Ars Electronica presents Images 4 Music

Philip Glass

Display the music seems to be one of the 'necessity' art of the last decade. The projection of spontaneous generated, algorithmic, abstract, poetic or simply arbitrary visual interpretations of music (performed or reproduced) is involving musicians, visual artists and computer geeks around the globe. But one of the most interesting aspects of this phenomenon consists of the background and from very different cultural backgrounds of the various components, often mixed with a collaborative spirit, in order to obtain good results, compared to a solo effort. is the case with the production of Ars Electronica. One of its intrinsic values ​​interdisclipinare is the collaboration between the artists involved. Different interpretations and differently articulated the minimal score that slowly de-syncs (originally with two tape players), are coordinated with the repetitive loops and variations of the music of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. The flow of indefinite forms and rotondamente blurry, programmed by Casey Reas, gray video kinetic mirrored (and therefore doubled) into two channels by Norbert Pfaffenbichler and Lotte Schreiber, or multiple scenes of commuters passing through, a movement balanced and orchestrated bodies and urban architecture, Dietmar Offenhuber and concrete poetry obtained by the 'Poetry Loom' and distortions of liquid kaleidoscopic Martin Wattemberg, speak the same liguaggio Abstract symbiotic duo of pianists (Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies). Together they finally break the boundaries of interpretation centered on the executioner music (focus of scholars). Now the focus is no longer on the individual person and and its virtuous capacity, but much more on the relationship it establishes with the team members. This production-weighted, benefiting from the technology of study, is considerably better than the concert performed in Linz in 2004, for the treatment of the relationship between music and video, without any technical error. In this way, the cooperation between the artists reached an excellent level, showing a lot of his potential and contributing to the construction of our hybrid language audio / visual contemporary.