Arcadia, Coded Matters, Audible Bytes, Seeing Sound ++

04.10.14 | Permalink | Comment?

Chromophore at William Basinski’s Arcadia, London, March 2014

Here’s a brief round up of shows, lectures and performances I’ve been involved in the last few months:

William Basinki’s Arcadia [London]

‘In 1989 William Basinski founded Arcadia, a studio and performance space that defined Williamsburg as an arts community and became the seat of the cultural avant-garde in the 90’s.
In March 2014, Basinski and Art Assembly co-curated a series of Arcadia inspired music and live art events in London’ I was invited to perform a set of audio-visual works alongside a screening of my fixed media visual music works. Other performers included Evelina Dominitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Aki Onda, Janek Schaefer, Julia Kent, Charlemagne Palestine, Rhys Chatham and of course William Basinski.

Cyclotone [live audio-visual performance at Coded Matters #2: Sound Hackers]

Coded Matter(s) #2 Sound Hackers [Amsterdam]

‘Coded Matter(s) #2, in November 2013, brought together sound hackers and musical enthusiasts to contemplate the effects of technology artistic processes and the ability of silent data processing operations to create new (un)natural sonic phenomena. Code is making it possible to command the sense of sound in new ways, but this will only prevail as a method of making if new ways of thinking also emerge’

Here is a review of my performance of Cyclotone which took place in the De Brakke Grond Theatre:

‘Paul Prudence closed the matinee with a deafening Dutch première performance of ‘Cyclotone’, a synaesthetic experience reminiscent of Hadyn’s surprise symphony. The motion of the cylindrical circles appeared almost alive and embodied of their own accord, a sort of automated kaleidoscope of a black hole. Holistically it reminded me of the work by Moholy-Nagy with optical sound, where the audience extracts what they can from it based on their own personal sonic memes. Not for the epileptic, the hypnotic drones move from sound to music to sound again. The visuals acts as a radar that gives us extra-musical information about sound, what code does for sound, it creates metadata that can be manipulated in a way that allows us to further play with the matter’ – Kimberly Waldbillig

 Cyclotone – Paul PrudenceCyclotone [live audio-visual performance at Coded Matters #2: Sound Hackers]

Renew Digital Arts Festival [Copenhagen]

‘The annual Re-new media art confest is a meeting-point for all those active in the art-science-technology amalgam. The event is a platform for artists, technologists, curators, researchers and scientists alike, and facilitates networking, knowledge sharing and dissemination’. I traveled to Copenhagen in October 2013 to give an audio-visual performance at the festival. A Flickr set documenting the Renew Digital Arts Festival can be found here.

Cyclotone – Paul PrudenceCyclotone [live audio-visual performance at Coded Matters #2: Sound Hackers]

Tech Art: (Operating Manual for) Spaceship Earth [Rotterdam]

‘Filling 3.000 m2 with audiovisual adventures, technology, criticism and popular culture. Cooperating with ESA, WORM, Rotterdam and Den Haag art academies, leading technical universities from Enschede, Eindhoven, Delft. Tech Art is the tech-expo of 2014 showing installations, projections, games, concepts, prototypes themed around American philosopher and architect Buckminster Fuller’s concept of The Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth’ I was included in the exhibition with a number of fixed media visual music works and invited to play a live audio-visual set in the floating Geodesic pavilion for the evening event. A Flickr set documenting The Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth can be found here.

Performance-PavilionGeodesic performance pavilion at Tech Art: (Operating Manual for) Spaceship Earth

Seeing Sound Symposium [Bath, UK]

‘Seeing Sound is an informal practice-led symposium exploring multimedia work which foregrounds the relationship between sound and image. It explores areas such as visual music, abstract cinema, experimental animation, audiovisual performance and installation practice through paper sessions, screenings, performances and installations. Seeing Sound 2013 took place in late November 2013 and focused on live performance, in particular contemporary dance’. I gave an audio-visual performance of my current piece Cyclotone. A Flickr set documenting the Seeing Sound Symposium can be found here.

ParheliaParhelia [background screens] at Tech Art: (Operating Manual for) Spaceship Earth

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes [Leicester, UK]

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes was a one day symposium and set of screenings/performances held in Leicester on the 12th March exploring the relationships between sound and image. I gave a talk and performance – other artists included Ryo Ikeshiro, Nicholas Bernier and Alo Allik.

