THE RAMONES THING

In Conversation with: Christian Zöllner of The Constitute

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE chatted to Christian about early adopting, what makes a great performance and The Ramones.

IN: How did The Constitute come about?

CZ: Sebastian [Piatza] and I were both part of VR Urban. There were five of us in the beginning and then four. We made the SMSlingshot which was exhibited in the MoMA and travelled all over the place. Our first task as a collective was to figure out how to bring the design art side and the tech side together. Tech specialists tend to look at a problem in order to find the shortest distance from A to B, but from a design perspective we go in circles and iterate. At some point, people had kids, or went off to study or got 9-to-5 jobs, so Sebastian and I decided to do our own thing. We work as a liquid network now; for each project, people come and people go. Continue reading…


DOWNLOAD: Networked and Exposed

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE explores interaction online, social platforms, and other modes of connection and art-making.

“I’m gonna come meet you personally, baby!!” screams a man in New York at a group of women in LA, for the first time ever, in 1980. Artists Kit Galloway, Sherrie Rabinowitz set up a life-sized live stream video chat between storefronts in New York City and Los Angeles without explanatory information. Unsuspecting passers-by realised that they were talking to people on the other side of the continent. Continue reading…


DOWNLOAD: You Are Here

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE track their position, delving into the crossover between mapping technology and interactive performance.

GPS (Global Positioning System) games immediately make me think of Geocaching, the world’s largest treasure hunt. I’ve never completely got the appeal – Saturday mornings spent out in the woods, scrambling up dirt trails, smartphone in hand, all in order to locate a plastic waterproof ‘cache’. Once found, you put your name in the log-book contained within, and move onto the next cache. There are 21,241 caches near Berlin. That’s quite a lot of rainy muddy weekends. Continue reading…


TECHNOLOGIES OF THE SELF(IE)

In Conversation with: Lisa Lucassen of She She Pop

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE met Lisa Lucassen, a member of She She Pop. This Berlin-based female collective that has been making and touring performances for over 20 years. She She Pop have recently created a piece called 50 Grades of Shame. Inspired by Frühlings Erwachen and spinning off 50 Shades of Grey, this work uses a constellation of cameras, projectors, and a program called Isadora to blend multiple bodies into one. She She Pop will be opening that experience up in the form of a lab at Performersion. Continue reading…


LUCID TRIPS

In Conversation with: Sara Lisa Vogl

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE chatted to Sara Lisa Vogl, the co-founder of VRNerds, an online news source about Virtual Reality (VR), which is the biggest of its kind in the German language. They created Lucid Trips, a gorgeous VR game, and are developing a product called “Nearby VR” which is a shared space for VR online. Sara teaches creative computing and organises a monthly community event in Hamburg called VR Stammtisch where people come together to share, test, and get feedback about their VR projects. Continue reading…


DOWNLOAD: Binaural + Beyond

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE explores the complex landscape of audio in performance..

GET READY FOR BINAURAL
Don’t listen to the links in this download over the speakers, get your earphones plugged in – real binaural recording is more than just stereo. Placing two microphones about 17 cm apart (the distance between most people’s ears) won’t cut it either. A good binaural recording set-up involves two microphones embedded into the ears of a dummy head complete with anatomically-correct ear folds. Only in this way will the sound waves bounce authentically into the ears of the listener. Continue reading…


ELECTRIC DREAMS

In Conversation with: Arne Vogelgesang of internil

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE chatted to Arne Vogelgesang about electricity, joysticks and the body as a site of performance.

IN: How would you define internil’s artistic practice?

AV: internil is a label for a series of interdisciplinary performance projects. The collaborators on these projects vary; some people have been part of internil for years, while others only drop in for a single project. The work is material based and usually involves some amount of research and collection. Another important feature connecting many projects is the functional integration of spectators and context into the presentational frame, making them part of the performative calculus. Alles Theater. Continue reading…


DOWNLOAD: Future Visions

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE explores the intersection of technology and performance visuals.

As a scenographer, I spend a lot of my time looking at the way things look. I work lo-fi, building scale models by hand, drawing with ink and rulers. The materials I use on stage – most often wood, metal, paint, cloth – are chosen and combined to produce images and atmospheres that work on the audience, producing a temporal, physical experience. It’s a handcraft. I use my computer for sending emails.

Some years ago I stumbled across the work of Jürg Lehni – specifically a short video of his drawing machine Viktor (2008) – and immediately dreamt of an opera stage; a huge blackboard wall, machines whirring to produce moving images in chalkdust. Continue reading…


SOCIAL IMMERSION

In Conversation with: Michael Winkelmann, Lukas Oehmigen + Brook Cronin of CR8TR

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE chatted to CR8TR about Omnidome, their upcoming collaboration with Prinzip Gonzo and their ideas about a VR future.

IN: How does Omnidome work?

CR8TR: Omnidome allows you to map multiple projections onto a given surface geometry to transform the whole space into one 360-degree immersive display. It’s a mapping software, so it creates the environment, but you still need to create the content somewhere else. We’ve been working on lots of different plug-ins that take input from other platforms, such as Unity or VJ software, and then project it into the space around you. Continue reading…


DOWNLOAD: Enter The Cyborg

INTERNATIONAL NOTICE explores the intersection of technology and the body.

I’m watching two robotic Björks in a passionate embrace, the singer’s features mapped twice onto white technological surfaces. Chris Cunningham’s 4-minute, millennial sci-fi fantasy plays like a cyborg utopia: Björk’s breathing-, kissing-, singing-being fused perfectly with Japanese assembly-line mechanical limbs; All is Full of Love. I can’t tell where the tech begins, and the body ends. Black cables snake, pistons pump white fluids. Continue reading…