14 February | 19:00

The Society for Nontrivial Pursuits #110

© “-logy”, performance by Vanessa Gageos, photo by Benoit Piccand

Doors: 18:30
Start time: 19:00


Complex behaviors, whether in feedback systems, chaotic circuits, social systems and/or computer programs are fascinating objects of study. The Society for Nontrivial Pursuits (students, alumni and associates of the class Generative Art / Computational Art at UdK Berlin) explores the possibility spaces of such systems for experimental performance. They design, build and program their own audio/visual performance systems based on a variety of devices, sensors, analog electronics, and software synthesis, and use them in extremely diverse projects, often intended for performance contexts. 

Performances (in no particular order whatsoever)

Katharina Hauke
mikrokontroller - instrument for vocalist

Vanessa Gageos
The performance embodies the conflict between the user and the interface dealing with the differences of their “own nature" and the impossibility of their communication.

Kairos Theory
Alberto de Campo (elec), Hannes Hoelzl (elec), Alexander Peterhaensel (dr) The trio's first incarnation as Sonoaviatics played from 2002-2004, then the members went on mostly separate artistic orbits. When their triple paths crossed again in 2015, the perfect moment had come: they clicked instantly, proving that Kairos, the greek god of the supreme moment where magic happens, is best worshipped by improvising sonic events in a network of humans and machines with attitudes.

Till Bovermann
BetaBlocker is a (virtual) stack machine, originally developed by David Griffiths for Nintendo DS and ported by me to SuperCollider. The UGen allows to induce feedback into data on a digital level as the program is able to change itself, manoeuvring the derived sonic experience into local, (pseudo-)periodic minima. WaveSet synthesis is a method invented by Trevor Wishard in which a given signal is analysed for its zero-crossings, so that the resulting "waves" can be recombined to form new sonic expressions.

Christian Schmidts
Audio visual piece where I will interact with a virtual swarm in order to let some volatile structures emerge and collapse.

Alice Dalga and Jack Wolf
An audio visual performance – reorganising the sounds and images of a highway's death and the announcement of the birth of a brand new gentrified city.

Niko LFO
LFO VS SUM - 4 channel electroacoustic live performance with self-built SUM controllers, sound synthesis and modular synthesis 

Matias Brunacci
I am a hybrid media artist working in the area of science, art and technology. My artwork incorporates sound design, electronics, glitch-art, Game Engine Environments and interactive installations. My work is often inspired by my personal attachment to machines and the digital-analog conversion that we experience every day. I explore these phenomena amplifying their effects to create new mediums and experiences.

Haye Heerten - Spectral Crossover
In a novel take on audiovisual synthesis a digital feedback system is used to generate abstract visual patterns in real time which simultaneously get translated into audio signals. Through putting the visuals first the attempt to directly correlate visual and aural sensation is surprisingly convincing. ‪http://haye.heerten.info/spectral-crossover

Gil Fuser
The Liebesbrunnen is a medium (or body, perhaps) that contains love. It is not meant to provide answers. It is one possible way to observe, experiment, play and connect with what happens inside us. It shows that love is not as beautiful, pure and clean, as one may think. Large and small movements can cause dramatic shifts inside. The Liebesbrunnen depends on observation, experimentation, gestures with human scale. In his momentum it creates sense and adds a new layer of meaning, proposing a question: how much love depends on interaction?
http://issuu.com/gilfuser/docs/portfolio2015_web/8-9 http://gilfuser.net/portfolio/liebesbrunnen/

Liang Zhipeng und Marlene Haase
What's the difference between sound and sound, what's the difference between the sound for the ear and sound for the heart, we present a little experiment.

Following the theme of the semester, the Society for Non Trivial Pursuits reunites its members for a collective audiovisual performance on rhythm.

Naomi Mulla