There’s not a word yet for visuals as event.
We know it when we see it. And we know it in other media. With music, there’s no question when something becomes performative, when the human element is something you can’t subtract. But in electronic visuals, in light and image, the awareness of what is emerging in the medium seems latent.
The narrow view of VJing and club visuals is dated. And disconnecting those media from generative and interactive work misses an explosive and dynamic new craft. Whether it’s clever work with optical analog and overhead projectors, or a delicately-constructed piece of interactive software, the question is simple: when can you take something in visual media and tell people “you had to be there.”
It’s long past time for CDM to renew its commitment to this question. It was the root of starting something called createdigitalmotion, and part of why music and motion are intertwined — finding that inflection point when a visual creation can speak like a musical instrument. And in the first chapter of that, I’m pleased to announce a curatorial partnership with Berlin’s LEHRTER SIEBZEHN, and curators Stefanie Greimel and Johanna Wallenborn. This will bring an event in Berlin fusing music with visual experience in installation and performance, and taking that showcase online for our readers internationally.
Here’s Johanna on what we set out to do:
UNRENDER is about showcasing a digital community physically in a space, bringing together remarkable visual artists whose work is usually not accessible to the general public. UNRENDER is really about the immediateness of art being experienced, having some of the most captivating artists performing live and enabling them to show their outside of the traditional contexts. In that way, UNRENDER offers a unprecedented leeway for the visual scene.
That’s a lot for us to live up to, but we have an unfair advantage – there’s a community here that makes a great lens on the work being done in the greater international scene. That also includes a partnership with Scope Sessions, who have opened up channels in Berlin for local and visiting artists to talk about their work. We’re hugely grateful to have all their involvement, and look forward to sharing their work and ideas – musical and visual.
Here’s the complete lineup – and if this inspires questions, let us know and we’ll ask the artists:
LEHRTER SIEBZEHN and CDM
unrender is a party for visual expression, live. Gather with some of our favorite creators to see their latest performance and installation work, and meet other artists and lovers of adventurous electronic media.
start // 8 PM
l FREE ENTRY l
live audiovisual //
DRØP FEAT FAX (ARBORETUM) http://famifax.com/site/transition-feat-drop/
PETER KIRN http://pkirn.com/
visual sets //
one- act interactive opera //
by TATSURU ARAI, ARÍSTIDES GARCÍA, ANNA ANDEREGG, ANTONIYA IVANOVA
with ELISA PLUTA (dance), XENIA ROMANOVA (soprano)
feat. FLORIAN BÖCK, FELIX BONOWSKI, MAX GÖTTNER, NORMAN WASSMUTH
MARIA and NEDA PLOSKOW http://www.nedaploskow.com/home.php
DAVID ABRAVANEL https://soundcloud.com/thecrater
Live performances start promptly 21h
kindly supported by Beamaround | http://www.beamaround.de/
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And of course everyone else, let us know what interests you, what you’d like to see, and stay tuned right here.