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temas Anil Camci

protesonics Greg Giannis

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TEMAS (tr. contact, touch) is a stochastic audiovisual performance. The software underlying the performance integrates the artist into a generative system as a module of analysis. The software interface affords control over probability distributions instead of immediate parameters. Sound acts as a seed; the artist listens, and in return, performs probabilities.

During the days of the uprising and protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in 2011, I intercepted tweets that contained the word “Egypt”, utilising the twitter API. The words in the tweets were converted to sound using an undocumented feature of Google’s translation service. The result is an audio-visual work where the words form a constellation and the audio slowly builds over time to create a soundscape resembling a room full of people chattering.

All sounds and images are generated in real time. The graphics, which react to sounds, guide the viewers through the diegetic layers of the performance; the unfolding visual narrative highlights the contrasts between the alternating tools of the performance (i.e. a laptop and a modular synthesizer). The software design of Temas draws inspiration from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kontakte, Morton Subotnick’s Touch, and Curtis Roads’ Touche pas. Temas, which generates purely abstract sounds and imagery, stochastically traverses the fine line between the organic and the synthesized, forming contacts with representationality.

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Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

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Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

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