The works you presented in the various editions of the Inner_Spaces festival are mostly dedicated to Bernard Parmégiani, truly a master of the electroacoustic French school. Do you think the imaginative potential of his work can still be an inspiration for today’s visual artists?
The music of Parmégiani is extremely visual for me, also humorous, ironic and full of musical color, both dense and sparse. This makes it an ideal inspiration for visuals, especially for emerging visual artists who often are listening to music that has a strong rhythmic base. Parmégiani’s music doesn’t have this, but instead uses an extremely wide audio palette, which makes it ideally suited to sound reactive realtime visuals. This lack of an underlying beat encourages the visual artist to create visual rhythms that work as counterpoint to the music.
What are the movies, directors and video artists that inspired you the most, once you developed your technical skills?
Among movie directors surely Stanley Kubrick, Fritz Lang, Sergei Eisenstein and Andrei Tarkovsky, while for the theatre I should mention Guy Cassier. In the field of animation, Oscar Fischinger – a pioneer in audio reactive animation – while some great videoartists working with realtime visuals are Natan Sinigaglia (he did beautiful works on classical music), Markus Heckmann, Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto), Vincent Houzé (France), TUNDRA (Russian collective).
What new projects are you currently working on? Have you kept some ideas in standby – maybe a secret wishlist – you’d like to develop in the future?
I have two concerts coming up soon: 5 may at Bloom, Mezzago for 19m40s then “Pictures at an Exhibition” with the Winstons, 7 june in Venice.
I am currently working on a performance for blind dancers to be presented at ISEA, 28 june in Durban. This will involve realtime visuals, and also spatial sound using multiple Kinects, multi-screen projection and LED strips. We will hold a 10 day workshop in Durban with the dancers using the tools I am developing now with the help of some programmers.
As for future plans: I would like to work on another opera – combining projection mapping and LED lighting.