- 27 March:
BALTAN SESSIONS #2 – Performance
|19/03/2013 19:00 to 23:00|
David Rothenberg performs Music From Nature.
“A sense of virtuosity traveling all over the world.” John Cage
Location: Ketelhuis, Ketelhuisplein 1, Eindhoven.
When: Tuesday 19 March. 19.00 – showtime 20.30
Entrance: 14,- Euros including tapas.
He is a rarity who is both a high praised musician/composer and a famous eco-philosopher. He plays music like he writes, playful and curious. He wonders why nature is beautiful? If you can play a duet with a bird? Or how come the music of a whale has the same patterns as that of a nightingale?
David Rothenberg has long been interested in the musicality of sounds made by inhabitants of the animal world. He has jammed live with lyrebirds, broadcast his clarinet underwater for humpback whales, and covered himself in thirteen-year cicadas to wail away inside a wash of white noise. In this concert he presents a musical trajectory through several of his favorite species, revealing their distinct and evolved aesthetic senses in an attempt to show that music can reach across species lines, from human to animal, and back.
Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years. He is the author of Why Birds Sing, on making music with birds, that was turned into a feature length BBC TV documentary. Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
As part of the evening, Restaurant Ketelhuis presents pinchos and tapas including locally made biological cheeses, homemade sausages, self produced olive-oil and freshly baked bread from the bakery downstairs. For reservations email: firstname.lastname@example.org of via +31 6 87 24 73 48 with subject “Music from Nature”.
INFORMAL ACADEMY AT THE BIBLIOTHEEK EINDHOVEN
|31/01/2013 17:00 to 19:00|
Thursday, 31 January 2013
17:00 – 19:00
Emmasingel 22 Eindhoven
Informal Academy evenings are focused on students sharing innovative ideas at the intersection of art, science, design and technology. The next Informal Academy will take place at the Bibliotheek Eindhoven, where Design Academy master student Ben Landau has been helping the library re-define itself for the future. We would love to hear your ideas about the ‘Library of the Future’ and about your own interests and projects.
“As part of my thesis topic, Design in Crisis, I assisted the Eindhoven Public Library to develop strategies of change in response to their severe budget cuts. The focus was on what would be lost with the proposed reductions, the library as a platform, and the library as a social space. I see potential in assembling the library members, re-contextualising the library’s services within the city, connecting people and developing web 2.0 strategies to remain in a state of flux. With these changes, I see the library becoming a vibrant, exciting and popular indoor public space.”
About Informal Academy
Each meeting takes place at a different location in Eindhoven. Students and artists expand their network in an informal setting while gaining extra knowledge and feedback from like-minded participants from other schools: TU/e Industrial Design, Fontys Hogeschool ICT & Media Design, and Design Academy Eindhoven. The content of the Informal Academy evenings will consequently be co-designed by the participants, depending on specialization and fields of interest. Please join us on our Facebook page: Informal Academy Facebook page
BALTAN SESSIONS: THE TOOLS SERIES #1
|25/01/2013 to 26/01/2013|
An Introduction to Processing and Generative Art.
Workshop led by Marius Watz.
Friday 25 & Saturday 26 January 2013
11:00 – 17:00
TAC Vonderweg 1, Eindhoven .
workshop fee: 15 euro for two days, includes lunch/coffee/tea. (students 12,50)
In this two day workshop participants will be introduced to the principles of Generative Art using the open source Processing programming tool. The focus of the workshop is the use of parametric processes to generate visuals for print and animation. Watz will introduce the basics of Processing, followed by how to design a generative system from the ground up. Participants will learn how systems can be tweaked and remixed to generate a range of visual outputs. Topics will include basic composition and animation, how to generate good pseudo-random colors and how to apply GUI control to a generative form. The examples provided will also demonstrate how to generate professional output for print and video.
Suitable for: Beginners to intermediate. Some Processing experience is recommended, but the workshop will include a quick introduction to the language. Beginners or those experienced with other languages than Processing should be able to pick it up from the code examples. Attendees should come equipped with their own laptop.
Places are limited. Send an email before 20 January to carmin[at]baltanlaboratories[.]org with your name, full address and your background to ensure your placement! The workshop takes place in TAC Temporary Art Centre, Vonderweg 1, 5611 BK Eindhoven.
Computational Aeshtetics - Processuality as material.
A lecture by Marius Watz
Friday 25 January 2013
TAC, Vonderweg 1, 5611 BK Eindhoven.
Start: 17.30 hrs.
During the lecture Watz will explain the state of computational aesthetics, from early pioneers to the recent boom in creatives working with code. From infoporn to data sculpture and generative landscape painting, what new ideas are coming out of this new movement? And how do you deal with algorithmic clichés anyway?
Marius Watz is an artist working with visual abstraction through generative systems. He is known for his bold use of colors and hard-edged geometric compositions. Watz is a lecturer at the Oslo School of Architecture and at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Department of design. He has given many workshops and lectures on topics like as computational aesthetics, live cinema and digital fabrication.
About Marius Watz
Marius Watz (NO) is an autodidact, he dropped out of Computer Science studies to pursue visual work based on parametric processes. Watz has exhibited internationally at venues including Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Todaysart (The Hague), ITAU Cultural (Sao Paulo), Museumsquartier (Vienna), and ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur (Oslo). In 2010 he was commissioned to create “Prime”, a permanent public artwork for the Bybanen light rail system in Bergen.
In 2005 Marius Watz founded Generator.x, a curatorial platform that has resulted in a series of events related to generative art and design. Generator.x 1.0 was a conference at Atelier Nord in Oslo, accompanied by a travelling exhibition organized by the Norwegian National Museum that lasted until the end of 2007. A Generator.x concert tour of audiovisual performances was initiated in March 2006 and continues to this day. He is currently based in New York and Oslo.
HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM BALTAN LABS
Jonas Lund: The Paintshow
One thousand of the highest ranked paintings from The Paintshop.biz collection will be presented at the Van Abbemuseum Studio from the 12th to the 19th of December. The exhibition will include works by influential artists ranging from Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Mondrian, and Georgia O’Keefe.
Since the launch in June 2012, The Paintshop.biz spawned over 3,000 unique paintings by more than 1,500 different authors. The Paintshop.biz is an online real-time drawing tool, every painting is the result of a collaborative effort. Once the painting is signed and saved, it’s ranked accordingly. The person who signed it, becomes its official author and owner, while the shared canvas resets to white.
The rank of each painting is determined by using the PaintRank algorithm. The algorithm determines the reputation of the author and the popularity of the work itself by analyzing a set of factors such as the Artfacts ranking of the author, the amount of Facebook Likes and retweets the painting receives, the Google PageRank of the title, and the painting’s provenance including age, sales record and exhibition history. The painting’s rank sets the price; making the highest ranked painting the most expensive.
All paintings are available for sale throughout the exhibition-period. Once sold, the painting is immediately taken down and handed to its new owner, thereby changing the exhibition and increasing the ranking of the painting.
Kindly Supported by Baltan Laboratories, Eyebeam, Van Abbemuseum and Piet Zwart Institute.