[ 14. September 2018 ]

DEGEM News – NEWS – Reminder: Call for Participation – ALMAT Workshop @ Impuls Academy 2019

Von: Hanns Holger Rutz
Datum: Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Betreff: Reminder: Call for Participation – ALMAT Workshop @ Impuls Academy 2019

ALMAT – „Algorithms That Matter“ Workshop at the
impuls 11th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for
Contemporary Music 2019

Special workshop for computer music practitioners, sound artists and

Call for Participation Deadline: October 1st, 2018

with Robin Minard, David Pirrò, Hanns Holger Rutz


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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

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