STEIM Hotpot Lab is a new series of events that mixes presentations, performances and workshops. For the first edition we will have artist talks by Kyle Lapidus: one half of video performing and instrument building duo LoVid, and by Bert Bongers: interactive instrument builder and professor now residing in Sydney. We will also have a short performance of in Blik – a performative sound installation for five tin can towers, by composer and sound artist Cathy van Eck.
Wednesday, Jan 27 2009
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Door open: 20:00 hrs.
LoVid is an interdisciplinary artist duo composed of Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus. Their work includes live video installations, sculptures, digital prints, patchworks, media projects, performances, and video recordings. They combine many opposing elements in their work, contrasting hard electronics with soft patchworks, analog and digital, or handmade and machine produced objects. This multidirectional approach is also reflected in the content of their work: romantic and aggressive, wireless and wire-full. They are interested in the ways in which the human body and mind observe, process, and respond to both natural and technological environments, and in the preservation of data, signals, and memory. http://www.lovid.org
Cathy van Eck (1979 The Netherlands/Belgium) is a composer and sound artist. Her work includes compositions for instruments and live-electronics, as well as performances with sound objects, which she often designs herself. She studied composition and electronic music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She attended several courses, among them Centre Acanthes 2000 in Avignon, the summer course for composition and computer music at IRCAM in Paris and the composition course at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.
She performs her works regularly during festivals like Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam, TRANSIT in Leuven, NYCEMF in New York, SPARK Festival in Minneapolis, Klangwerkstatt in Berlin, Performance Festival Der Längste Tag in Zurich, Hapzura Digital Art in Israel, Avantgarde Schwaz in Austria and Spaziomusica in Italy.
She is currently doing a doctoral degree at the Orpheusinstitute in Ghent and University of Leiden in the DocARTES Program, her dissertation subject is Loudspeakers and Microphones as Musical Instruments. Her supervising professors are Richard Barrett and Frans de Ruiter. Since March 2007 she has a teaching position at the department for music and media arts of the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. http://cathyvaneck.net/
Bert Bongers is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney, where he has set up the Interactivation Studio – a new Lab for research and design of interactivated environments, interfaces and instruments.
The aim of his work is to create solutions for what he calls the “Human-Computer Mismatch”, to enable a better communication between the two virtual worlds or domains – the human mind and the computer programs. These worlds meet, and interact, in physical space and therefore an interface artefact should enable a rich, physical, multiple degree-of-freedom computer input (control) and multimodal output (feedback) to intensely address the human senses. Haptic interaction has been a central notion in his work. For nearly twenty years he has researched the interaction of artists and others who want to convey their ideas through using computers. By actually building interfaces, from electronic musical instruments to interactive architectural spaces, he has proven that it is possible to create very sensitive devices with relatively low cost sensors, actuators and other hardware. It enables users to reach inside of the machine to take back the control, to make the processes in virtual space malleable through physical interaction.
He has a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering, an MSc. degree in Ergonomics / Human – Computer Interaction from UCL London, and a PhD in HCI from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He worked as an instrument builder with STEIM (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam and at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, as a technical manager and professor at the Rijksakademie (the post graduate artist in residence academy) in Amsterdam, as a researcher on haptic interfaces and multimodal representation for multimedia home systems and networks at Philips Corporation, NL, as a researcher on novel interfaces for motion-impaired computer users at the University of Cambridge, England, and worked with the architectural offices of NOX and ONL on the interactivation of spaces. Bert has lectured and published about his work, including books and book chapters. As a consultant he worked on interactive technology for projects such as an opera at ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Media-House project of the Metapolis group of architects in Barcelona.