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Sónar+D and Fundació Sorigué present the ART+COM installation for SonarPLANTA

17/06/2015

RGB | CMY Kinetic is a large audiovisual installation and the stage for a choreography of lights. In the piece, a dialogue takes place between the primary colours (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) and the additive colours (Red, Green, Blue), driven by 5 airborne reflecting discs and activated by machinery with industrial power and precision.

The music of the piece was composed by Ólafur Arnalds, who uses the data stream produced by the movement of the discs, thus uniting sound and motion in an indivisible whole. The first part of this 10-minute choreography focuses on this synesthetic relationship, while in the second, Arnalds enagages in an abstract, free interpretation of the movement.

Advanced industrial engine assembly and software control technologies have been used in the production of this kinetic installation, which is inspired by the nature of light. The work is a reflection on nature through engineering, a multi-sensory and spatial experience made possible by technology.

ART+COM are undoubtedly a globally pioneering creative group in the use of technology as a medium for artistic expression. By combining artistic, scientific and technological disciplines, they have experimented with all the possible variables in the field of interactivity, investigating and developing new forms of communication that have placed them at the forefront of art, design and technological innovation.

The group was founded in 1988 by a multidisciplinary group of technologists, engineers, programmers, designers, producers and even members of the Chaos Computer Club, a renowned German hackers’ association; ART+COM’s profile has expanded in tandem with computing, taking their creative output from the computer screen to the world of physical objects.

In their 25-year history, they have been especially famous for their interactive installations and their kinetic sculptures and mechatronic components (which combine mechanics, electronics and information technology). They aim to hide the technology in their works and place the spotlight on the content. The elements that make up their installations are always perfectly choreographed, as in a ballet, and they constantly play with the physical properties of objects and materials.

ART+COM’s work has received extensive recognition over the years, and many leading international awards such as the Golden Lion (Cannes), the Ars Electronica Interactive prize, the Red Dot Grand Prix, the British Academy for Film and Television award in the interactive category; the Grand Clio and the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, among many others.

ART+COM’s work has received extensive recognition over the years, and many leading international awards such as the Golden Lion (Cannes), the Ars Electronica Interactive prize, the Red Dot Grand Prix, the British Academy for Film and Television award in the interactive category; the Grand Clio and the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, among many others.

Ólafur Arnalds, born in Mosfellsbær, just a few kilometres from Reykjavik, is only 28 years old but has gained general recognition thanks to his continuous tours and the determination shown on his debut, Eulogy for Evolution (2007).

Apart from his personal music production, Arnalds composes music for films and television series. In 2013, he did his first work for Hollywood for the film “Another Happy Day,” in the same year as the release of his most recent album, “For Now I Am For Winter”. In his emotive and dreamy music, Ólafur Arnalds mixes delicate classical arrangements with mysterious electronic touches.

 

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