LASER Talks Brussels: Tangible sound, postdigital instruments, audio spatialization technologies and extended reality

The sixth LASER Talks Brussels takes place next Saturday 23 April at 7pm at dinA (the contemporary art laboratory/center).

The discussion will be focussing on materializing digital matter into sound objects, embodied music interaction, spatialization technologies to enable and investigate synchronization between musical players using movement and sound, the physical aspects of musical human machine interaction, reinterpretation of the physical value of well established cultural techniques creating tangible user interface.

With Claire Williams, Enrique Tomás and Bavo Van Kerrebroeck.

Claire Williams, Zoryas

Claire Williams is working at the borders of science, technology, arts and textiles. She sees her self as an artist and researcher that tries to work between these fields, finding a common language, creating and amplifying specific interactions between different mediums. Her obsessions lay mostly around data, sound and ancient textiles, trying to materialize digital matter, imperceptible or inaudible informations found in our super saturated techno environment. She likes to work with unstable media, researching ways to create specific tools, usages or techniques to give us a sensitive experience of our daily environment. In her work she mainly uses textile techniques, hacked machines, DIY electronics, open source software and hardware.

Enrique Tomás

Enrique Tomás is a sound artist and post-doc researcher at TAMLAB (Tangible Music Lab) at the University of Linz who dedicates his time to finding new ways of expression and play with sound, art and technology. His work explores the intersection between sound art, computer music, locative media and human-machine interaction. 

As an individual artist, Tomás’ activity is centered around ultranoise.es and focuses on performances and installations with extreme and immersive sounds and environments.

He has exhibited and performed in spaces of Ars Electronica, Sonar, CTM, IRCAM, IEM, KUMU, SMAK, NOVARS, STEIM, Steirischer Herbst, Alte Schmiede, etc., and in galleries and institutions throughout Europe and Latin America.

Bavo Van Kerrebroeck, MusicMoves

Bavo Van Kerrebroeck is a researcher in the fields of embodied (musical) interaction, extended reality and human-computer interaction. He works with extended reality and audio spatialization technologies to enable and investigate the dynamical processes underlying coordination between musical players. For this purpose, he develops enriched and mediated musical contexts in which people and machines interact and can meaningfully express themselves. He obtained a master’s in engineering and computer music at the KUleuven and Sorbonne University, did a research internship at IRCAM and worked as an analyst for IBM and the European Space Agency. He is currently finalizing his PhD at the Institute of Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM). His work has been published in the Frontiers and Computer-Human Interaction journals and has been presented at ISMIR, ICMC and Expanded Animation at Ars Electronica. 

dinA (the contemporary art laboratory/center) 
📍Nieuwbrug 3 Rue du Pont Neuf / Brussel 1000 Bruxelles 

The event will also be live streamed here!

LASER TALKS Brussels are curated by Alexandra DEMENTIEVA in collaboration with Edith DOOVE.

Alexandra Dementieva is a multimedia artist, based in Brussels. The idea of interaction between the viewer and an artwork, mediated by technologically progressive visualization methods, lies at the core of her work. In her installations she uses various art forms on an equal basis: dance, music, cinema and performance. Akin to an explorer she raises questions related to social psychology and theories of perception suggesting solutions to them by contemporary artistic means, that is by taking a subjective stance behind a camera. Her installations focus on the role of the viewer and her/his interaction with an artwork and bring forth ways of provoking the viewer’s involvement thus allowing hidden mechanisms of human behavior to be revealed. 

SPONSORS

The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 50 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks

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