Organised within the ECAS project ‘Networking Tomorrow’s Art for an Unknown Future’, a European multi-annual project supported by the European Union within the Culture Programme, together with co-organizers Insomnia (Tromsø), TodaysArt (The Hague) and Cimatics (Brussels), this Residency project aims at exploring the ever-growing omnipresence of technology in everyday life through new approaches in creating art and sound for the public domain.
First of all, the above organizers would first like to thank everyone who took the time to submit their proposals, which totaled an impressive of 74 submissions, and collectively addressed the call’s themes and challenges from a wide and interesting array of perspectives.
Through this call, we aim to explore art and sound in urban environments which respond to its specific localities and engage local communities in public settings. Herein we look at the cultural and environmental relevance and the wider societal impact implied by this move to increasing ubiquity. By inviting interdisciplinary practitioners to submit innovative and critical research ideas for a residency in three different cities dedicated to this theme, this call aims to reflect on ubiquitous art and sound in today’s society, to explore the ways in which the public domain can be designed and used, and to examine current trends and practices.
The final chosen proposal stood out in its approach of combining art and science, as well as for its spirit of experience and perceptions. The experimental nature of the project leaves much to the imagination, and we look forward to witnessing how it develops into its final innovative publication.
The selected proposal, entitled Interspecific Interfase, Interface for sensorial expansion, comes from the Mexican duo Leslie García and Paloma Lopez. As explained by Tim Terpstra (TodaysArt): “This project explores a deeper understanding of the meaning of ubiquity in our everyday environment while at the same time utilizing innovative and human-centered technologies on the art and science border. It deals with our perceptions and sensory experience of sound. This is an interesting direction which matches the background of the three different cities and has strong potential to connect with the general public, artists, students and academics in these cities. In addition to the nature of the project García and Lopez submitted a very interesting proposal for a series of publications as well as an open source platform dedicated to the subject and the research results.”
The digital era and its ever-present sensory stimuli challenges our perception, demanding for new tools to interpret the information we sense. Although there are many sonification and visualization projects that use environmental noise inputs, the tool and research proposed by García and Lopez refers more to a methodological and technical framework focused on an assisted method for spectral phenomena observation, otherwise intangible to human senses. This project was conceived under the paradigm in which art is a continuous process of experience as well as knowledge construction and transmission. From this point of view, the value of the art is not only placed on the visual structure of the object but, rather in the immaterial network of information it conveys as a complete system.
The project will consist of a two-week residency in The Hague (Netherlands), Tromsø (Norway) and Brussels (Belgium) in 2014 and is respectively organized in partnership with TodaysArt, Insomnia and Cimatics.
The jury consisted of:
Tim Terpstra (TodaysArt, The Hague)
Christian Hollingsæter (Insomnia Festival, Tromsø)
Sarah Lauzemis and Nicolas Wierinck (Cimatics, Brussels)
Kate Lesta (Communikey, Boulder)
Oliver Baurhenn (CTM Festival, Berlin)
Leslie García creates electronic art and digital media projects. Her work explores the fusion process between art and technology, using techniques such as the production of virtual tools, development of electronic prototypes, audio production, net art pieces design and visual generative codes. She co-founded the electronic media collective DreamAddictive (Tijuana, 2003- 2010) and forms part of the Astrovandalistas Collective (Mexico City). She has exhibited her work as part of individual shows, group shows and festivals amongst which Media Lab Prado, Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, Eyebeam, O1SJ, Museum of Latin American Arts, Piksel Festival, Centro Cultural de España, Public Art Lab Berlin, NOMAD Center for Media Research, Museum of Contemporary Art in Szczecin, Transitio_MX, LabSurLab2, Transmediale, Hiperorganicos and Mutek.MX. She received a FONCA fellowship (young creators program) in the multimedia category in 2009 and 2011, a Centro Multimedia Fellowship in 2010 and is a collaborator of the NANO (Nucelo Laboratorial Nano de la Escola de Belas Artes – URFJ) in Rio de Janeiro. She has given workshops at Protolab Media Lab at the University of Tijuana, Maker Space (Santiago de Chile), UNAM Botanical Garden, Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro , MUAC Universitary Museum of Contemporary Art (Mexico City), Media Lab Prado (Madrid), Centro Multimedia (Mexico City) and other places.
Paloma Lopez is a concert and academic conference producer. She holds a Master of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmith’s University of London with a line research on Critical Studies and Cultural Theory. She is part of the Radioglobal collective, an online radio station based in Tijuana since 2008. She is currently the research director at the online platform for contemporary culture Estándar studying new models of intentional creative communities. She was recently part of the production team of MUTEK_Lab, a symposium on creativity and innovation organized by the MUTEK Festival in association with the ICAS network in Mexico City.