Red Orange Ground is a contemporary sports film about the sense of temporal dimension during a 100 meter sprint. Johannes Geier's idea for the film developed over a period of six years until he finally decided to produce it as his graduate film for his Motion Design diploma at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. He translated his feeling of temoral expansion when he runs with immersive metaphors and unique key visuals on to film.
Red Orange Ground was supervised by Alexander Hanowski and me. Johannes Geier's final presentation and exam were in spring this year, and now, finally, all rights are clarified and the clip is online.
Via Institute For Music And Media: "Following the principle of the unity of research and teaching, the Klang und Realität master’s degree program combines aesthetic, technical and theoretical approaches. The program benefits from the unique academic situation at the Institute for Music and Media: the multiple facets of time-based art, such as composition, performance, and algorithmic art forms, have been established here for many years.
IMM students autonomously develop their own stance, and learn to integrate it with a range of artistic, technological, economic, scientific and cultural contexts. Graduates of the Klang und Realität master’s degree program are ideally prepared to shape, influence, advance and even anticipate developments in the 21st century.
Musicality is not attached to musical instruments exclusively – it includes many aspects of artistic and scholarly work. That is not least of all the reason why this degree program is generally open to graduates from all disciplines. It is therefore particularly appropriate for those who are interested in the diversity of media forms, schools of thought and topics. The institution of a Musikhochschule is ideally suited for promoting exchange among interests and abilities in different domains.
Student projects play a vital part in this exchange. In the course of their studies, students learn to re-conceptualize their proposed project on the basis of critical and differentiated feedback and to bring it to fruition at a high level through collaboration with other students. They carry out their project in one of two areas of focus – Epistemic Media or Tiransmedia Forms – both of which open up completely new perspectives in the environment of a state conservatory."
In his audiovisual composition Geoformen [Geo forms] Thomas Gärtner combines acoustic and visual characteristics of squares, circles, and triangles. Using computer animation and synthetic sounds, each form develops its own personality.
Geoformen [Geo forms] was completed in the 2016/17 winter semester as Thomas Gärtner's final project in the upper-level Visual Music module, and supervised by Marcus Schmickler, assistant professor of Composition, and me at the Institute For Music And Media.
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Etüdion February 2017
The interactive media installation Etüdion was completed in the 2016/17 winter semester as Jonas Scheler's final project in the upper-level Visual Music module, and supervised by Marcus Schmickler, assistant professor of Composition, and me at the Institute For Music And Media.
An elastic white membrane reacts to mechanical stimuli e. g. pressure, movement, speed, and fabric expansion, making the inconspicuous screen a touch-sensitive audiovisual multitouch-instrument. Motion graphics are projected from behind onto the same screen. The user can touch this canvas and thus receive a representation of their movements in the image on the screen as well as in the sound, which is heard via headphones.
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Nadelarbeit III [Needle work III] February 2017
The visual music film Nadelarbeit III [Needle work III] was completed in the 2016/17 winter semester as Magdalena Treutwein's final project in the upper-level Visual Music module, and supervised by Marcus Schmickler, assistant professor of Composition, and me at the Institute For Music And Media.
The images in Nadelarbeit III [Needle work III] were created by scratching the surface of old Super8 films with a large needle. For the sound, the scratched film was dubbed frame by frame, the noises being made with the same needle. The images are played through a projector, while the sound is digital. This additional sounds of the rattling projector are part of the audiovisual concept.
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berührt - geführt [touched - guided] February 2017
The interactive installation berührt - geführt [touched - guided] by Joseph Baader tries to give the viewer an experience of the invisible spirals of everyday life. Using a self-made touch screen, the user creates spirals by touching the monitor, which then seem to flow from nothingness to infinity. While the spirals are self-sustaining and still lingering, a new spiral emerges through each further touch, which at first appears endless, but then turns up dependent on random parameters and finally extinguishes itself. The traces form a texture that grows steadily over several hours and fills the circular screen further. Each spiral is assigned a Shepard tone, which rotates around the base parallel to the respective spiral on four monitors positioned in the circle.
berührt – geführt [touched - guided] was completed in the 2016/17 winter semester as Joseph Baader's final project in the upper-level Visual Music module, and supervised by Marcus Schmickler, assistant professor of Composition, and me at the Institute For Music And Media.
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E is for Evolution March 2016
E is for Evolution by Paul Kusmaul is an animated episodic film. In 26 short episodes, the film tells different stories about evolution. Each episode has its own look or interpretation of the term evolution. For example, the development of reptile to mammal, the evolutionary drive to reproduce, the question as to wether god or the evolution was responsible, or even the merging of man and machine. Everything wrapped up in slanted everyday stories and stereotypes.
The Nashville Nashville Film Festival 2017 rewarded E is for Evolution by Paul Kusmaul a Special Mention in the Animated Shorts Competition.
The clip Raeding against the wind is about cognitive processes in general, and specifically about the perception of a dyslexic person. It creates surreal landscapes – seeing into the head. Different forms of dyslexia and the resulting problems with words open the window to this inner realms. Dyslexia is often referred to as associative thinking. Sound and word processing of a dyslexic person is often based on images, and less direct."
Attraction is a contemporary dance film by Christiane Goppert, in which a dancer and an abstract animation describe the theme of attraction – a game of pulling and pushing, closeness and distance, connection and detachment. The ego on one side, and oneness of all on the other. The relationship between the opposites is expressed in the style of their movements, as well as by the music and lighting design. While the dancer is bound to physical laws, her dance partner - the animation - remains changeable in its form and is only influenced by the attraction that exists between the them.
The audiovisual performance for string bass solo, Brain Sensing Music, by Valentin Link visualizes the brain activity of the player during a freely improvised music performance. Using an EEG (electroencephalography) headband, the focal point of the musician is measured by four sensors on the forehead and ears. This influences the size and deflection of the points on a predetermined circular path. The visual concept is based on the important hand-drawn ensō circle from Zen-Buddhism, which expresses a moment when the artist's mind is in a free state. The blinking of the performer distributes dots on the image, and the muscle traction on the jawbones generates a stroboscope effect. An individual image of the mental state during performance is thus created with each new improvisation.
Brain Sensing Music was completed in the 2015/16 winter semester as Valentin Link's final project in the upper-level Visual Music module, and supervised by Andreas Kolinski, assistant professor of Computer-based Media Composition, and me at the Institute For Music And Media.