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

02.13.14 | Permalink | Comment?

LINE_063 | Data DVD + digital download | limited edition of 500 | November 2013

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

LINE is pleased to announce its latest edition featuring astoundingly detailed audio/visual works by six internationally recognized artists: Evelina Domnitch + Dmitry Gelfand (RU/US), COH (RU), Paul Prudence (UK), Francisco López (ES), and Asmus Tietchens (DE).

‘The fluidity and even the granularity of light can be unfolded by the senses through active attunement coupled with meticulously orchestrated conditions. Though formerly considered impossible to imagine, let alone perceive, recently, a variety of quantum behavior has been observed on macroscopic scales, from colloidal liquids to biological systems. Liquified Sky documents a series of artworks that pierce this slippery, mesoscopic threshold, departing from the antiquated cult of the illusory, solid-state image’

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

Review by Attn Magazine:

On “Mucilaginous Omniverse”, particles of silicone oil quiver and congeal, embarking on volatile alternations between momentary stasis and ecstatic spirals that escalate without instigation. The audio (provided by CoH in part one, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand in part two) is wonderfully synchronised, mirroring the moments of vibratory agitation with bass frequencies surging in on shallow gradients, and punctuating each pipette-planted bubble with a staccato pip reverberating into the surrounding infinite. In the presence of such mesmerising and otherworldly movement, the composers seem at home—energy slurps in from nowhere, and plosive fissures occur without the need for any explicit source, showering the black canvas (which sometimes resembles lightless, oceanic depths) with hollow streams of soft noise and alien sonar.

Things turn terrifying in the second half, commencing with Francisco Lopez conducting Paul Prudence’s bubble membranes and mercury streams in “Hydro Acoustic Study”. There’s a stretch around the halfway mark where a pendulum of crushed static sends a jelly circle into shape-shifting alternations, gifted shape by the phantom light that radiates its intricate, fluid contours – it’s an unnerving whirlpool that tilts and mutates under erratic and slippery sonic instruction, rife with glimmer and inward reflection. Meanwhile, “Memory Vapor” (Domnitch and Gelfand on visuals, Tietchens on sound) brings an otherwise imperceptible cloud chamber into a slow-motion glow stick precipitation, illuminated through contrail streams of vibrant green and pink—the soundtrack captures both the fluidity of movement and the visual’s micro-particle construct, moving in gargantuan dynamic surges comprised of thousands of internal pulses.

Thanks and gratitude to Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand for asking me to become part of this project.

A video trailer of the audio-visual works contained on the DVD can be found here

Lumophore at Kaluga Planetarium

01.21.14 | Permalink | Comment?

LumophoreLumophore at Kaluga Planetarium, Russia

In October 2013 I produced a commissioned full-dome work for the Kaluga Festival held at the Kaluga Planetarium and Space Museum in Russia. Extending ideas in a previous work, Chromophore, Lumophore – a fixed media work, explored the potential for inter-modal colour-shape-sound synergies to create an abstract narrative of architectonic forms in relation to sound. A lumophore (also luminophore) is an atom or atomic grouping in a chemical compound that manifests luminescence.

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Lumophore is available as a limited edition artwork at Sedition

More stills of the piece can be found here.

Sphaerae.Acoustic.Study at Ars Electronica

01.21.14 | Permalink | Comment?


Sphaerae.Acoustic.Study edit

For the 2013 edition of Ars Electronica, in Linz, I performed a spherically enhanced version of Hydro Acoustic Study made specially for the Sphæræ inflatable dome pavilion.

Sphæræ is an inflatable pavilion with multiple domes, the interior surfaces of which serve as projection surfaces for artistic-scientific works. In this construction by designer Cocky Eek, the Dutch group Synergetica Lab will present a series of performances and installations. While addressing different senses, they all have one thing in common: each refers in some way to the field of synthetic biology, and is the result of an artistic search for the origin of life connected with an attempt to rewrite its code.

