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Meta.Morf 2012 - A Matter of Feeling

A MATTER OF FEELING –
CURATORIAL STATEMENT.
By ALEX ADRIAANSENS

A Matter of Feeling. By Alex Adriaansens, director V2_, Rotterdam. Advertising has made us chasing cars and clothes, we have working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised by television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. Tyler Durden in “The Fight Club” The social welfare state is falling…

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Ralf Baecker / Irrational Computing

RALF BAECKER [DE]

Irrational Computing (2011) IRRATIONAL COMPUTING investigates material, aethetics and potential of digital processes. The basic raw materials of our surrounding information technology are semiconductor crystals such as silicon, quartz or silicon carbide, which, thanks to today’s advanced microtechnology and extremely sophisticated procedures, are processed into transistors or integrated circuits (IC), with the materiality of modern microprocessors having long since ceased to be graspable. The extreme miniaturization and the black-box set-up elude visual interpretation. The Installations circuit runs counter to the developments in information technology, representing the…

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PHILIP BEESLEY [CA]

Epiphyte Grove – Hylozoic series (2011 – 2012) The Hylozoic Ground experimental architecture series developed by architect Philip Beesley has been expanded and refined by researchers, engineers and designers from around the world. It is an immersive, interactive environment that moves and breathes around its viewers, creating an environment that can ‘feel’ and ‘care’. Next-generation artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and interactive technology create an environment that is nearly alive. This new technology has, according to the London Times, “the power to be the dominant aesthetic of…

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Jessica de Boer / Solid Void

JESSICA DE BOER [NL]

Solid Void (2007) Ice, Water, Glass Container / 40 x 40 x 40 cm The resin burns in the torch, but the heat is transferred and no one knows where it will ever end. – Zhuang Zi Solid Void shows the carving of ice during a thermodynamic process. In a room at 20˚C hangs in mid-air a glass-cube container filled with water. The process starts when an octahedron of ice is placed in the glass container, fitting exactly and airtight. The scale of this system makes…

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Øyvind Brandtsegg / Installation for a pedestrian bridge

ØYVIND BRANDTSEGG [NO]

Installation for a pedestrian bridge (2012) Co-produced by Meta.Morf / TEKS – Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstsenter. The installation is based on rhythm and sound generated by pedestrians passing the Shipyard Bridge (Flower Bridge, Trondheim). 8 contact speakers and 8 contact microphones are mounted to the underside of the bridge walkway.  Through exploring the rhythmic expression, the installation relates to development and negotiation of meaning in language. Rhythm patterns recorded from the audience walking across the bridge are recorded and used as source material for the development…

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Wim Delvoye / Cloaca No 5

WIM DELVOYE [BE]
@ TSSK

CLOACA N˚ 5 (2006) 2006 / 390 x 70 x 330 cm / Mixed Media Wim Delvoye is a Belgian neo-conceptual artist known for his inventive and often shocking projects. Much of his work is focused on the body. “Delvoye is involved in a way of making art that reorients our understanding of how beauty can be created.” Delvoye is perhaps best known for his digestive machine, “Cloaca”, which he unveiled at the Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, after eight years of consultation with experts in…

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DRIESSENS & VERSTAPPEN [NL]

Breed / E-volved Cultures (2001 – 2011) Breed  Breed is a computer program that uses artificial evolution to grow very detailed sculptures. The purpose of each growth is to generate by cell division from a single cell a detailed form that can be materialised. On the basis of selection and mutation a code is gradually developed that best fulfils this “fitness” criterion and thus yields a workable form. The designs were initially made in plywood. Currently the objects can be made in nylon and instainless steel…

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Xandra Van der Eijk / Momentum

XANDRA VAN DER EIJK [NL]

Momentum (2011) Momentum is a silent symphony, a dance between artist and installation, with the liquid (like time itself) flowing at its own pace. Xandra Van Der Eijk Momentum shows the process of decay and the human incapability to overcome it. It is a spacious, analog installation with a 4 to 6 -day cycle, guided by a very slow, continuous performance of assisting the installation in order for it to work, resulting in strong graphic, 4m long prints. Because of certain ingredients in the mixture,…

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PETER FLEMMING [CA]

Instrumentation (2012) Piano strings, mechanical saltwater dimmer, plywood transducer table, electromagnetic pickups, stepper motor actuated light dimmer, hardware, electromagnetic coils, custom circuits, drums. Instrumentation is an electro-mechanical sound installation inspired by resonance. The gallery installation preserves a sense of the makeshift, having evolved from studio experiments, using a limited palette of tools and readily available materials. Spanning two separate but connected spaces, different aspects of the work are presented in each. Unlikely loudspeakers improvised from buckets, drums, salvaged windows and hand-wound electromagnetic coils occupy a…

