Artist's presentation: Ei Wada
Ei Wada is a newcomer in the audiovisual media arts. He focuses his attention on supposedly antiquated electronic devices. For "Braun Tube Jazz Band" Ei Wada converts cathode ray TVs into percussion instruments on which he performs live: Wada's hands serve as quasi antennae and the TVs, once connected with computer-controlled video recorders, serve as sound and light synthesisers. 'Braun Tube Jazz Band' was awarded the Art Division Excellence Prize
at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival and nominated for the Nam June Paik Award.
Lectures & Discussion:
Guest speakers: John Croft | Shintaro Miyazaki | Rolf Großmann
Chair: Daniel Gethmann
Technical apparatus possess instrumental and medial characteristics. The former are connected with their cultural-technological implications, practices, and activities, the latter with their respective operative logic and aesthetic idiosyncrasy. While instruments and media were initially distinguishable on account of their technical constitution and functionality, not least the development of computers with real-time capability made it increasingly difficult to differentiate between medium and instrument, because the criteria for differentiation shifted into the realm of practices, contexts and intentions. As a result of this tension, re-endowing reproductive media with the role of agent acquires particular importance. The look beneath the media surface – as a means to ensure greater transparency, clarity and tangibility – is staged increasingly, also in live contexts. How do artistic intent and control relate to emergence phenomena in current audiovisual performance practice? To what degree do disruption and defects, bugs, and accidents influence our understanding of technical mediality?
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