‘Kairos’ is a Greek word for ‘fitting time’ and the ideal moment in the context of musical or audiovisual improvisation is certainly when everything flows. The problem is that these moments of magical coincidences and fortunate accidents are elusive and unpredictable. That is where the Kairos Theory comes in, a concept developed by a research group of Berlin’s Universität der Künste that provides theoretical and practical tools for audiovisual improvisation.
The Kairos theory is inspired by ideas from artificial intelligence and second order cybernetics to create systems of improvisation in a network of human actors or machines (or both at the same time). Everything is shaped by the Kairos Generator, a software that sets a series of limits to interpreters in the flow of improvisation, creating unknown situations and breaking preconceptions in order to make the magic of improv happen.
This talk will be given by researchers and musicians Alberto de Campo, Hannes Hoelzl and Till Bovermann, professors at UdK Berlin and researchers from the 3DMIN department, specialised in R+D of new electronic instruments.