inSonic 2018 _ algorithmic spaces: the programme is out!

InSonic 2018_algorithimic spaces

This year’s edition of the inSonic festival is a showcase for genre-spanning artistic confrontations with new media technologies and innovative concepts, which will be explored in lectures, hands-on demonstrations, concerts and live coding performances.

Machine-learning algorithms in space- and time-based media, data sonification and visualization, algorithmic processes for spatial sound generation – in 2018, the topic of algorithms and big data will be negotiated within the framework of the festival, discussing to what extent algorithms have long since penetrated both above and below the public radar into socially relevant everyday processes as well as into the media arts.


Friday 7/12/2018
14:00-18:00 Session I: Artist Talks (Lecture Hall)
Quadrature: "Artistic Interpretation of Extraterrestrial Noise using Artificial Intelligence"
Marco Kempf: "Algorithmic nations – and why there is no space for that"
Damian T. Dziwi: "Me against the machine"
Panel discussion

20:00 Concert I (Cube)
Quadrature:: "LGM#2" (audiovisual multi channel performace with LEDs)
Anemone Actiniaria-live performance
Ya-Wen Fu "Alive" (mixed media installation and performance)
Tom Mudd "synthesis" (live performance)
Mark Pilkington: "Hidden Forest" (Algorith with live electronics)
Florian Hartlieb: "Verzweigung" (fixed media)

Saturday 8/12/2018
10:00-13:00  Session II: Algorithmic Spaces (Lecture Hall)
Tom Mudd: " Interacting with nonlinear dynamical agents"
David Pirrò: " Threading time"
Jonathan Reus: "Wordweaving"
Hanns Holger Rutz: "Condensations of Algorithmic Spaces"

14:00 Installation tour
Wilfred Amis: "Music to Walk Through #1: Euclid’s Algorithm"
Marco Kempf: "DeepWorld"

15:00-18:00 Session III: Hands-on demonstrations (Cube)
Garth Paine: "Future Perfect hands-on"
Dan Wilcox: "Zirkonium hands-on"
Afterwards: Panel discussion

20:00 Concert II (Cube)
Garth Paine: "Future Perfect“ (World Premiere), interactive performance for Ambisonics, Smartphones and Video

21:00 inSonic@night (Music Balcony)
Slow Reading Club: "SUPERDECADENCE"
Damian T. Dziwi: "The Cargo Cult"
Lintu: Live set
VJ: A-li-ce afterwards DJ-Set
Afterwards: DJ-Set

Learn more about the artists and the presented works:

The artist collective “Quadrature” (Juliane Götz & Sebastian Neitsch) operates at the cutting edge of art and science and presents a new audiovisual performance that was created during a three-year #beBeethoven fellowship at the ZKM. The external parameters of “LMG#2” are based on data from rotating neutron stars, so-called pulsars.

Garth Paine, media artist and sound researcher, was a guest artist at the IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) in Paris and at the ZKM in 2018. With “Future Perfect”, he developed an immersive 3D video performance for High Order Ambisonics and Virtual Reality for smartphones. Festival visitors can try out the newly developed performance system by Garth Paine in a hands-on demonstration.

The US-American artist and software developer Dan Wilcox will demonstrate a new version of the spatial sound control software “Zirkonium” developed at the ZKM.

In the run-up to “inSonic 2018: Algorithmic Spaces”, the ZKM in cooperation with the research project “Algorithms that Matter” (ALMAT) at the IEM Graz have called for the submission of works dealing with the spatiality of calculation processes. As a result of the Open Call, fixed-media compositions and live performances will be performed that use generative processes to create space.

At the end of the festival, new live coding and VJ performances will be presented on the music balcony of the ZKM.


Project team

Curators: Ludger, Brümmer, Yannick Hofmann
Co-Curators: David Pirrò, Hanns Holger Rutz
Organization: Dorte Becker, Sophie Hesse
Sound engineer: Benjamin Miller
Light & event technology: Hans Gass

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"Algorithms that Matter" (ALMAT, FWF AR 403-GBL)