Abdullah Benabdallah > Orientation #106 // Steim – my motivation

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What brought me to Steim?

During my study of Computer Science at the University of Zurich I got familiar with some principles of New Artificial Intelligence. One of them was the awarness that intelligence needs a body. I also believe in the importance of body “knowledge” and share with Steim the idea that Touch should play a major role in the performance art.

Concretely I am looking for new instruments/technics in order to incorporate the embodiment concept into my practice. My current project is called “electroflamenco” and is part of a dance performance show with flamenco dancers, washing machines and light projection. I am sure that these elements build a field for exciting electro/accoustical experiments.

First Day
Today we had the general introduction of Steim by Jonathan Reuss. He showed us several instruments developed at Steim. I noticed that not only the instrument is important but also the performance. People should understand and follow what is going on. I will consider this aspect in future.
In the afternoon we had the presentation of LiSa Software by Robert VonHeuman. LiSa has really a lot of functions and possibilities. I will download the software and go deeper into it to see how I could use it for my work.

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About Abdullah Benabdallah

HIGHER EDUCATION University of Zurich, Master in Modern History, Computer Science (focus on Artificial Intelligence) and Music Ethnology MUSIC EDUCATION Flamenco Guitar Studies in Cordoba, Spain Classic Guitar studies in Zürich, Switzerland Study of andalusian classical music in Algeria Composition of electro-flamenco music for swiss dance company “el contrabando” Current Project Bolero della Borsa: Premiere, Genova, 2008. Inspired by Reto Emchs installation “H2O”, 30 washing machines exposed in the ancient stock market of Genova, I developed together with choreographer Anet Fröhlicher (cie el Contrabando) an electro-flamenco show called “Bolero della Borsa”, using electronic music, flamenco samples and sounds of washing machines triggered live to accompany dancers. On same year “Bolero della Borsa” was also selected by “Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco“ (Spanish dance contest) and presented at Teatro Albéniz in Madrid and as guest performance at Fondazione Merz, in Torino, included in exhibition „Meteorite in giardino“. On_Line: continuation of “Bolero della Borsa”. Stage setting: 4 washing machines, video projection by light designer Stephan Haller and 4 flamenco dancers. Music: electronic composition using drums machines, synths and washing machines samples, mostly atonal, repetitive and minimalist. Premiere, Tanhhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

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