Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Michel Waisvisz (8 July 1949, Leiden – 18 June 2008, Amsterdam) was a Dutch composer, performer and inventor of experimental electronic musical instruments. He has been the artistic director of STEIM in Amsterdam since 1981, where he collaborated with musicians and artists from all over the world.
His involvement with STEIM goes back until 1969, when it had been co-founded by his mentor and friend Dick Raaymakers. He has been a member of Amsterdam's Electric Music Theatre scene of the 1970s,[1] performing intensively and raising critical voices against the upcoming high-tech culture.[2] He co-founded and organised the first sound festival in Holland:The Claxon Sound Festival.
Waisvisz had a passionate dedication to a physical, bodily approach to electronic music which he has expressed in the use and presentation of his many developments of hardware and software instruments. From his point of view electronic music is created in direct musical interaction with individual technology, allowing for instant travels into sound through improvisation. This multidimensionality in electronic musical practice has been summed up in the expression of Touch in an essay together with Joel Ryan and Sally Jane Norman in 1998.

Hardware Instruments:
TapePuller (1970): an instrument to play seated, pulling a tape with both feet over the tapehead, thus using the recording medium in a performative manner.
CrackleBox (1974): a portable instrument with batteries and a built-in speaker. The oscillator is played by the direct touch of the fingers on the exposed contacts of the circuit. The player's skin becomes part of the circuit.
CrackleSynth (1974): Michel Waisvisz' individual synthesizer. After bending a VCS3 Synth (the "Putney") in the early 70s to play it with a touchable "crackle" surface, this three voiced instrument became Michel Waisvisz' synthesizer development. It has 12 keys with tuning knobs combined with three crackle-patches.
The Hands (1984): One year after the MIDI standard had been introduced, Waisvisz built the first experimental interface making use of sensor data converted into MIDI. The two wooden frames attached to both hands let him play music with hand and arm movements, tilting gestures, and fingered playing. Converting analog sensor data into digital musical data has become a major issue at STEIM in the 1990s, introducing the mini computer The SensorLab.

Software instruments

He has also worked on the creation of software instruments, developed with STEIM's programmer Frank Baldé:
  • LiSa (Live-Sampling Instrument, since 1995)
Software for the Mac, processing live audio input, or data from the memory in a most versatile way.
  • JunXion (Sensor-to-Midi Matrix, since 2002):
Converting sensor data into musical data today can be done by every laptop computer.
The Energetica Project (since 2005) "Energetica" is Waisvisz' vision of electricity provided for electronic instruments by the effort of the player him/ herself, theoretically developed in the last years of his life. As he has always fought pre-configurations and built-in directions in technology, the subjection to the communal power supplies.
Michel Waisvisz' collaborations include performances with Maarten Altena, Laurie Anderson, Tarek Atoui, Frank Baldé, Lodewijk de Boer, Willem Breuker, Peter Brötzmann, Najib Cheradi, John Cameron (Claw Boys Claw), Truus de Groot, Gunter Hampel, Paul Hubweber, Shelley Hirsch, Mazen Kerbaj, Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg, Patrizia van Roessel, Joel Ryan, Christine Sehnoaui, Fausto Senese, Shusaku, Laetitia Sonami, DJ sniff, DJ Spooky, Richard Teitelbaum, Moniek Toebosch, Jan St. Werner, Frans Zwartjes.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jan (& Eva) Švankmajer (sub ita doc)

Nel 2001 la Tv Ceca trasmise "Storia della Pittura e della Scultura", un'ambiziosa serie in 13 parti sull'arte visiva della Repubblica Ceca. Questo è un estratto dell'undicesima parte, "L' Arte della Fantasia", che contiene un'intervista a Jan Švankmajer e un breve escursus sulla pittura di Eva Švankmajerova, pittrice surrealista, ceramista e scrittrice di fama internazionale, e moglie di Jan fino 2005, anno della sua morte. La Švankmajerova prese parte a molti film del marito, tra i quali Faust, Otésanek e Alice.

(Giuseppe Arcimboldo: Giuseppe Arcimboldo o Arcimboldi, come è nominato in diversi documenti d'archivio (Milano, 1527 Milano, 11 luglio 1593) è stato un pittore italiano, noto soprattutto per le sue grottesche "Teste Composte", ritratti burleschi eseguiti combinando tra loro, in una sorta di Trompe-l'œil, oggetti o cose dello stesso genere (prodotti ortofrutticoli, pesci, uccelli, libri, ecc) collegati metaforicamente al soggetto rappresentato, in modo da desublimare il ritratto stesso.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Thomas Houseago

Thomas Houseago (b. 1972 in LeedsGreat Britain) is a contemporary visual artist. He currently lives and works in Los AngelesCalifornia.
He is a figurative sculptor who uses lo-fi materials such as plaster[1] and plywood.[2] His work references genres such as Cubism and Futurism and plays on the history and tradition of statues.[3]
Thomas Houseago studied at Central Saint Martins in London and the Ateliers in Amsterdam. After completing his studies, he lived and worked for several years in Brussels before moving to Los Angeles. During the past year, the work of Thomas Houseago has been shown in GlasgowLos AngelesLondonParisMilanBerlinArnhem (Sonsbeek 2008) and Brussels.
Thomas Houseago is represented by Hauser & Wirth.
  • Hauser & Wirth, London, England
  • The Beat of the Show, Inverleith House / Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • What Went Down, Centre International d'art et du Paysage de l'Ile de Vassivière, Vassivière, France
  • What Went Down, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • What Went Down, Modern Art Oxford and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England
  • Thomas Houseago: The Moon and the Stars and the Sun, Michael Werner Gallery, New York
  • Giant Geiant, 2010Art 41 Basel, on Messeplatz, sited directly in front of the buildings hosting the Art 41 Basel
  • Two Face, with Aaron Curry, Ballroom Marfa, Texas
  • There is a Crack in Everything, That's How the Light gets in, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
  • TWOFACETWO: Aaron Curry & Thomas Houseago, VW (VeneKlasen / Werner), Berlin
  • Ode, ZERO, Milan, Italy
  • Serpent, David Kordansky, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • When Earth fucks with Space, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgien
  • Bastards, Herald Street, London, England
  • A Million Miles Away, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Großbritannien
  • Art Brussels*, Solo-Präsentation, mit Xavier Hufkens, Brüssel, Belgien
  • Something to Be, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Tattoo Mum's, with Matthew Monahan, guest curator Luc Tuymans, Si en La, Antwerpen, Belgien
  • Selected Group Exhibitions
“2010: The Whitney Biennial”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Thomas Houseago, Dieter Roth, André Thompkins, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster, Glasgow
Construct and Dissolve, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich
Beaufort03. Art by the Sea, Blankenberge, Belgium
The Craft of Collecting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
California Maximalism, Nyehaus, New York
Beg Borrow and Steal, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Black Swan, Michael Werner gallery, Projectspace, London, Great Britain
Academia : Qui es-tu ?, la Chapelle de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner, Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany
KABUL 3000. Love among the Cabbagesi, Galleria Zero, Milan, Italy
Sonsbeek 2008: Grandeur, Arnhem, the Netherlands
Strange things permit themselves the luxury of occurring, Camden Arts Center, London, UK
Sculptors’ Drawings: Ideas, Studies, Sketches, Proposals, And More, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Personal Belongings – Contemporary Sculpture from Los Angeles, Sabine Knust Galerie Maximilian Verlag, Munich, Germany
Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, USA
Making and Finding, The Foundation To-Life, Mount Kisco, NY, USA
Transformers, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA
The Glass Bead Game, Vilma Gold Project Space, Berlin, Germany
Both Ends Burning, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Six Outdoor Projects, L.I.U., Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA
Passie in Beeld, Ruimtelijk werk uit de collectie van de Nederlandsche Bank, Maliebeeld, The Hague, the Netherlands
Group show/artists of the gallery, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Stedelijk Museum in De Nieuwe Kerk, Beelden/Sculpture 1947-2002, curated by Rudi Fuchs, Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Rondom Jheronimous BoschMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Glad IJsStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Werk boven de bank, Archipel, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
Morning Glory, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Summer ShowXavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Acquisitions 1997, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
New AcquisitionsStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Friday, February 24, 2012


Jean-Marc Vivenza, né en 1957 à Vinay (Isère), est un philosophe, écrivain, et musicologue français dont les travaux se sont orientés vers l'ésotérisme. S'étant consacré tout d’abord à la musicologie, il fut également compositeur, chercheur en électroacoustique et théoricien du « bruitisme futuriste ».


