Krista Kim

mediative digital art
While in quarantine, I became inspired to create my vision of a world of meditativeness; my vision of how the practice of meditation can also be integrated into our every day lives through art, architecture, design and fashion. My vision is of a future based on the individual practice of meditation, extending to every aspect of our every day lives. I am inspired by Japanese Zen art, architecture and design. It’s very existence has shaped the world culture in profound ways, and will continue to impact art and design as it lives through my creations.

Ronald van der Meijs

Odoshi Cloud Sequence
A symbiosis between nature and culture is created against the backdrop of the Japanese garden in the pond of the Amstelpark. This artwork explores new possibilities to generate sound and composition that are controlled by slow, unpredictable and unexpected elements of nature which are highly respected in Japanese culture. The diversity of natural sounds gives the work an almost meditative character, while the dependance on natural factors evoke a tension between longing and acceptance. This sound installation engages, as a natural sequencer, in a dialogue with the water, sun wind and clouds. It refers to Japanese garden culture by using the principle of the Japanese bamboo water tumbler.

Hugo Arcier

Ghost City
The installation Ghost City is built around a reinterpretation of the set of the famous game GTA V. The spectator is plunged into an environment without any population that disappears as we move closer. It is a meditative and captivating experience. The focus is put on architectural and graphic elements. This virtual universe solicits both the present (the experience of the artwork) and the memory. The disappearance, before our eyes, of this virtual universe feeds the terror that one day all our digital life – ephemeral cloud.

REVITAL COHEN & TUUR VAN BALEN

The Immortal
A number of life-support machines are connected to each other, circulating liquids and air in attempt to mimic a biological structure.
The Immortal investigates human dependence on electronics, the desire to make machines replicate organisms and our perception of anatomy as reflected by biomedical engineering.
A web of tubes and electric cords are interwoven in closed circuits through a Heart-Lung Machine, Dialysis Machine, an Infant Incubator, a Mechanical Ventilator and an Intraoperative Cell Salvage Machine. The organ replacement machines operate in orchestrated loops, keeping each other alive through circulation of electrical impulses, oxygen and artificial blood.
Salted water acts as blood replacement: throughout the artificial circulatory system minerals are added and filtered out again, the blood gets oxygenated via contact with the oxygen cycle, and an ECG device monitors the system’s heartbeat. As the fluid pumps around the room in a meditative pulse, the sound of mechanical breath and slow humming of motors resonates in the body through a comforting yet disquieting soundscape.Life support machines are extraordinary devices; computers designed to activate our bodies when anatomy fails, hidden away in hospital wards. Although they are designed as the ultimate utilitarian appliances, they are extremely meaningful and carry a complex social, cultural and ethical subtext. While life prolonging technologies are invented as emergency measures to combat or delay death, my interest lies in considering these devices as a human enhancement strategy.This work is a continuation of my investigation of the patient as a cyborg, questioning the relationship between medicine and techno- fantasies about mechanical bodies, hyper abilities and posthumanism.

Sara Ludy

cloud pond

“Ludy’s toxic cloud shapes are featured more predominantly in this room, morphing into figures that look bacterial. They are both meditative and threatening as they swell and heave with no identifiable pattern. Ludy’s works are also surrounded by digital frames adding a classical sophistication to her contemporary digital pictures.” Shauna Jean Doherty

Karlheinz Stockhausen

SONNTAG aus LICHT

Sonntag aus Licht takes as its subject our solar system and the relationships of all the planets that orbit the sun. In this opera, the earth and life on it is represented as the result of the union of light and water. These two elements are presented in the first scene, and the rest of the opera celebrates the evolution of life, of plants, animals, humans, and above all this the planets, moons, and heavenly constellations. The opera has a pronounced ritualistic and meditative character, with very little that can be described as dramatic action.

HENTSCHLÄGER AND LANGHEINRICH

Akemi Takeya
Granular Synthesis

“From a few expressions on the face of the performer Akemi Takeya to a frenzied exploration of the alter ego, any known context of meaning ends in the dissolved movements, is stalled in denaturalized redundancy, in machine pain. The semantic void is too loud to be amenable to meditative reception. The frontal images, the rhythmic structures generate contradictory emotions and great strain.”

Matteo Zamagni

Nature Abstraction

Nature Abstraction is an immersive sensory experience that explores the arcane forms of fractals, mathematical visual representation of natural and biological forms.
The project gives an insight of their aspects through virtual reality, where they appear as three planets: Birth, Communion and Aether; Each accompained with scores designed to facilitate meditative state and relaxation;The audience is guided to explore these planets and dive into their vast complexities as well as observing the contrast between the entirely digital created world inside the VR against the fully analogue created film projected onto the faces of the cube which have been filmed in real life, recreating using analogue visual effects and various chemical elements.

YE Cheng

野城
Kong Shanshui – 空山水

The base of the installation consists of layers of white stones which fill the ancient palace’s courtyard, echoing peaceful, meditative gardens. On top of the stones are piles or gatherings of petri dishes, some ten thousand in total, stacked in various forms, resembling miniature hills, mountains and rock formations.

