December 28th, 2011
our video – SYNTHETIK for HTRK :: iz numba 2! on the list of Best Clips Of 2011 in Australian – Mess and Noise – super audio portal :) wooop!*
In spite of the slightly cynical introductory notes, there is such a thing as a film clip that holds one’s attention and lends weight to the song that it accompanies, without resorting to gimmicks or stealing the show in its own right. Pussykrew’s clip for HTRK’s ‘Synthetik’ is one such clip. Visually arresting, there is something sensual and heartbreaking about the masked figures that transcends the initial revulsion that one may feel. As such, it is a perfect companion to HTRK’s violent, narcotic music.
December 15th, 2011
Tomorrow myself and Andrzej are launching Thermal Imaging Camera Project – SPECTRUM
Video installation will be projected on Kings Gate building, Newcastle University
Join us for the opening at 6 – Culture Lab Foyer
////////// event :: http://culturelab.ncl.ac.uk/news-and-events/2011/12/02/spectrum-launch
/ SPECTRUM /
- video installation piece created with thermal imaging camera
by Ewelina Aleksandrowicz and Andrzej Wojtas
SPECTRUM is an immersive video installation that explores the unseen connections between energy circulations.
The existence of energy is often not visible, what if we could see this energy?
Revealing the energy of city life, the transformation of energy accumulated in nature as well as the energy usage of electronic machines?
Could we improve energy usage if we had a better understanding of energy waste points?
Using a thermal imaging camera, the artist will investigate the energy of Newcastle University activities. Filming different parts of university life, exploring thermal imagery of buildings and energy emitted by walls, glass, wood, electronic equipment, exploring energetic differences and connections between different types of materials, machines and human bodies.
SPECTRUM will expose the public to the world of temperatures and relationships between architecture and nature. With Spectrum, Aleksandrowicz and Wojtas uncover the hidden world of energy processes and structures in everyday life.
SPECTRUM conveys the remarkable transformation of energies at Newcastle University’s site in processes that are visible through range of colours. Various colour modes are representing temperature differences – warm, cold areas. Through an incredibly vibrant colour range the piece brings up unique cinematic qualities. The artists have gathered footage from different locations, including; Newcastle University Campus, Kings Gate Building, Students Union, Culture Lab, as well as footage from Whitley Bay – Hockey Match of Newcastle Sports Team.
SPECTRUM project was created with support of Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability and Culture Lab, University of Newcastle.
SPECTRUM will be projected on Kings Gate building between Dec 16th 2011 and January 6th, 2012
Opening Reception on Dec 16th, 2011
December 15th, 2011
after poland gig madness we went to..
BERLIN PORN FILM FESTIVAL ::
no mainstream porn in there of course.. just some tasty queer porn / art porn / sex positive / fun porn / lgtb / female porn / fetish / activism / documentaries / + live performances.. talks.. meetings… gender related issues.. discussion panels.. with female porn directors ! .. parties.. :)
two of our videos were presented at BERLIN PORN FILM FESTIVAL 2011 //
my performative actions – Mother-of-Pearl ::
and Let me Entertain You ::
in the Art Porn category .. >> http://www.pornfilmfestivalberlin.de/pffb_2011/en/?p=2919
and also as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE :: we took part in collective noise performance with Shu Lea Cheang – / UKI /, which was presented at Berghain Kantine on the last evening of the festival ::
info about the event :
together with a group of sound artists : Brendan Howell / Jodi Rose / Peter Newman / Martin Backes / João Pais / Servando Barreiro / Christopher Fröhlich / Malte Steiner
we created live noisy sound scape for UKI post-porn film by Shu Lea…
it was good to be there.. that was my first Porn Festival ever.. :)
lovely new people / experiences.. community… ey
my highlights of the festival ::
Maria Llopis and her provocative live online porn performance * >> http://www.pornfilmfestivalberlin.de/pffb_2011/de/?p=1725
[ Maria Llopis is performance artist, activist, post-pornographer and co-founder of girlswholikeporno.com <3 ]
Maria with a group of spontaneous participants did live erotic chat with strangers on Chat Roulette… in the cinema space filled with public :)
It was such an interesting social experiment…
bottom x – documentary
suka off and their work in general
+ some interesting panels.. with female directors and alternative porn stars /
there were some things i was missing..
