After the success of Le Placard live sessions at The Bridge Festival in Ruse, Rokolectiv invites Erik Minkinnen to organize a 10 hours festival on Saturday 11th of April at MNAC. Le Placard is a particular way of diffusing live performances via headphones, thus immersing the audience in a state of concentration. The attendance is free: any artist who wishes to perform can subscribe for a live or DJ set, plug the personal gear and perform in front of the audience. To the present day, about a hundred of Le Placard festivals have taken place, connecting various cities.
Akousmaflore is a small garden composed of living musical plants or flowers, which react to human gestures and light contact. Each plant reacts in a different way to contact or heat by a specific sound. The plant language occurs through touch and the close proximity of the spectator.The plants sing when the audience lightly stroke or pass in the immediate vicinity to them. A "floral" concert is, thus, created.
The installation will be running in the basement of The Ark, on both 10t and 11th of April.
The idea of the installation was inspired by one of the early paintings of Magritte, "The Voice of Space" (1928), which questioned the gravitation by representing the impressive stillness of spherical objects projected on a clear blue sky. The installation proposes a minimal environment in terms of space and colours. As in Magritte’s painting, the two hemispheres of each sphere are detached and in the empty median space thus created people are invited to insert and move gently their hands. These movements make the sensors react and generate sounds. The noises and music generated by this particular space and its transient inhabitants are audible for the ones interacting with the sphere only by headphones. This gives the title of the installation, Amusia, which suggests the inability to recognize musical tones and rhythms or to reproduce them.
Founded by artist Nathalie Bruys and designer Katja van Striphout, Soundmuseum.fm went online in October 2008 as an exhibition platform and archive for experimental sound art. Its curatorial/editorial team invites artists and other curators to add audio recordings of any length to the Soundmuseum depot and a short text by the artist or curator puts each exhibition section or piece of work in context. With its broad artistic range, from sound art, field recordings, compositions from the field of New Music and radio experiments through to contemporary electronic music from various off-scenes, Soundmuseum.fm is already a rapidly expanding network structure. Besides the online-platform Soundmuseum.fm also materialises in space in the form of a tangible installation.
Tactil is an audio-video installation which allows several users to interact simultaneously.
The multi-touch platform gives different types of feedback, depending on the image-interface the user operates with. Tactil is an attempt to demonstrate that the communication between man and computer is as natural and complex as the communication between two human beings. However, the installation does not stand for cyber-philosophic theories, but it is rather a playful instrument which exploits your creativity in a different way.
Paul Eugen is a Romanian lab freak and has already designed 3 installations: Holopix (2006), Traffic Pattern Generator (2007), and Invisible Walls (2008), an interactive display with insects. Click here for preview