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Charlotte Bouckaert & Steve Salembier

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© Charlotte Bouckaert & Steve Salembier

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Friday 7 November 20:30 première
Saturday 8 November 20:30

How does our memory influence the imaging of reality? Charlotte Bouckaert and Steve Salembier fathom it out for you in the Bildraum installation performance.

In an interplay of scale models, sound and live photography a living cartoon comes into being that positions imagination, the past and surroundings in an ever-changing dimension.

Bildraum is an architectural stroll through empty ‘intermediate spaces’ where only objects suggest a bygone activity. Bildraum is not so much an assemblage of memories but a choreography of their tracks and carriers that localizes our memory between image, space and audience. Like thumbing through a photo album of memories which have not yet taken place.

Charlotte Bouckaert, a visual artist by training, took her first steps on stage at the Beursschouwburg. In her theatrical work she examines the cornerstones of photography. For her latest creation she collaborates with architect Steve Salembier.

Language no problem
BE, 2014, 55min.

From and with: Charlotte Bouckaert & Steve Salembier
Sound: Duncan Speakman
Dramaturgy: Marnix Rummens
Production: Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats
With the support of: Beursschouwburg and WPZimmer

http://www.charlottebouckaert.com

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I am not one to normally care or even look at who has been nominated or won certain prizes.  To be honest I am not sure how I ended up looking at the shortlist for this years New Sensations.  However I am glad I did as there are some works that really interested me.  Here is the link to the 25 artists who have been shortlisted.  I have posted a few photos of those that I liked their process or output.

Click here: New Sensations 25

Sarah Roberts

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Roderick Laperdrix

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Felicity Hammond

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Collette Egan

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Here is a post by The Creators Project which outlines some of the techniques that I am employed to make my recent digital works.

Here’s What Happens When You Edit Photos Like Music

What’s known is that all digital files are made up of raw data: open any image, sound, application, or otherwise in a program like TextEdit, and you’ll see the Unicode alphabet representation of your chosen file. What’s unknown are the results of opening, say, a .txt file in a video program, a sound file in a word document, or playing an image file in a sound editor… More often than not, importing files into applications they’re foreign to will produce an error message and possibly crash your open application. Sometimes, however, using applications to manipulate non-native files results in beautiful art.

Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu, of the Washington Post, put these ideas to the test by editing images in Audacity as if they were sound files. It’s called databending— the process, according to Ahuja and Lu, “of manipulating data in an editor traditionally used to edit media of another format,”— and the simple results are as colorful and sublime as they are inspiring.

Seen with an echo effect, the Eiffel Tower lives up to Paris’ name as “The City of Lights.” With fades and a reverse effect, the bleak southwest Iceland seaside becomes awash with cotton-candy waves. With a little reverb, the Brooklyn Bridge gets a throwback to the color stylings of Do The Right Thing. Below, Ahuja and Lu’s results are as mind-bending as they are data:

Ready to try databending your own image files? Check out Jamie Boulton’s tutorial on using effects in Audacity, andAntonio Roberts’ beginners tutorial on importing image files into the free sound editing software. Share your artworks with us in the comments section below! h/t FlowingData

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Well its been a while, since leaving Greece and spending a few days back in the UK with family.  I am now around the otherside of the globe in Hakuba, Japan.  I have been a here a week and just about settled into my new home.  The last two days saw a big storm hit this range of mountains leaving us with over three feet of snow which has made this incredible place shine.  Today I finally got to see the mountains in the valley which is great as you finally get some bearings as to where everything is.

I am here till March and will then take some days to explore a few places in Japan and hopefully experience some of the Japanese experimental music scene.  For now its time to complete a few more works from my time in Athens and to earn a living teaching all and sundry to snowboard here in Hakuba.  This will hopefully allow me to participate in upcoming exhibitions and residencies in 2014.

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So Catriona Gallagher and myself wrapped up our time here on the SNEHTA residency with a small exhibition titled Unsettled Certainties.  Over the two days we had some interesting conversations with people we had met and others we had not from our time here in Athens.  It was a great way to finish our two months and hopefully will see either of us or both returning sooner rather than later.  I will post some images over the coming week.  For now here is a little GIF teaser from a sign piece I made which is the start of a new series of work titled “Concept Of Since”.

So this week spent on Sound Tectonics is coming to an end. A week I will not forget, spent with one great team of artists, architects, sound artists, composers, theorists and just generally inspiring people. The week has been focused on discussing the relationship with sound as a material and its relationship and use within the architecture of Athens and beyond.

So today, Sunday 24th November, will see the unveiling of a prototype which encompasses some of the thoughts, skills and discoveries made these past 8 days. If you would like to come and see and meet some of those involved we will be having an opening at 6pm at the British Hellenic College here in Athens.

Please see the photo for more details of the location.

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I am well over half way through my residency here in Athens.  The experience has given me time to reflect and focus not just on the proposed new works I hope to start working on but give me new perspectives on continuing themes within my practice.  The city has given me plenty more new ideas for future works and added to existing ideas, bolstering concerns ongoing.

As I posted recently I attended Urban Lightscapes Symposium which definitely gave me a wake up on certain areas of my practice and again reminded me to consider a wider practice.  This past weekend I started some workshops for the upcoming Sound Tectonics that is happening this coming week.  These workshops introduced both Processing and Arduino which I have used before but allowed me to understand further the benefits of such tools.  The workshops were long but really good and I feel a little more capable with these tools now, even considering future projects using Processing that prior to these I would of tried other methods first.  So I am getting excited for the whole week coming up which should give me new thoughts and ideas as to where I am going with sound within my practice.

The Glitch works I have been working on have started to come together.  I have had to really think before starting these new works of how to order my process.  Considering a language that will allow me to find each sample and know where I found it and where I could use it.  This has meant I have had to label each sample either using a systematic approach of 1-28/A-S or more descriptive BW Slow Fade Whisper Crackles, Silent Double Beeps.  I have attached a test run of a track that I am in the process of putting together based of the image above.  The abandoned airport here in Athens, Ellinikon.  The track uses 12 samples currently of this image mainly Black and White though some colour samples as well.  I have not yet used any effects on these samples so the track is pure Glitch image with only the volume adjusted.  Have a listen and let me know what you think, I will post the track in its next form once I use a bit of artistic license and use effects to manipulate the sounds a little and add some midi samples.