Concert: Phillip Stearns, TokTek vs MNK, Jon Reus

May 5th, 2012 8:00 pm 
STEIM Studio 3, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam STEIM Studio 3, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam


New York based artist Phillip Stearns first came to STEIM 5 years ago as part of the CalArts Exchange, and impressed us with his mad soldering skills and tireless effort to build his analog neural-network sculpture AANN. 3 years later, he returned as a member of the MLB project and blew us away with his bio-feedback strobic analog synth performance. In the meantime, he has become a prolific media artist creating a body of work ranging from installations, video, performance, and textiles. We are excited to see what he brings us this time.

Supporting the night is a duo by our favorite live-sampling beat pilot Tok Tek and glitch-VJ MNK (check out their performance here), and STEIM’s own Jon Reus premiering his new piece that dissects vintage digital hardware.

Don’t miss it!

Phillip Stearns creates at the intersection of art, philosophy, and science, drawing upon a variety of disciplines including sound installation, music performance and composition, video, circuit sculpture, photography, and conceptual art. Deconstruction, dissection, and reconfiguration are methods he commonly employs in his hands-on approach to creating works with materials ranging from electronic objects, biological systems, images, light, video, and sound. His work has been exhibited internationally at electronics arts festivals, museums, and galleries including: Harvestworks (2010 NYC); (2010 Chicago, IL); Festival De Arte Digital (2010 Belo Horizonte, Brazil); FILE (2009 Sao Paulo, Brazil); NIME (2009 Pittsburgh, PA); Filmer La Musique (2009 Paris, France); FONLAD (2009 Coimbra, Portugal); Torrance Art Museum (2008, 2007 Los Angeles, CA); Optica Film Festival (2011, 2008 Spain). He has participated in residencies at Museums Quartier (Vienna 2010), STEIM (Amsterdam 2007), Experimental Television Center (NY 2009), Harvestworks (NY 2010), is the current AIRTime Fellow at Free103Point9 for the 2010-2011 cycle, and curator for the 8th annual Bent Festival (2011).

Toktek vs MNK is live audiovisual improvisation by Tom Verbruggen (Toktek) and Karl Klomp (vj mnk). Their research deals with illogic audio / video hardware (circuit bending) in combination with max / atmel / Lisa programming and interfacing. Visual artist / musician Tom Verbruggen structures unbridled clicks and cuts of his circuit bent gadgets and melodramatic tunes into a fragile disturbance. Sampling with a joystick Tom creates unlogic contrasts that will feed the video hardware of Karl Klomp. Modified secondhand (obsolete) hardware is tuned to create and interfere video on a fragile but aggresive way. With minimal animations and live generate ‘OSD glitch’ the signal gets carefully disturbed into a hyper dynamic oasis of disorder, all preformed very live.

Jonathan Reus is a Dutch/American artist working with sound, electronics and computing technologies. Drawing on influences from noise, minimalist techno, and glitch, he conducts live improvised experiments deconstructing the relationships we share with our ecosystems of machines and information.

Date: 5 May, 2012
Time: 20:00 (doors open)
Cost: €5
Location: STEIM Studio 3, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam