5 Streams by Ibrahim Quraishi (From the Springdance Festival 2007)
June 26, 2007, 2:52 am
Filed under: News, Performance

Ibrahim Quraishi are conceptual artist, writer, choreographer and artistic director of Compagnie Faim de Siecle (NY/Paris). His work is based on the transformation of space, an immersive narrative and a pro-active performative dialogue through digital and human interface. His pieces consciously examine the dynamics of “migration,” dispossession and cohabitation within the highly rigid socio-political spheres of our imagined communities.

Graduate of Middle East Languages and Literature from Columbia University, New York and a former student of Edward W. Said, over the past 10 years, Quraishi has been collaborating with internationally diverse artists such as Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky, Norscq, Aziz, Shahzia Sikander, Vijay Iyer, Pamela Z, Masayasu Nakanishi, Mike C. Ladd, Komar & Melamid, Valery Gergiev, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Hiam Abbass, a.o. His pieces have been presented in Paris, New York, Sarajevo, Munich, Nantes, Vienna, Antwerpen, Luxembourg, Kyoto, New Delhi, and Tokyo. Quraishi has won a number of prestigious awards including the National Endowment for the Arts Grant (2005), a Rockefeller Fellowship (2000, 2004 & 2005), the Islamic World Arts Initiative (2004) and Arts International grants for 2001 & 2003 to name a few.

The video shows the trailer of the last show directed by Ibrahim Quraishi. Performed on April 19 2007 in Utrecht (NL) during the Springdance Festival 2007.

Visit this link for more information about Ibrahim Quraishi.


Video Graffiti Project/Bandung – Indonesia
May 21, 2007, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Archive, Documentation, Performance, Projects, Video/Animation

In Sunday (20/05/07) we decided to run a video graffiti project in five random places in Bandung – Indonesia (Regent Parking Space, Cikapundung, Viaduct, Jembatan Pasupati & Paskal Hypersquare). This project is presenting a multimedia performance by RNRM (Hendra, Ekky & Kanya), Biosampler/UVG (Niang & Megadeth) & Mocko. This project is made possible by support & initiative from Bandung Center for New Media Arts/Common Room Networks Foundation, FF/WD Records, Electrokiller Corps. & Lucky Strike. Visit this link to view slideshow.

sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ! by Sven König
April 27, 2007, 6:57 am
Filed under: Archive, Documentation, Performance

sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ! is the result of an effort to develop an artistic strategy that could shed some light on evident but very confusing problems of intellectual property. Intellectual property is a misconception deeply conflicting with the basic principles of any cultural production because it is completely negating its collaborative nature.

Nevertheless IP laws are continuously expanded as if romantic notions of geniality and originality would not have been put ad acta quite a while ago. At the very latest in todays society which is, to an ever increasing degree, shaped by digital networks und computers it is getting obvious what IP actually is: an instrument of power and censorship to secure economic interests.

Fascinated by the effects caused by a small program called Napster (and its successors) I wondered to what extent certain software could unfold discursive power in such a situation if that software would open up new technical possibilities for something which is already the (subconscious) desire of many.

Because of my interests in artistic strategies and social practises of appropriation – collage, montage, sampling and remix in general and plunderphonics, bastardpop and mashups in particular – the idea of a hypothetical mind music machine has evolved which, as a metaphor, helped the concept and the design of sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ! to take shape.

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Taste of Harmony by Homogenic
April 4, 2007, 11:47 am
Filed under: Performance, Video/Animation

Probably this is the best music video of Homogenic, an electronic music trio from Bandung – Indonesia. This video presenting Taste of Harmony, a delicate electronic music composition from Homogenic. The song was released under their first album Epic Symphony (FFWD Records, 2004). Cerahati, a local production house that is well known for their cutting edge & experimental video piece was producing this video in the same year. This video resemblance some influence from Biosampler, a multimedia performance collective that are often works with liquid images that was made by using a low-tech/analog device in Bandung. By their talented skills and experience, Cerahati made beautifull monocromatic liquid images that were projected trough an overhead projector, which perfectly blends with Homogenic musical expression. This is exactly the video that will enhance your music & visual experience.

Biosampler at Nu-Substance Festival 2007
March 8, 2007, 9:36 am
Filed under: Documentation, EVENTS, News, Performance, Video/Animation

Biosampler performance at Nu-Substance Festival 2007, Auditorium CCF – Bandung, Indonesia. Featuring chainsmokingbastard, Dante von Kelly, Party Maker Inc. & Iweng. Sound composition & visual by Biosampler/ United Visual Guerrilla (UVG)

More material on Nu-Substance Festival 2007 will be release soon 🙂

Theremin Try Out
February 13, 2007, 2:13 pm
Filed under: Performance, SoundLab, Video/Animation

This afternoon we try to do some experimentation with theremin at Common Room Secret Studio. It was Evan (Storn), a friend of Elang E.B.Y., from the Alphawaves/Polyester Embassy who made this modified theremin. We try to mix it with different sound effect. Hendi plays the theremin while Gustaff plays synth in the background.

February 12, 2007, 5:51 am
Filed under: Performance

The year 2000 was the early stage of collaborative meeting from a group of people with similar concern and interests. An intense gathering in a house that located in a dense suburban area in Bandung has resulted a so-called ‘collective attitude’, which is regarded as an act of self indulgement through a creative process. Each member of this collective often use computer technology, creating piles of works in some digitalized format of sounds, music, images, animations, films, etc. From personal activities, it then has expanded into a collective act to form artistic composition through the creating sensation of sounds, light, and space; which is done spontaneously and sometimes with diverse goal and objective. Some surprising results often happen from their freedom to act and create, as well as dialogues and intervention. What they did has been growing from a daily attitude into an art performance.

For us, VJing is more than projecting real time combined images on a screen. I’d like to look at it as an activity of creating an evolving visual experience/universe. First, the gap between spectator/performer, stage/seat, premeditated/spontaneous, mine/yours etc; should be obliterated. To rebuild something we have to destroy/deconstruct the initial form and limitations. Second, interaction and respond is imminent. By doing so, we have created a moebius loop where an idea shall move back and forth, left to right, passed from person to person, and it would evolve and change while being so. And that is Real Time Interaction. It’s like a complex game of “pong”.” (from VJ Theory web link)