Son travail sur le bruit se concrétise sous plusieurs formes, notamment... sonore. L’originalité de Vivenza est d’utiliser du matériel sonore industriel au sens propre du mot (machines, ouvriers au travail, usines) et enregistre dans des usines des sonorités industrielles réelles. Vivenza explique que le processus de transformation et d'organisation du tellurisme industriel nous plonge au plus profond de la matière domestiquée d'où surgit l'immense écho du langage de la terre, qui accouche du bruit qui est son langage, du bruit qui est son cri, son sens et sa forme. Ce concept de « matérialité objective du bruit » renvoie à l'esprit révolutionnaire du bruit et à l'emploi dynamique du bruit comme masse, comme essence physique où la matière affirme son existence. Le bruit est utilisé comme essence concrète, et Vivenza ordonne avec rigidité la fureur dynamique des bruits mécaniques, telle une cheville ouvrière du bruit organisé.



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dogtown & Z-Boys [DOC]

Documentary about californian guys started using skateboard after surfing in the morning and revolutionize skating through their skills on the sea, passing from riding a wave to riding a swimming pool wall. They push skateboarding to the modern use of it.


Harry Bertoia

(born March 10, 1915, San Lorenzo, Italy — died Nov. 6, 1978, Barto, Pa., U.S.) Italian-born U.S. sculptor and designer. He attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later taught there (1937 – 43). He worked in California with designer Charles Eames before joining Knoll Associates in New York City in 1950. His achievements there included the Diamond Chair (commonly known as the Bertoia chair), made of polished steel wire and covered with elastic Naugahyde upholstery. He also produced "sound sculptures" that were activated by the wind and numerous works for corporations and public spaces.






Saturday, February 18, 2012


Boris Dragos & Thomas Thorn
Early, short-lived, and influential US power electronics/industrial group that began in 1987. The band ceased upon the death of Boris Dragos (by suicide) in 1988.

The band released two cassettes, made a few live appearances, participated on an Intrinsic Action recording, and recorded three compilation tracks (one of which was, to the band's knowledge, never released -- nor was a backup made of the track).

An official Slave State publication, "Im Bau," was released though the band's own label Arbeit Group in 1987. It contained lyrics, graphics, and supplemental text to songs on the "Age Of Man" cassette, as well as information and ideas concerning other Slave State projects.

A C-90 collaboration with Sigillum S (entitled "Sex Structures") was intended to be released in Sept. 1988 on Arbeit Group. Due to Boris Dragos' death, however, this was never released.

Hardcore band from Buffalo
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Gianluca e Massimo De Serio