i was really looking for something beyond any standard video language..
as a video artist i would like to see porn which is sophisticated in form.. . unpredictable.. avant-garde. … maybe more inventive.. cinematic poetry.. more experimental..
without standard shots and plots.. as even queer porn have its own standards and stereotypes…
here you can find photos from the porn fest :
im planning to attend next year also :)
December 15th, 2011
we decided to stop in poland for a week after unsound festival on the way to berlin x 2..
we had some gigs booked already with our noise healing sessions – domestic violence in warsaw / wroclaw and poznan / .. and one visual live poem in krakow..
also day after the unsound festival we did an
audio-visual performance with FQP – few quiet people – our collaborative av project – / Seas of Tranquility / ..
/ SEAS OF TRANQUILITY is poetic ambient audio-visual piece, beyond any standard visual languages. A piece of an artwork which extracts from modern electronic video art / performance art / theatre / art cinema. A mixture of surreal immersive images and sounds that are produced to the highest standards. Piece of cinematic poetry with ambient hypnotic soundscape – Neo Classical Drone Textures, Glitch and Melancholy. Deep dreamy atmosphere creates a parallel world where bended perception transforms romantic horizons and objects into abstract visions. By using emotionally loaded strong images and beautiful sonic textures artists are building an epic live journey, loaded with mixture of emotions and feelings – solace, alien beauty, fascination, solitude love and nostalgia..
Visual Material was produced by video collective – Pussykrew (Ewelina Aleksandrowicz and Andrzej Wojtas) in collaboration with UK based performance artists and theatre contemporary dancers. Video Artists collected the footage from very unique charismatic places – Teufelsberg in Berlin, Hartlepool coast in the North of England and snowy Suomenlinna island in Finland. Synthetic and delicate visual 3D patterns are also part of this piece. /
i love Keel Keathley’s ambient drones / real-to-real recording machines and melancholic textures.. and Stefan Wesolowski creates pure poetry with his neo classical sounds and violins.. o . o
his music made me cry.. beautiful intimate evening*
// websites to check and download sounds : http://fewquietpeople.com/
+ pics pics pics* – FQP + Pussykrew – Alchemia, Krakow
warsaw – eufemia*
next mixed feelings’ gig was in warsaw (domestic violence this time).. was a bit of a disaster.. laptops and controllers drowned under the honey sticky bear.. o . o there were moments of doubt and stress.. intimate corner with a hair dryer trying to save whats left.. but we handled that and our machines as well :) and moved on :P equipment is working … wooop!* it wasnt really the greatest gig ever but at least some friends showed up.. we simply didnt had time to promote this little event in any way… and everything seemed to be a bit out the loop.. little messy. / the place didnt actually looked like made for noise music :P whatever . every experience is important. and everything generates energy. sometimes chaos generates even more happy endings :) aftergig time was much nicer with great conversations.. /
there was no time to think about that because next day we went to Wroclaw :) and it was much much better.. proper venue + organisation.. and public . nice sets ( with Odaibe and Wojciech Morawski ) chilled atmosphere .. nightmares from warsaw disappeared in the air..
next – Poznan.. !
we did domestic violence impro at Glosna Cafe in Poznan .. – my dearest friend Kamyk is running this georgeous place with his partner.. cafee bookshop and an experiemental gigs + meetings + discussions venue.. sweet. check it >> http://glosnamuza.wordpress.com/ cutest cute*
it was a night of noisy field recordings in a warm warm vibes with best hyper mate tea… with Huberts field recordings from syberia, tuwaa + Kamyk and his supper collider sounds and frequencies..
