Generative algorithmic composition excerpts based on realtime video data for Francisco Tomsich "ELEGIJA | ELEGY" video installation presented from 10th to 21st July 2020 at Cirkulacija 2 Ljubljana Slovenia. Elegija (Elegy) is a mournful song performed by ensemble of video installations, sculptures and sound installation – made specifically for Cirkulacija 2’s premises. The installation setup was totally site-specific – for the new space of Cirkulacija 2 in Ajdovščina subway.
Field recordings in air and water during the Cirkulacija 2 visit in Finland. The place of rest and contemplation was at Future Lake near Helsinki and the performance place was on Merikerho club/ ship in Helsinki harbor. Boštjan Leskovšek was using the underwater recordings as his instrument. Here it is as separate album.
A recording of Cirkulacija 2 (Stefan Doepner, Boštjan Leskovšek, Borut Savski) performance at Merikerho club Helsinki Finland on 20th October 2018. Visit was part of two-way exchange between Ljubljana and Helsinki (Cirkulacija 2 and Koelse = Association of experimental electronics – Kokeellisen Elektroniikan Seura)
V gosteh v C2 je bil John Duncan, eden temeljnih sodobnih radikalnih umetnikov zadnjih štirideset let. Z Duncanom smo v veliki dvorani Cirkulacije 2 v treh dneh pripravili kvadrofonsko situacijo v kateri smo se zvrstili vsi sodelujoči. Domači sodelujoči: Iva Tratnik, Stefan Doepner, Boštjan Leskovšek in Borut Savski.
Double-bill/ triple action. On the occasion of Mike Hentz' Mental Landscapes lecture at Cirkulacija 2 - a concert occurred: Javier Areal Vélez – Argentinian composer and guitar improviser claiming to be open to any kind of participation visited C2. He was joined by the two local strummers: Leskovšek and Savski.
V prvih dneh novega leta javljamo o dveh delih opravljenih konec lanskega leta. Prvo je v izložbenem oknu Cirkulacije 2 zapustila Elvin Brandhi iz Walesa. V pekovski predrščanski tradiciji Parkljev prikazuje podobe prednamcev, ki edini oživljajo v tem času popolnoma zapuščen podhod Ajdovščine. Postčloveški čas = čas (+prostor) brez ljudi.
Drugo delo je prav tako aktualne narave, saj se tvorno vključuje v post-humani trenutek. Name: POLICIJSKA URA. Postavljeno je kot povsem praktičen pripomoček na nadstrešku Photopuba. Odšteva čas, ki je še na voljo pred policijsko uro.
Elvin Brandhi: MALE PLASTIKE
Izložba Cirkulacija 2, Podhod Ajdovščina 2
Ljudje preganjajo duhove,
živi prežijo na mrtve.
Elvin Brandhi (Elvin kot škratinja, Brandhi kot Gandhi, Br kot Brexit) je bila del programa Cirkulacije 2, ki ga sofinancira Mestna občina Ljubljana.
Policijska ura je nastala v Mehatronični delavnici Cirkulacije 2, ki jo je v letu 2020 sofinanciral Javni sklad RS za kulturne dejavnosti (JSKD). Ta delavnica sestavi orodja, tehnologije in ekspertna znanja, ki se nahajajo v Cirkulaciji 2 in jih v določeni meri ponudi v uporabo tudi drugim posameznikom, ki kaj takšnega potrebujejo.
On Wednesday, 16 December 2020 at 8 pm, a feature show / omnibus entitled Expanded Cirkulacija 2: World Improvement Machine (subtitled: 7 times 7 = 49 …) was broadcast as part of the Kiblix festival. The original 7 x 7 = 49 was then replaced by the 9 x 7 = 63 (minutes’) version! To increase the potentiality of consumption, we present all individual contributions separately.
In the time of Covid, the live phyisical multi-day tour of the Machine in Maribor was replaced by a multi-day recording session in the home premises of Cirkulacija 2 – with the following participants: Ryuzo Fukuhara, Borut Savski, Stefan Doepner, Elvin Brandhi, Iva Tratnik and Boštjan Leskovšek.
In cross-collaborations, we prepared nine views on the state of the Machine of the Modern State (which is the meaning of the title). The Covid situation did not exist at the time of the project’s setting-up a year ago, and the world was already full to the brim. The infantility of modern the state, manifested in patronage and a protective attitude towards citizens – hm, with good intentions – has been replaced by a realistic option of increased Machine authoritarianism.
