in one-liners rather than the fuller descriptions I intended, here are the speakers I found interesting. it took a long time for the symposium to get beyond the ‘what’ and start to touch the ‘why’ or ‘what could be’, but there was gold when it did.
Session 2: Medium or Instrument – Emergence and Intention
Artist’s Presentation: Ei Wada “Braun Tube Jazz Band”
Lectures & Discussion: John Croft / Shintaro Myazaki / Rolf Großmann
Chair: Daniel Gethmann
ei wada makes dead media performable, and is definitely worth checking out.
jon croft, photo’d above, addressed what we might like as live rather than what live is – introducing an ‘aesthetic liveness’ – and had a practitioner’s perspective as well as an academic which was good. the criticism would be that it seemed like his opinions as a practitioner written up as fact, but in such a short presentation thats impossible to know.
Session 3: Spectator or Participant?
Artist’s Presentation: Ali Demirel / Rob Fischer
Lectures & Discussion: Steve Dixon / Katja Kwastek / Regine Buschauer
Chair: Frauke Behrendt
ali demirel is somebody i already know, his work with bringing audience interactivity as a central component of the big-budget richie hawtin techno tours is a case study i really want to make as part of my research. while the actual interactions they have produced so far are quite simplistic, the massively important thing they have done is built and tested an infrastructure for this, and still having a ‘client’ that wants to push it, they are now in a (as i see it) unique position to deliver on the potential of audiences and performance enmeshed with technology.
12:00 › Session 4: Immersion and Self Experience
Artist’s presentation: Greg Pope
Artist’s presentation: Yutaka Makino
Lectures & discussion: Gabriele Klein / Werner Jauk / Beate Peter
Chair: Marie-Luise Angerer
beate peter is the surprise hero of the symposium for me, delivering a talk straight from clubland that went to the heart of the live experience vs. the home media version schism. more than any other talks, it foregrounded the experience, the audience.
14:30 › Session 5: Media Performance or Peformance Media?
Artist’s presentation: Naut Humon – Recombinant Media Labs
Lectures & discussion: Malcolm LeGrice / Yvonne Spielmann / Mick Grierson
Chair: Axel Volmar
malcolm legrice needs little introduction, a true pioneer with legacy and wisdom. what caught me specifically was his discussion around what the audience can want from a performer, where it can hinge on surprise as opposed to my thinking of exposing the live process, trivial example could be as a dj might build up the drop.
mick grierson is pushing in all the right directions in terms of digital media and liveness, and at the same time puts the algorithm, something that is unrelated to my take on these things, at the centre of his practice. so there’s something kinda funny for me here, but his laying out of the territory is very seriously worthwhile.