Artist's presentation: Ali Demirel / Minus
The Minus label founded by musician and DJ Richie Hawtin has long since been seeking novel ways to extend the usual parameters of concert situations and dissolve the classic divide between performer and spectator and network-compatibile mobile devices have thereby played a crucial role. The "Contakt" project, for example, used a complex, mobile phone-based interface to facilitate realtime communication between artists and concert-goers. The label's latest invention is "Synk", a smartphone app that allowed the audience at Hawtin's Plastikman gigs to intervene at certain moments in the course of the show, to enjoy an insider's viewpoint and to watch the live, on-stage programming of musical instruments on hand-held displays.
Lectures & Discussion
Guest Speakers: Steve Dixon / Katja Kwastek / Regine Buschauer
Chair: Frauke Behrendt
The focus of this panel is public participation in live situations and the cultural-technological ramifications of interactive technological applications. Since the advent of digital real-time technologies in artistic practice, interactive art appears to be the media discipline best (if not singularly) placed to explore forms of public participation and the relationship between human activity and medial operability. Moreover, given the rapid spread of smart phones and the accelerated development of so-called apps, the experience of art with its specific potential for various forms of interaction is breaking into cyberspace as well into everyday media and consumerist culture. What consequences do the changing role of the public, the increasing mobility of recipients, and our permanent connection to the web have for our understanding of art, perception and the socio-cultural dimensions of everyday life? The concept of "augmented experience", which references the increasing mediatisation of situationist liveness, can also be discussed in this context.
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