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Sphaerae.Acoustic.Study at Ars Electronica 2013

With works by Martijn van Boven (NL), Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand (BY/NL), Cocky Eek (NL), Eduard Haiman & Michael Holub & Evgeniy Vashenko & Vadim Smakhtin (RU/UA), Theun Karelse (NL), Francisco López (NL/SP), Bas van Koolwijk (NL), Arthur I. Milller (UK), Matthijs Munnik (NL), Eric Parren (US), Nenad Popov & Erfan Abdi (NL), Paul Prudence (UK), Joost Rekveld (NL), Joris Strijbos & Yamila Rios (NL), Dieter Vandoren (BE) & Mariska de Groot (NL)

Arc.Cyclotone Video Documentation

11.16.13 | Permalink | Comment?

This video documentation of my performance of Cyclotone, at Arc Festival in Bristol earlier this year, was edited and composited from wide-angle footage captured by Ali Wade and Germaine-Nichol Hughes. Projecting the piece onto a 22m x 3.5m arc shaped screen at an extreme aspect ratio and resolution of 3960×1280 revealed extra, and usually hidden, panoramic details of dense concentric and nested geometric structures.

Videos of Cyclotone can be found here and here. Stills of the piece can be found here.

Thanks to Ali Wade for passing on the footage to me.

Chromophore

09.12.13 | Permalink | Comment?

Video documentation of Chromophore

Chromophore, a recent work completed in June 2013, applies bi-directional communication between audio [Ableton Live] and visual software [VVVV] systems to create real-time synergistic colour-shape-sound modalities.

A chromophore is the part of a molecule responsible for its colour. The colour arises when a molecule absorbs certain wavelengths of visible light and transmits or reflects others. The chromophore is a region in the molecule where the energy difference between two different molecular orbitals falls within the range of the visible spectrum. Visible light that hits the chromophore can thus be absorbed by exciting an electron from its ground state into an excited state.

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A video fragment documenting Chromophore was selected as a Vimeo staff pick insuring it received a healthy 50K+ visitors in its first week online. It has since been featured on a number of audio-visual, motion graphics, experimental animation and generative art blogs.

Stills of the piece can be found HERE

Full HD Videos of the piece can be found HERE and HERE

Cyclotone [intro video & patch schematics]

08.07.13 | Permalink | Comment?

Video documentation of the opening part of Cyclotone

‘I saw 4-d geometry, 4-d space-time diagrams spinning and morphing into quasars with jets, black holes and the big bang!’ – Arthur I Miller, Author of ‘Empire of the Stars: Friendship, Obsession and Betrayal in the Quest for Black holes’

Cyclotone - VVVV patch screenshot
Cyclotone – VVVV patch screenshot

Cyclotone - VVVV patch screenshot
Cyclotone – VVVV patch screenshot

Cyclotone - VVVV patch screenshot
Cyclotone – VVVV patch screenshot

Cyclotone, and my work in general, will be featured in Arthur Miller’s new book which is tentatively titled ‘The New Avant-Garde: Dispatches from the Edge of Science and Art’. Cyclotone has also been featured at Creativeapplications and Creatorsproject among other blogs.

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Cyclotone cross-wires sound and video material to create multi-modalities using a variety of algorithmic strategies, further synergies are created by employing associative, metaphorical and perceptual bindings between the visual and sonic domains. The work takes conceptual cues from cyclotrons and particle accelerators and is inspired to commemorate the first wave of Russian cosmonauts who conquered space physically as well as the artists of the Constructivist movement who conquered space conceptually.

Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol

08.07.13 | Permalink | Comment?

Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol
Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol

For Arc Festival, Bristol, April 2013, I re-purposed Cyclotone to accommodate an extreme and expansive 22m x 3.4m arc shaped screen which spanned the full width of the venue. Since the live content of my works always extends far outside of full HD resolution, this new resolution of 3840×2160 revealed even greater geometric structural details in the performance as the photographs illustrate.

Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol
Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol

Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol
Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol

Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol
Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol

Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol
Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol

Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol
Arc.Cyclotone – Arc Festival, Bristol

Photographic documentation of the Cyclotone can be found HERE. Photographic documentation of the Arc Festival can be found HERE

Apeiron for the Musion Holographic System

08.06.13 | Permalink | Comment?

Apeiron – Paul Prudence

Apeiron is live audio-visual work produced for the Musion Holographic Projection System and was performed at Kinetica, London during February 2013. The projection system uses a modern version of the Peppers Ghost effect. The effect, popular in Victorian parlours across London in the 1860s, was an illusionary trick using a plate glass combined with special lighting effects to create three-dimensional ghostlike figures on stage.