JON MCCORMACK

flicker

Flicker is an immersive electronic environment of generative image and sound. A collaborative work with Oliver Bown. Based on biological models of firefly behaviour, Flicker generates an ever shifting rhythmic, meditative environment to the viewer. Flicker uses 4 channels of synchronised high definition video and 8 channels of sound to immerse the viewer in a phenomenologically rich environment of artificial life. The work is a large-scale agent-based simulation, with each agent providing a rhythmic pulse at regular intervals. Agents try to synchronise their pulse with other agents in their immediate neighbourhood. The collective pulsations of groups of local agents are spatially sonified with int exhibition space. Over time, large groups synchronise at different rates, leading to complex visual and aural structures, syncopating and constant shifting in to a long term complexity.

CAI GUO-QIANG

蔡国强
Цай Го-Цян
Endless

In dieser Installation namens Endless schafft der in New York lebende Künstler Cai Guo Qiang eine ruhige Atmosphäre, in der klassische Holzschiffe auf grünen, nebligen Wasserwellen schweben. Die Schiffe scheinen mitten im Meer verloren zu treiben, während eine Wellenmaschine ruhige Wellen erzeugt und eine Nebelmaschine den Raum mit einem verschwommenen Dunst füllt. Während die Schiffe langsam und endlos im Wasser schaukeln, befinden sich die Betrachter in einer ruhigen, reflektierenden Atmosphäre. Der Künstler bezieht zwei Arten von Schiffen als Aussage über die Interaktion zweier Welten ein. Zwei Houri-Boote, die normalerweise in der Golfregion zu sehen sind, sind jeweils etwa 244 Zoll lang, während ein chinesisches Fischerboot, das seit Jahrhunderten in Qanzhou eingesetzt wird, 800 Zoll lang ist. Die beruhigende Umgebung, die von Cai Guo Qiang geschaffen wurde, löst meditative Gedanken über alte Kulturen und Traditionen aus, die an einem Ort zusammenkommen, während die physische Repräsentation zweier Welten, Ost und Naher Osten, in einem endlosen Meer friedlicher Bewegung nebeneinander schwebt.

eliane radigue

transamorem transmortem
Als sie 2004 zusammen mit Lionel Marchetti meine Hilfe bei der Digitalisierung ihrer Archive annahm, entdeckte ich „Transamoren – Transmortem“. Sofort war ich beeindruckt von der majestätischen Anmut dieses sehr langen Frequenzgewirrs, dieser Reihe von scheinbar unveränderlichen Tönen, deren Variationen von feiner Subtilität sind. “Transamoren – Transmorten” ist als eine der radikalsten Kompositionen von Radigue erkennbar, vergleichbar mit dem ersten “Adnos”, dem Werk, das chronologisch auf “Transamoren – Transmortem” folgt. Sehr wenige Transformationen, eine scheinbare formale Trockenheit, die dann durch das physische Spiel der Frequenzen widerlegt wird, wenn die Hörerin ihren Kopf sanft von rechts nach links dreht, oder noch besser, wenn sich die Hörerin langsam durch den Musikraum bewegt. Beim Bewegen durch Zonen mit bestimmten Frequenzen erfährt der Körper des Hörers lokalisierte Zonen mit niedrigen, mittleren und Höhenfrequenzen, die je nach den akustischen Eigenschaften des Raums variieren. Wie Radigue über „Adnos“ schrieb: „Das Verschieben von Steinen im Flussbett beeinflusst nicht den Wasserlauf, sondern verändert die Art und Weise, wie das Wasser fließt.“ Hier finden wir dieselbe meditative Spannung, die eine friedliche Bewegung durch die Räume vorschlägt, die durch die verschiedenen Frequenzen erzeugt werden, aus denen „Transamoren – Transmortem“ besteht.

Kurt Hentschlager

ZEE

Expérience immersive forte alliant approche méditative et implication physique, Zee s’inscrit dans le travail sur la représentation humaine et ses ressorts psychologiques poursuivi par Kurt Hentschläger. Une expérience qui se suit comme un véritable fil d’Ariane.Savez-vous vraiment ce que signifie faire l’expérience physique d’une œuvre numérique immersive ? Ceux qui ont eu la chance d’expérimenter le Feed de Kurt Hentschläger, plongée radicale au cœur d’une matière instable de brouillard artificiel dense, de lumières stroboscopiques et de fréquences sonores électroniques pulsatives répondront sans doute par l’affirmative. Pour les autres, l’épreuve de rattrapage ultime aura pour nom Zee, pièce rare et prolongement de Feed, présentée au Centquatre parisien dans le cadre de l’exposition Trouble Makers, fil rouge de Némo, le festival arts numériques d’Arcadi Île-de-France. Ancienne moitié du duo de défricheurs numériques extrêmes Granular Synthesis, Kurt Hentschläger cultive le goût des environnements déstabilisants et trouve dans Zee le dispositif déambulatoire idoine pour nous prêter au jeu. « Zee fait partie de la même série de travaux que Feed, mais en format installation », explique l’artiste autrichien basé à Chicago. « Zee fonctionne en mode huis clos, dans un espace totalement fermé. Dès que l’on entre, le brouillard est déjà là. Il remplit l’espace dans lequel vous êtes invitez à vous déplacer. Par rapport à Feed, où le public reste assis à un endroit précis, il y a donc davantage de flexibilité dans l’expérimentation du dispositif. Cette idée de déambulation dans l’espace induit un climat différent. C’est peut-être encore plus intimidant pour certains mais pour moi cela donne à Zee une connotation plus méditative. »Procéder à l’expérience nécessite véritablement de se prendre en main.