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DEGEM News – NEWS – Call: „Algorithms that Matter“ @ impuls Academy 2019 Graz, workshop with Robin Minard, David Pirrò, Hanns Holger Rutz

Von: Hanns Holger Rutz
Datum: Thu, 10 May 2018
Betreff: Call: „Algorithms that Matter“ @ impuls Academy 2019 Graz, workshop with Robin Minard, David Pirrò, Hanns Holger Rutz

ALMAT – Algorithms that Matter

@ impuls 11th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for
Contemporary Music 2019, Graz (AT)

special workshop
for computer music practitioners, sound artists and composers
with Robin Minard, David Pirrò, Hanns Holger Rutz

11.-21. February 2019

Algorithms that Matter (ALMAT) focuses on the experimentation with
algorithms and their embedding in sound works. Rather than conceiving
algorithms as established building blocks or the a priori formalisation
of a compositional idea, we look at them as performing entities whose
consequences are irreducible to models. Algorithms “matter” in the sense
that matter and meaning cannot be distinguished, neither can artists and
their computational tools. Algorithms actively produce spaces and
temporalities which become entangled with their physical embeddings.

The 2019 edition of the workshop focuses on the development of a
site-specific sound installation. The installation will explore the
interactions of algorithmic and physical spaces and their dynamic and
mutable properties. Participants will work on the premise that spaces
and our perception of them change depending on presence, absence, the
movement of visitors, the time of the day, the rhythm of the
surroundings as well as the sonic and algorithmic interventions we bring
into them.

This workshop seeks to attract computer music practitioners, sound
artists and composers by offering a platform for exchange and reflection
about their personal approaches towards algorithmic experimentation. The
participants are invited to develop their various approaches within an
atmosphere of collaboration, where special emphasis will be given to the
translation of environmental data (such as sensor input from the
surroundings and visitors) through computer music systems developed and
assembled by the participants and tutors. One question we want to pursue
is how behaviours can be composed that transition from „technical and
artificial“ to „organic and alive“, particularly through the
articulation of spatiality.

The workshop starts with an internal presentation of the participants
for the other participants and tutors. An initial sound situation using
a large number of small reconfigurable speakers forms the starting point
for in-situ work. This structure will then be available for
decomposition and rearrangement by the participants. The space will
become a public exhibition halfway through the workshop, making it
possible to observe and adapt to the interactions with the audience, a
central question in the making of sound installations.
The workshop will be held with technical infrastructure provided by the
Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM), including an
48-channel sound system and a selection of sensors.
The workshop ALMAT was developed by David Pirrò and Hanns Holger Rutz
(both IEM Graz) and will be held together with the special support by
Robin Minard.

How to apply:
1.) First, you must register and be accepted as a participant of the
impuls Academy 2019.
2.) Along with your application, you must submit a statement concerning
your specific interest in participating in the ALMAT Workshop or
send this by e-mail to office(at)impuls(dot)cc.
3.) In addition, please send a description of your personal work in
relation to the workshop’s theme stating your previous experiences
and describing employed computational approaches, their aesthetic
motivation, and a proposal for working within the installation
setting (up to 500 words), as well as a Curriculum Vitae (up to 500
words). Please send both parts to office(at)impuls(dot)cc by
__October 1st, 2018__ at the latest.
4.) The selection of participants will be announced by the beginning of
November 2018.
5.) Please be aware that the participation at ALMAT requires a daily
presence and will be considered as one of the very intense special
programs. This implies that ALMAT participants will not be granted
the same amount of individual lessons with other tutors as regular
participants, but only one more lesson.