Apeiron – Paul Prudence
Apeiron – Paul Prudence

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Apeiron – Paul Prudence

Apeiron – Paul Prudence
Apeiron – Paul Prudence

Apeiron explores the phase transitions and shape transmutations of a set of complex nested spherical harmonic forms modulated by sound. The apeiron, central to the cosmological theory created by Anaximander in the 6th century BC, means limitless, infinite, or indefinite. Anaximander believed that infinite worlds are generated from apeiron and then are destroyed there according to the principle of genesis-decay.

Apeiron – Paul Prudence
Apeiron – Paul Prudence

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Apeiron – Paul Prudence

Apeiron – Paul Prudence
Apeiron – Paul Prudence

Werner Heisenberg, originator of quantum mechanics, arrived at the idea that the elementary particles are to be seen as different quantum states or manifestations arriving from same ‘primordial substance’. Because of its similarity to the primordial substance hypothesized by Anaximander, his colleague Max Born called this substance apeiron.

Photographic documentation of the Apeiron, including live performance images, can be found HERE

Controlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

05.22.13 | Permalink | Comment?

Controlled Evidence – Paul PrudenceControlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

In November 2012 I gave a lecture and performance coinciding with a show of my printed works as part of the group exhibition ‘Controlled Evidence’ at the Simons Centre for Physics & Geometry, New York, curated by Margaret Schedel.

‘The pre-eminent authority on data and statistical visualization, Edward Tufte, wrote “the commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly – to develop strategies of seeing and showing.” Controlled Evidence showcases artists working across the science-art boundary, offering new perspectives on science, technology, and society through multiple art forms including print, sculpture, interactive auditory and visual display, artificial intelligence, and video transcoded into sound. Interpreting and understanding “big data” is one of the challenges of our time; the artists in this exhibit capture, curate, manage, and process information to create compelling works which are chimeras of art and science’ – Margaret Schedel, curator.

Autotroph XCII – Paul PrudenceAutotroph XCII – Controlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

Autotroph XCI – Paul PrudenceAutotroph XCII – Controlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

Autotroph XCIII – Paul PrudenceAutotroph XCII – Controlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

Autotroph XCIV – Paul PrudenceAutotroph XCII – Controlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

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The Autotroph Series [link to large images]

The Autotroph series of prints use programmatic simulations of the classic analogue feedback set-up where a camera points to a monitor to which its output is connected and in doing so mimic a recursive function. This computational version contains a circuit of renderers (virtual monitor screens), each passing its output (a white square) to the next renderer in the chain. A set of transformations of the video signal, as it is conveyed around this loop, generates different kinds hyperbolic and geometric tessellations with strict symmetry.

An Autotroph (from the Greek autos = self and trophe = nutrition), is an organism that produces complex organic compounds from simple inorganic molecules using energy from light or inorganic chemical reactions.

Song of Milarepa #1 – Paul PrudenceAutotroph XCII – Controlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

Song of Milarepa #2 – Paul PrudenceAutotroph XCII – Controlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

Song of Milarepa #3 – Paul PrudenceAutotroph XCII – Controlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

Song of Milarepa #4 – Paul PrudenceAutotroph XCII – Controlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

Controlled Evidence – Paul PrudenceControlled Evidence, Simons Centre, NY

The Songs of Milarepa Series [link to large images]

The Songs of Milarepa series are generated using parameters derived from real-time audio analysis of Eliane Radigue’s electro-acoustic drone piece ‘Songs of Milarepa’. These parameters are then used to modulate aspects of a 3-d environment creating a visual representation of sound. Frequency parameters are used to modulate an array of surface textures, while volume parameters are used to deconstruct a visualisation of the well-known Superformula onto which the textures are projected.

The Superformula is a generalization of the superellipse [named and popularized by Piet Hein] and was first proposed by Johan Gielis in ‘A generic geometric transformation that unifies a wide range of natural and abstract shapes’ in the American Journal of Botany 90 p333–338. Gielis suggested that the formula can be used to describe many complex shapes and curves that are found in nature.

‘Accustomed long to meditating on the Unborn, the Indestructible, the Unchanging, I have forgotten all definitions of this or that particular goal’ – Milarepa

Photographic documentation of the Controlled Evidence can be found HERE

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