Gianluca (15 dicembre 1978) e Massimiliano De Serio (15 dicembre 1978) sono due artisti e registi di documentari e cortometraggi italiani.
Gemelli, lavorano insieme dal 1999. Negli anni hanno prodotto vari film cortometraggi e documentari che hanno partecipato ai più importanti festival di cinema nazionali ed internazionali, aggiudicandosi numerosi premi.
Tra i film realizzati dai fratelli De Serio vi sono: L'Esame di Xhodi (doc, 62', 2007), Zakaria (cm, 35 mm, 2005), Mio fratello Yang (cm, 35 mm, 2004), Maria Jesus (cm, 35 mm, 2003), Il giorno del santo (cm, 35 mm, 2002).
Tra i riconoscimenti si ricordano: la pre-selezione agli Oscar per il Miglior Cortometraggio (2005, Los Angeles), la candidatura agli European Academy Awards (2006), il Nastro d'Argento per il Miglior Cortometraggio (2004), il Nastro d'Argento per la Miglior Sceneggiatura di cortometraggio (2005), il Nastro d'Argento per la Miglior Produzione di cortometraggio (2006), due candidature al David di Donatello per il cortometraggio (2005 e 2006), la candidatura al Globo d'Oro (2005 e 2006). Hanno vinto molti premi in festival di cinema internazionali, tra cui il Edinburgh International Film Festival (2006), Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio di Oberhausen (2006), Internationales Trickfilm-Festival di Stoccarda (2005), Vendome Huesca (2005), Vendome (2005 e 2006), Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio di Siena, miglior film italiano in pellicola per tre anni consecutivi al Torino Film Festival.
Tra i festival in cui i corti dei fratelli De Serio hanno partecipato vi sono:
Sao Paolo, Rotterdam, NICE, Tirana; Annecy cinema italien; Tampere, Finlandia; Tanger; London, Glasgow; Grimstad, Norvegia; Grezland filmtage, Borderlands, Selb, Germania; Sofia, Bulgaria; Roma; Amburgo, Belo Horizonte, Seoul, Santa Barbara, New York.
Il documentario L'Esame di Xhodi ha vinto il Premio speciale della giuria al Festival di Torino, 2007. Ha partecipato, tra gli altri, al festival Visions du réel (Nyon, Svizzera), al Montevideo Film Festival, Uruguay e al Festival del Cinema di Roma.
Numerose retrospettive sono state dedicate ai loro film, tra cui: Arcipelago Film Festival, Roma (2009); Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertullia, Cali, Colombia (2008); Contemporary Art Center di Tel Aviv, Israele (2008); Vendome Film Festival, Francia (2007); Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, in collaborazione con Galerie Nationale Jeu de Paume, Parigi (2006); Galerie Nationale Maison Rouge, Parigi (2006).
Dal 2005 hanno anche partecipato a diverse mostre personali e collettive, con film e videoinstallazioni.
Tra le mostre: Manifesta7, Trento, 2008; T1-Triennale di Torino (2005), Biennale dei Giovani Artisti, Napoli, 2006.
Nel 2011 sono stati presidenti della giuria del concorso per giovani filmmaker Alpignano Let's Movie, ad Alpignano, nell'hinterland torinese.
Selezione mostre 


  • Tactical Support, New York, Tracy Williams LTD.
  • Report Video in onda dall'Italia, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone.
  • Love, personale presso Guido Costa Projects, Torino.


  • The Psychology of the Pawn, Participant Inc. New York.
  • Videozone 4, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.
  • Manifesta7, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trentino – Sud Tirolo, Italia, 19 luglio – 2 novembre.


  • Rencontres international Paris-Berlin, Parigi, Berlino e Madrid, sedi varie.
  • Neverending Cinema, ArteFiera, Bologna, Italy.


  • Report numero 1, Video in onda dall'Italia, Galleria Comunale di Monfalcone, Italia. Curata da Andrea Bruciati.
  • Neverending Cinema, Galleria Civica di Trento, Italy.
  • Xavier Gautier et Sung-A Yoon, Haptic dans le vestibule de la Maison Rouge, Maison Rouge, Paris, France.
  • Confini, MAN, Nuoro, Italia.


  • T1. La Sindrome di Pantagruel, Fondazione Merz, Torino, Italy.
  • XII Biennale dei giovani artisti dell'Europa e del Mediterraneo, Castel Sant'Elmo, Napoli, Italia.
  • MakingMovies, Galleria Franco Soffiantino, Torino, Italia.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Chris Cunningham

Chris Cunningham is a British music video film director and video artist. He was born in Reading, Berkshire in 1970 and grew up in Lakenheath, Suffolk. Cunningham has had close ties to Warp Records since his first production for Autechre.

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Boney M. - Ma Baker 7" (1977)

Ma Baker 7" (b/w A Woman Can Change A Man) is one of the most successful european-disco hit of 1977 by Boney M. A side is a gangsta nightmerish-disco song also contained in the band's second album Love For Sale (1977), B side is less hardcore and more disco stereotype. Boney M. is a german singing-vocal group created by producer Frank Farian. The original line-up of the group were Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell (1949-2010).

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Kitaro - "Silk Road" series albums

Silk Road Journey is a Japanese documentary series for television. Its soundtrack is compose by several albums of japanese new age composer and multi-instrumentalist Kitaro (喜多郎).ō

Silk Road I (1976)

Silk Road II (1977)

Silk Road Suite (1980)

Tunhuang (aka Silk Road III, 1981)

India (aka Tenjiku or Silk Road IV, 1983)

Silver Cloud (1983)

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