/ next day – Festiwal Performance i Experymentu Dzwiekowego /
while we were in poland we had another proposition to play 2nd gig in poznan..at the / Festiwal Performance i Experymentu Dzwiekowego /… crazy evening full of body + political performances.. with great local artists and special guests from abroad.. /
Performing with legendary Istvan Kantor + Jesus is a noise commander + Hubert & Monika Winczyk .. was a pure pure pleasure..
Istvan is one of a kind*and i can still remember the smell of frying mushrooms + blood..
We played as Domestic Violence and instead of projections we performed with 5 TV screens.. :D glitching and flashing interacting with our noise stream //
i am simply a TV fetishist.. (including hipnotic tv noises analogue glitches and in general powerful symbolic and aesthetic aspects of tv objects.. )
DV tikul & jendrek > Performance Fest : pics from poznan +
+++ some polish october gigs flyerz ::
UNSOUND FESTIVAL /
FQP + Pussykrew /
Warszawa / Eufemiaaa
Domestic Violence / Wro . Cykl at Puzzle
Dmestic Viol. – Poznan : Nasluch w Glosnej ::
Dom Viol – Festival Performance i Eksperymentu Dzwiekowego /
December 13th, 2011
dear digital diary :P
straight from taipei i went to poland. Andrzej was waiting for me in Krakow already.. i missed amazing fresh air* and chilly weather.
crazy october all over the place.. ! .. Krakow Unsound Fest and lots of different gigs after that.. (poland,berlin and around)
Unsound Festival ::
this years festival was incredibly busy for us.. we did an audio-visual installation with Raime, visuals for HTRK and visual set for Kassem Mosse and MMM ::
/ this years festival theme – FUTURE SHOCK – dark heavy hypnotic vibe..
Unsound speaks for itself with its witch housey future shock genres * hype williams / maria minerva / htrk and holy other were my favs :) i also liked oldschoold legendary dinosaurs model 500 and i was dancing like crazy tikul to pure early techno synths* total feeling. despite the fact that they were a bit diva style plastic dummies.. either way – respect. always good and importnat experience to see / hear precursors of tekno..
+ chris and cosey are simply good.. and in a good form :) they washed me clear & over a bit in a way that i was expecting.. pure cold electronicaa.. nourish* …it works.. and moves me.. and throbbing gristle is a part of my childhood..
i’ve spend a week in krakow and unfortunately i didnt had time to see festivals exhibition and my own installation (!!!) .. which sounds bizarre :P
as always on av electronic festival it is.. – new cute people conversations lovely aliens from all over the planet ..:.. all the tempting vibrant beaut* condensed in number of days.. great exchange* and also i discovered krakow again.. in a different new way :) i guess festivals mostly have amazing warm atmosphere.. as usual. joyful* …oh so good .. // nigel and jonnine made this unsound fest very unique and precious.. im melting away … ouogufgodgdrfrdmmrmrmrgggrrrrdoommmm….. meeeoooowww wwoaaahh*
our Unsound visuals & installation workz ..
pussykrew / ewelina aleksandrowicz & andrzej wojtas + raime / Unsound Festival 2011 Future Shock Exhibition >> video installation / from before now ::
documentation / photos of our installation ::
photos by Kachna Baraniewiczowna*
and HTRK + Pussykrew live set at the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, Krakow ::
Kassem Mosse live set + our visuals at Teatr Laznia Nowa :)
and MMM ::
December 12th, 2011
keeping up with updates.. o . o from septembrrr
i wad invited to join Taipei girls electronic performance team :D this year.. / i had to create and present visual set which responds to the theme : WIND :.. (Laptopsrus festivals are gathering active ladies who are creating electronic music/digital images/some multimedia arty things ..programming.. hacking.. design etc.. / previous editions of Laptopsrus were in madrid paris berlin geneva :) >> http://www.laptopsrus.me/
so on the 7th of october i went to spend 3 fantastic days in Hsinchu and Taipei together with a group of visual lady performers from Europe (germany, spain, italy) and Asian supercreative team.. :)
i dont care how pathetic this sounds.. but.. – it was simply magic* !!!
heres an official description of an event…
Audio-visual performance at Laptopsrus Taipei / Hsinchu Centennial Imaging Art Festival
/ LaptopsRus “MEETING | REUNION” is a platform for women live performers.
