[November 2nd 2001]
Artificial Paradises at LAB
Thursday night we went to experience the exhibition
and performance event at LAB on
Vesterbro, in Copenhagen, Denmark - where the danish group Komponent
presented the the English artgroup Artificial
Paradises. The event was part of The
Nordic Interactive Conference , which, among others, was arranged
by the swedish group Electrohype.
The conference was held at The Bella Center in Copenhagen from the
31st of Ocktober to the 3rd of November 2001. By Kristine Ploug.
The project consists of a pile of computers (literally!) that Artificial
Paradises have found trashed on the streets in London, England,
which are of no interest to most people today. The computers are
connected to several record players, a couple of video cameras,
video projectors and three screens.
When Artificial Paradises begin their performance they press a
lot of keys and buttons and let the computers get their input from
either the video cameras or the record players.
The input is processed by the computers and transformed into sound
and imagery. Kirsten Reynolds from Artificial Paradises says that
this causes the computers "to do what computers do, when they
are not subjugated to all kinds of software," which means that
the artists cannot control the sound or imagery in their performance.
Kirsten says that "it's like a conversation with the computer".
The genre is called Physical Digital, and it was created
by Artificial Paradises themselves. Between the two performances
that are on during an evening, a pile of computers and three screens,
which predominantly show the units one and zero, are all that is
to be seen off the piece. Nerds will acknowledge the fact that what
is going on inside a computer is exactly the machine 'thinking'
solely in ones and zeros. When the artists perform, the projections
on the screens are depicted in many colours and some times images
from the exhibition space in some strange way find their way thorough
the entire computer arrangement and up onto the screens.
It's all rather nerdy and strange but also rather fun and certainly
worth looking at.
LAB actually supports the feel of nerdiness by writing their beer
prices on an old MAC. We think it cute!
Artificial Paradises are represented at the exhibition for digital
art at Bella Centret, open from the 3rd of November, from 10 - 16.
The art group Artificial Paradises was established
in 1998 and consists of Martin Howse, Kirsten Reynold, Rupert Cole
and Jonathan Kemp. Read more about them on www.1010.co.uk.
The group have previously participated in Siggraph in L.A., which
is the American answer to Ars Electronica.
Artificial Paradises: www.1010.co.uk
The Nordic Interactive Conference: http://www.nordic-interactive.org/nic2201