The idea of a modern state began some 300 years ago in the minds of the then European monarchs, who were therefore called “enlightened”. The Enlightenment came much later – and humanism is precisely the result of such a model (structure) of the state. It is assumed that the modern state machine regulates itself according to needs and corrects its mistakes. History, however, is not linear – in the recent past there have been quite a few diversions into less humane experiments. Even at this moment, it seems that the situation can tip the complex mechanism of the self-regulating machine into some other stable position (<- the quantum mechanics of systems).
In the modularly composed contributions of the six authors, the mentioned systemic digressions, images of industry, crowds, faces, creations and self-creations of the individual, metaphors of a great leader / savior appear in a mosaic way, scattered and disordered if no active engagement is present. On the other hand, they seem to be a characteristic aesthetic mode of allegory, where man is replaced by symbols of power.
Aesthetically, we seem to be exploring the symbolic narrative field of the video – with a starting point in the dance video – live performative points, which are widely understood and so the protagonist is not just a man (dancer) – but that’s all in front of the camera. .
The modules feature: Stefan Doepner’s Organ for Optimizing the World (co-production of Kud Obrat and Cirkulacija 2; 2020) – and a bunch of his moving machines. Butoh dancer Ryuzo Fukuhara is a master of adapting to the moment / situation / sound / image. Borut Savski is an on-duty instrumentalist on a self-made guitar and a programmer of a mosaic video machine for interactive chaos control (“you gotta move!”). Elvin Brandhi is a guest from England (um, Wales …), who named her part “world wide ward” – the world as a penitentiary. She marked the underground space of the abandoned Ajdovščina underpass with images of the ancestors.
chapter 1: CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION Ryuzo Fukuhara, Borut Savski, Stefan Doepner
Take two of the improvised performance scene. Ryuzo moves and Borut plays guitar to make a narrative. Stefan’s measures time uniformly, Borut’s mosaic algorythm follows Ryuto’s movement and tries to make some order in projection.
chapter 2: FEEDBACK MACHINE Stefan Doepner, Ryuzo Fukuhara
A poetic scenery made from 3 turning loudspeakers – one with microphone – in acoustic computer modulated feedback loop by Stefan Doepner.
chapter 3: NAZIBAZI Ryuzo Fukuhara, Borut Savski
An ode to authoritarian digressions of the Machine. Improvised and recorded in take one. Ryuzo: construction of movement, Borut: construction of sound (heavily computer modulated guitar).
chapter 4: SULAVESI Boštjan Leskovšek
Boštjan Leskovšek je ljubitelj narave in malih naprav za proizvodnjo zvokov – z zvoki je obiskal oddaljeni indonezijski otok Sulavesi, kjer gamelani še vedno igrajo odo stranpotem evolucije.
chapter 5: IVUT AIVAR Iva Tratnik
Reference so na čarovnice (za otroke). Stroj moderne države je menda moral vzpostaviti drugačno ekspertizo, pa so zato politkomisarke preteklosti morale odleteti/ zgoreti. Družbeni položaj žensk v moderni državi?
chapter 6: WORLD OPTIMIZATION ORGAN Stefan Doepner
Alegory to the fanfares. Computer controlled self-made organ pipes (2020 KUD Obrat/ Cirkulacija 2 coproduction).
chapter 7: SELF Ryuzo Fukuhara, Borut Savski
Construction of coherent Self. Again: “you gotta move!”. Improvised and recorded in the very first take.
chapter 8: WWW Elvin Brandhi, Borut Savski
Elvin Brandhi rhymes with Gandhi. Last year’s bread-ghosts were taken for a ride in a covid-desolated Ajdovščina underpass corridors. New bread-ghosts were created. Elvin shouted – as she can, Borut tried to keep up the drive with guitar. Again: recorded in the very first take! Elvin did the final video mess…
chapter 9: ATI_THE FATHER Borut Savski, Stefan Doepner, Boštjan Leskovšek
Ati = Attitude = Father (in indo-european languages). Ati / the big gun / the barrell with loudpeaker moves, adds to sound and talks. It’s movement is affecting the mosaic coherence of projection. Boštjan, Borut and Stefan play their instruments. Original video historic scenes were taken from some youtube documentary. Thanks! Taken in the first try.
Supporters: Cirkulacija 2 is an artists' initiative started in 2007, organized into Association for interdisciplinary arts, selfproduction and circulation of contemporary art Cirkulacija 2. In the years 2016-2019 Municipality of city of Ljubljana supports the program of Cirkulacije 2, before they supported projects of Cirkulacija 2 on yearly basis. In 2010-2013 the four-year project Cirkulacija 2 - Total Art Platform was supported by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia. From then on they support the projects of Cirkulacija 2 on yearly basis (except when it does not...). There are collaborations with Radio Student Ljubljana.