Meeting as performance, Reunion as tournament, women with laptops play with or against each other in collaborative and challenging ways. The laptop generation, each a mobile agent with own laptop, each claims her personal style while embracing interactive performance platform. /
/ Invited by Hsinchu Centennial Imaging Art Festival, LAPTOPSRUS presents a special “WIND” edition for Hsin Chu, also known as wind city. Gusts of autumn wind transmit elements of growth, vitality, energy, speed, friendship & revolution. We invite Taiwan local and international woman live performers to expand the theme “WIND” with own visual/moving image interpretation. This chance meeting of woman live performers in Hsin Chu marks LaptopsRus’ premiere edition in Asian region. Bring up the wind, we celebrate Hsinchu Centennial Imaging Art Festival with our ever-growing woman live performers’ network.
LaptopsRus Hsin Chu edition Hsinchu Centennial Imaging Art Festival /
Organized by Hsinchu City Government ::
in association with : Woman Make Waves Film Festival and Image Museum of Hsinchu Culture Bureau
Laptopsrus website : http://www.laptopsrus.me
some stills from video material that i’ve presented :
I was amazed by organisation of an event and super vibrant atmosphere full of activities.. thanks to Shu Lea Cheang and Maite-Cajaraville for organising this fantastic platform for meeting and opportunities, and also for vibrantly promoting women in digital arts.. //
together with my new lady friends we’ve spend 1 night at Hsinchu (- Wind City :) and gave an evening performance in a public space.. each person was presenting visual metrial which responds to the theme – the WIND.
next two days we spent in Taipei :)
as i said before – the organizers – Shu Lea and Maite did their best, took incredible care of us.. (super accommodation, great food, meetings, aaahh :) and filled our days with activities .. it was a pleasure to be surrounded by such fantastic group of ladies :) .. we were having a great group meals every day.. super tasty times. + exploring taipei city ( i dont like touristic entertainment but somehow i went to the highest building in the world! o . o ..or the ex-highest building – 101 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei_101 + temples, markets, clubs, galleries, local culture, food.. meow*
the last day we went to natural hot springs ! .. near taipei city.. - water massages.. bubbles.. jaqoozies etc made my time ..totally :D its the best* we spend ages sitting together and playing in water in cold and hot pools.. its so relaxing…. and so much funnn :P
amazing environment .. greatest time with super people* //
pics from around ::
Laptopsrus Visual Performance
tikul live visual set ::
tikul & beata .. before the performance
the team :)
Dinner at the Gallery //
Taboo CLub ::
me & Takeko :)
my taipei city ::
and I O I : top high building :: from outher space..::
..i couldnt stay any longer as i was rushing to krakow for unsound festival :P and performing the next day after i landed back in europe :P ..
love to all digital girls***
December 9th, 2011
December 8th, 2011
again updates from september.. delay delay delay – o . o
Render 11 exhibition / Culture Lab : Digital Media MRes Show :: 22/09/11
Final Pro ::
Domestic Violence Audio-Visual /sensor based/ Performance + red tube / Audio Reactive TVs glitches and strobe lights :D
again with our diy machines.. this time with 80s cyberpunky looking set :)
Soft Shell ::
Interactive Audio-Visual Installation /
- 3 half-transparent persplex screens in triangular shape hanged in the air .. / projected video – aging skin textures which looked like hypnotic landscapes.. slow movement of skin and muscles.. abstract close ups..
+ touch / pressure reactive tangible object – electronics arduino/sensors/simple max patch with granular effect / + an artificial 3d skin (made of dragon skin* silicone rubber)
+ for the sound samples i’ve made field recordings of my skin (rubbing , stroking).. especially for this project.
public was able to create the soundscape through interacting with this object.. sound was released by touch.. intensity of the sound was equal to the pressure of touch..