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ANTONY HALL / PUDDLE VORTEX

ANTONY HALL [UK]

Puddle Vortex (2012) PUDDLE VORTEX A seemingly incidental spillage reveals a spiralling vortex at its centre. The puddle appears to be constantly pulled into a void though it never reduces. Closer inspection reveals a microcosmos of complex behaviors. The perpetual puddle vortex draws in fluid and air, and re-circulates it back in to the puddle, so the puddle never disappears. Underneath the puddle is a vortex generating device, this does not simply spin the puddle; the liquid spirals down a hole, but magically the puddle never…

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Markus Kison / Pulse

MARKUS KISON [DE]

Pulse (2012) Co-produced by Meta.Morf / TEKS – Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre & V2_, Rotterdam, 2012 Rubber, acrylic glass, motors, arduino microcontrollers, laptop, processing applications, Internet connection, Blogger.com API. Pulse is a live-visualization of recent emotional expressions, written on private weblog communities like wordpress.com. Weblog entries are compared to a list of emotions, which refers to Robert Plutchik’s seminal book Psychoevolutionary Theory of Emotion published in 1980. Plutchik describes eight basic human emotions in his book: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger, and anticipation. He developed a diagram…

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KIANOOSH MOTALLEBI [UK]

 Terrestrialball (2010) A small spherical object made with the 94 naturally occurring elements on Earth. It measures 1 inch in diameter. Terrestrial Ball is a small, spherical object made of the 94 elements that occur naturally on earth. It is at once a tangible look at the world we live in, a memento of our home and an object that relates in an elementary way to every other object and substance that has ever been made. Meteors – bits of other worlds that fall onto…

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Guto Nóbrega / Breathing

GUTO NOBREGA [BR]

 Breathing (2009) Breathing is a small step towards new art forms in which subtle processes of organic and non-organic life may reveal invisible patterns that interconnect us. Breathing is a work of art based on a hybrid creature made of a living organism and an artificial system. The creature responds to its environment through movement, light and the noise of its mechanical parts. Breathing is the best way to interact with the creature. This work is the result of an investigation of plants as sensitive…

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Cesar Harada, Etienne Germez, Gabriella Levine, Kasia Molga, Sebastian Mueller / Protei

PROTEI / OIL COMPASS [FR US UK PL DE]

Shape-shifting Open Hardware Sailing Robot for Ocean Sensing and Cleaning PROTEI Protei is an international collaborative project born at the intersection of art, interaction
design and science. Initiated by Cesar Harada in the Gulf of Mexico during the BP oil spill, Protei is developed primarily to intercept Oil Spills sheens drifitng down the wind with a long oil absorbant “tail” sailing up the wind. With its shape-shifiting hull, it appropriates existing technologies in an innovative low cost design that can be implemented on the short term
to…

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Stelarc / Prosthetic Head

STELARC [AU]

 Prosthetic Head (2003) Prosthetic Head is an automated, animated and reasonably informed artificial head that speaks to the person who interrogates it. The PROSTHETIC HEAD project is a 3D avatar head, somewhat resembling the artist, that has real time lip-synching, speech synthesis and facial expressions. Head nods, head tilts and head turns as well as changing eye gaze contribute to the personality of the agent and the non-verbal cues it can provide. It is a conversational system which can be said to be only as…

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Zimoun / 25 Woodworms

ZIMOUN [CH]

 Woodworms, wood, microphones, sound system (2007 – 2012) ”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 curiously collected material, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. In an obsessive display of curiously collected material, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth,…

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PikselSavers-Norway

PikselSavers 2012
Oct. 5 – 7 @ Gallery KIT

 PikselSavers 2012 – screensavers that makes a difference! Oct. 5 – 7 @ Galleri KiT   PikselSavers is a screening programme of short movies and software art curated by the Piksel festival in Bergen. PikselSavers was commissioned by and first shown at the biennial for art and technology in Trondheim, Meta. Morf 2010. It was later presented at Pixelache Helsinki in March 2011 and at The Norwegian Telecom Museum during summer 2011. The programme was selected based on an open call for participation and the…

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SOUNDSPACE 1:1

SOUNDSPACE 1:1
Public installation
Sep. 27 – Oct. 28
@ Trondheim

Architecture students cooperate with students from the music technology program on the theme of Sound and Space in city spaces. To study architecture is largely about developing a consciousness about the meaning of space, of its possibilities and its limitations. The first phase of this learning process is to explore and create space – to get personal experiences with the spatial. The first assignment one gets as an architecture student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology is a complete small-scale building project. The…

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