• Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001 receives an Honorary Mention at STARTS Prize ‘22 

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    Posted: 14 June 2022

    Valery Vermeulen - Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001

    Grand prize of the European Commission honoring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts

    We are happy to announce that Valery Vermeulen received a Honorary Mention in the occasion of the Ars Electronica S+T+ARTS Prize '22 with the project Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001, co-produced by the new media artist, Concertgebouw Brugge (BE) and Baltan Laboratories (NL).

    Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001 is part of the multimedia project Mikromedas.
    Mikromedas is a data-driven music project in which the compositions produced use data stemming from space, deep space, and astrophysical simulation models. Unique systems and innovations in using astrophysical data and models as new tools for artistic creation were designed to realize the project. These include data sonification, data visualization, and algorithmic composition.

    Valery Vermeulen (BE) is a Belgian electronic musician, music producer, mathematician, guest professor at the Royal Conservatory – School of Arts Ghent (BE), researcher at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Antwerp (BE), and guest lecturere at MA ArtScience in Den Hague (NL). He holds a PhD in mathematics at as well as an MA in music production. His work covers a broad range of topics and disciplines, including (generative) sound synthesis, AI, biofeedback, astrophysics, theoretical physics, econometrics, and data sonification. His work has been widely shown and featured internationally

    Jury Statement
    A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying. Because no light can get out, people can’t see black holes. They are invisible. Space telescopes with special tools can help find black holes, but what if music could also provide us with a way of sensing what black holes are all about? Valery Vermeulen highlights the inspirational role that art can play in a cross-disciplinary collaboration between art, science, and technology by deliberately positioning his work at the boundary where technological and scientific knowledge ends. Mikromedas brings in a highly inspiring speculative vision that could undoubtedly evolve the current state of the field of theoretical physics. Researchers working in quantum gravity offer an ever-increasing number of mind-bending models of reality that may never be tested by human endeavor. Thus, with this collaboration, a fictitious reality is being created in which scientific and artistic creativity are interchangeable. Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001 is a 45-minute musical piece that focuses on the fascinating world of astrophysical black holes. In 2005, the mathematician, musician and artist Valery Vermeulen began an intense research and production work together with other scientists, artists, and academic institutions focusing on the ultimate quest in the field of theoretical physics today, namely the search for a theory that unites the two worlds of quantum physics and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. All the music of Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001 is composed with data from numerical simulation models of astrophysical black holes and regions of extreme gravitational fields. Customized programs and systems were designed to translate large amounts of data into sound and graphics, resulting in new techniques that uncovered uncharted territory about gravitational waves or white dwarfs.

    S+T+ARTS = STARTS – Innovation at the Nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS:
    STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice that effectively implement European policymaking to nurture innovation and that benefit the art world as well. The focus is on people and projects that contribute to mastering the social, ecological and economic challenges this continent faces.

    Ars Electronica
    "We have been analyzing and commenting on the Digital Revolution since 1979. Since 1996, we have been developing projects, strategies and competencies for the Digital Transformation. Together with artists, scientists, technologists, designers, developers, entrepreneurs and activists from all over the world, we address the central questions of our future. The focus is on new technologies and how they change the way we live and work together."


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