/ the hanging screens created 3 dimensional object in a space themselves… /
its fascinating how transparent screen and projection on different materials (plastic or fabric) can give a this soft dreamy ‘hologramy’ feeling.. :)
/ Soft Shell / interactive installation by Ewelina Aleksandrowicz [ Tikul ] and Andrzej Wojtas
Soft Shell is an immersive synthetic/organic environment which explores body transformations, bodily textures, physicality and the gesture of touch.
Viewers are surrounded by projected images in a triangular formation, creating an intimate sound interaction.
Participants are able to built ambient soundscapes and affect the generated sound by the gentle touching of an artificial skin covering an electronic ‘body’ object. The intensity of these gestures relate to the intensity of sound.
Through participating in this performative ritual and interaction, viewers are invited to explore the new qualities of tangible gesture and the relationships created between synthetic and organic materials. Electronic components enclosed in an artificial skin become organic and simultaneously, the projected images of human skin are transformed into abstract textures.
Soft Shell becomes an artificial space within the body, an affective, audio-visual experience mediated by an artificial skin – electronic tangible interface.
Tech Review :
3 Channel Video Projection :: + skin textures video projection on 3 transparent perspex screens arranged in triangular shape /
Audio – Tangible Interface :: + silicone rubber object [ artificial skin / imitation of human skin ] Dragon Skin material + pressure sensors / arduino – electronic circuit / + max/msp patch – field recordings – sounds of skin / stroking rubbing + granuliser effect
Self-build controller interface, based on pressure sensors, arduino, Max/MSP patch – granuliser / and artificial transparent skin imitation material – silicone rubber (Dragon Skin*). Electronics are enclosed in artificial ʻskin-likeʼ soft material, which has similar qualities as human skin.
touch sensitive object was build from pressure sensors and arduino, than i’ve made a mould from air drying clay.. – organic soft shape :)
and i’ve filled the form with dragon skin silicone rubber.. it casts very fast. (around 30 mins. ) it worked perfectly… im planning to use similar mechanism to create the new version of my interface – for audio-visual performances.. and add more sensors to achieve wider tactile interactions..
meanwhile.. the 1st rubber prototype and /soft shell installation was amazingly successful :) public expressed great feedback. people couldnt get enough, while they were interacting with it and generating sound, being immersed into the video material. the tactile environment was so pleasant to touch.. it made everyone completely soaked into the space.. hipnotized :D
the reactions of public were just so surprising. i never expected that people will get so much into it..
im quite happy with the result.. but it feels like theres so much to explore in this field.. build new versions, experiment with electronics or different shapes of rubber.. the space.. .. so im planning to work on it more and more.. :)
here are some pictures from the exhibition ::
December 8th, 2011
***this is an update from beginning of september.. im totally in a swirl mess and hyper active sweet time and no single moments to update my digital diary.. :( buaaaa*
pre tests with the silicone rubber materials for the transformation of my interface controller [domestic violence av project] and av installation soft shell – digital media Mres final project ::
domestic violence audio-visual sensor based performance …::
i’ve decided to come up with a different shape of my av interface and cover electronics [sensors/arudino/wires] with a layer of soft silicone rubber to achieve more 3d soft object ergonomic shape pleasent to touch and sqeeze, for tactile tangible gestures.. i would like to enclose electronics into little rubber organic cushion which will reveal perfect connection with the performer .. visually and gesturally :) an extension of my body..
some sort of prosthetic style bio-organs / artificial skin / electronic living organism .. [david cronenberg style :]
1st i’ve did lots of tests with different kinds of rubbers silicone rubbers silicones and different substances.. i was rearching for something light soft and flexible.. after trying out different substances i found something perfect !!! - DRAGON SKIN*
DRAGON SKIN is a special material mainly used for film special effects.. casting, shaping ‘skin’ imitating masks and creating artificial body parts.. :)
its ideal.. soft.. strong.. extremely flexible and light..
i was also trying out different shapes forms.. ive made many moulds / castings to achieve the desired shape …
my little home made chemical alchemy :
dragon skin : flesh colour /
dragon skin :: [special silicone rubber]
colour : transparent
my elbow skin cast .::