*(Disturbance of psychological or mental health, psychological unrest, distressful vexation) is a study in complexity using recursive stochastic noise generators. Sygxysis attaches the audience with intense specra to enact situations of discomfort and psychological unrest, setting this way both body and consciousness into a constant state of alert and resulting in a profound awareness shift. The audience is challenged to experience an intense but rewarding chaos and to indulge into a profound exploration of one’s own self!
I met Alo Allik during a fascinating noise-based evening in good old East-London. I hope you will enjoy his work as much as we did, check out this brief video and here’s what Alo has to say about it:
‘f(x) is an audiovisual performance which combines some of the fundamental concepts from computation theory and artificial life with electroacoustic music composition and generative computer graphics to create an immersive digital environment. The performance is essentially an exploration of complex 3-dimensional continuous cellular automata behavior, which is translated into acoustic and visual structures and patterns while consciously maintaining and emphasizing the physical and conceptual differences between the modalities. Digital technology has provided an incredible variety of opportunities for artistic exploration and has fostered new perspectives on human culture and society. The beginnings of the digital computer are inseparably connected to research into the biology of self-replication and the possibility of artificial life. The fundamental concepts based on the spectacle of biological evolution and natural selection have been integrated into every piece of digital technology with which we have surrounded ourselves. f(x) is a performance that seeks to reveal some of the latent intricate aspects of digital technology.’
Creative Technical Session, Artist’s Talks, Collaboration
Throughout the week the public will be encouraged to take part in a series of artist talks, presentations and performances. The days begin with afternoon presentations by artists who will be performing in the evening. The presentations give the composers and collaborators the opportunity to discuss the works they are performing, their creative inspiration and how they collaborate as a group or with an audience. Providing an open forum for discussion, the audience is encouraged to ask questions and give feedback to the composers.
Music in the western-European tradition is habitually presented in a hierarchal relationship between composer/ performer and performer/ audience, with the audience and performer separated by space and the pedestal position of a stage. Sensorium is attempting through its experimental curation to break this hierarchal relationship and put the audience IN the music in a variety of ways; through instrumentalists moving in the space, changing where pieces are performed in the space, and ultimately forcing audiences to change their point-of-attention or their entire physical position. This alert-passive relationship allows the audience to be more involved with pieces and the performers to be more involved with the audience.
The public is our main focus. Getting the general public more interested and trying to build audiences interest in new forms of music-based productions has been our motivation behind curating performances with interesting uses of space and diverse programming. All lectures and performances are open to the public. One of the main focuses of Sensorium is to find ways to engage with the public through creating diverse and engaging curation of musical performances and happenings that we hope will ignite interest from audiences to enjoy new and innovative music. We were successful in building audience’s interest in both Sensorium – York 2010 and Sensorium – Dublin 2011. We hope that 2012 will continue to build on the relationship between Sensorium and the public.
York and SENSORIUM
York is a hotbed of activity and festivals that showcases early music through the National Centre for Early Music, new films through Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Illuminating York which is the light and multi-media event and many others. York is a great place to experiment and try out new things. York audiences are eager and available. An example of this was the success of Sensorium-York 2010, which led us to bring a similar programme to Dublin with amazing success. Sensorium intentionally picks local creatives to showcase along side a diverse international community. Thanks to places like University of York, York St John and Creative City York, York has an amazing selection of creative people.
Presenting Sensorium in the Hub and the Rymer Auditorium will present interesting and diverse technological advances in the presentation of multi-media works. These state-of-the-art facilities will allow Sensorium to showcase these already diverse pieces in an elevated level due to the capacity of the spaces.
The Ron Cooke Hub, is an exhibition space with 3Sixty: A demonstration space with 4 wide-screen format HD projectors for all-round wall visual immersion in a square format (~8m screens) perphonic 28.4 surround sound system (laid out in three rings: 8 lower, 12 middle, 8 high and 4 sub-woofers).
The Rymer Auditorium is a premier listening for reproduced sound in the UK. The space is equipped with an in-house Genelec 5.1 surround sound system and is used for contemporary electronic music and sound art, along with performances from a variety of musical traditions. It also features a 16 channel horizontal speaker rig (often used for ambisonics), and a 24 channel mixing desk, and can accommodate an audience of 150 people. It houses a Fazioli grand piano, and a large high-quality projection screen, used for audiovisual work. The Rymer is connected to the control room of the Trevor Jones Recording Studio and can be used for recording.