This year’s signature collaborative concerts with partner festival transmediale – festival for digital art and culture host the German premiere of "Double Vision", a new collaboration between shape-shifter Atom™ (aka. Uwe Schmidt, Atom Heart, Señor Coconut) and the Australian intermedia artist Robin Fox in a powerful three-dimensional assault of sound and vision. A performance commissioned by Unsound and Adelaide Festival, "Double Vision" merges Fox's synaesthetic laser-show and Schmidt's deconstructed take on pop music in an attempt to explore affective involvement in a spectrum ranging from a near scientific demonstration of audiovisual phenomena to the playfulness of pop and back.
The second of two collaborative concerts, this evening also features "Black Smoking Mirror", a work that forms part of the Noise & Matter trilogy by Dutch artists Gert-Jan Prins and Martijn van Boven. Conveying the rudimentary elements of light, electronic frequencies, and chemical transformations through heat, capture, and storage in elementary media-technological materials, the work is presented on a fixed screen of inflammable canvas that is gradually engraved by a laser, causing combustion. The principle of reflection and the material processing of images is rendered frighteningly physical, a symbolic expression about the transformation time of resistance, friction, and obstruction of the canvas. What remains after the performance – the last, scortched image frame.
Uwe Schmidt (a.k.a Atom™, Atom Heart, and Señor Coconut) is a celebrated and ceaselessly prolific electronic music producer working under an ever-changing array of pseudonyms and personalities.
Martijn van Boven is a visual artist from the Hague, with a focus on experimental films and computer generated art. His work is expressed through installations, films, collaborations with composers, and cinema performances. Boven has been the head of Interaction Design at the ArteZ Institute since 2012, and teaches audio-visual design at the Art Academy in Arnhem.
Robin Fox is a leading Australian intermedia artist working across live performance, exhibition, public art projects, and design for contemporary dance. Robin Fox's laser works, which synchronize sound and visual electricity in hyper-amplified 3D space, have been presented in over fifty cities worldwide, including London's Barbican.
Dutch experimentalist Gert-Jan Prins, has been manipulating sound since the 1980s beginning with industrial free-jazz group Gorgonzola Legs. Initially a free jazz percussionist, Prins now focuses on electronic noise, and custom built transmitters and receivers that produce complex feedback loops. Prins is a member of the twelve-piece MIMEO orchestra and the A/V Synchronator project.