túnel é uma escultura cinética, imersiva e interativa, composta de 92 pórticos que se desalinham em função da posição e da massa do corpo do interator.
    Vários usuários podem entrar e interagir simultaneamente na máquina. Interatores agenciam a máquina via posicionamento e peso. Um exemplo de interação é: você entra no Túnel e se posiciona próximo a uma das paredes laterais. Nesse caso, a posição relativa e a força gravitacional do seu corpo provocam variações na altura do piso. O piso inclina em até 5º, rotaciona progressivamente os pórticos associados na direção e no ângulo correspondentes, e com isso propaga movimentos ondulatórios em toda a extensão da obra. Para o observador externo, movimentos internos ou o seu deslocamento em relação à obra produzem efeitos óticos cinéticos.

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  5. Double Pendulum Music is an autonomous installation, nonlinearity and chaos are explored sonically (chaotic sound synthesis) and visually (chaotic motion). Establishing itself somewhere between generative composition and kinetic sculpture, the chaotic motion of a double pendulum is used as a source of uncertainty to create chaotic harmonic and rhythmic auditory events in real-time. The natural laws at work create complex aural and visual behaviour from simple interactions. As a result, the events heard and seen are never the same twice, making Double Pendulum Music a celebration of unpredictability and sensitivity.

    Sound synthesis realised in the SuperCollider programming language. Recorded at Modes sound exhibition, Truman Brewery London, 5th June 2011

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Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance (LEAP) is a non-profit interdisciplinary project for electronic, digital media arts and performance that aims to initiate the dialogue between art, science and technology. LEAP’s central concept is based on experimental research in digital technologies and media, which shape and change our present and future society and stimulate new discourses, discussions and questions.

The human being (or body) is thus in performative interaction with these technologies and their impact on society and culture. He stands in a transformative process with its environment and thus prompts to challenge the limits of its exterior and interior.
The conceptual and substantive program of LEAP deals with the discussion of new discourses, critical issues and provides a bridge between theory and practice. With its exhibitions and projects, LEAP is interested in this direct involvement of the urban environment outside the gallery, incorporating this relationship into its experimental context and in exploring the progressive fusion of real and virtual space.


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