Andreas Broeckmann on Tue, 2 May 2000 20:15:36 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Wiretap 6.05: Frequencies of RealTime

V2_Organisation presents

Wiretap 6.05: Frequencies of RealTime

date: Sunday 07-05-2000, 14.00 - 17.00hrs
doors open 13:00hrs

location: Scapino, Eenrachtsstraat 8, Rotterdam
Entrance: Fl. 7.50

Presentations by:
Velimir Abramovic (NL), Paul DeMarinis (USA), Geert Mul (NL)
Moderation: Andreas Broeckmann (DE/NL)

The factor time is built into machines at different levels of their hard-
and software: the rhythm of the steam engine, the speed of the mechanical
loom or of a conveyor belt, the ticking of the clockwork - these and
similar machines have to be accurately time-coordinated in order to work
properly.  The speed of the machine has to be adapted to the speed of
human perception, so that events and representations at the human-machine
interface can be comprehended and directed by a human user. The
performance of the machine has to be synchronised with the cognitive
performance of the user. The synchronisation of both speeds is experienced
as 'Realtime'. 

The Belgrade philosopher Velimir Abramovic argues that synchronisation
lies at the basis of all physical systems.  He pleads for a "New Ontology
of Time", wherein time is to be viewed as a universal force affecting all
dynamic processes.  The problem with contemporary science is that physics
is not considered as an ontological science, while an understanding of the
properties and essence of time, lie at the basis of our technological
society.  It was the Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943),
the inventor of AC, who first practised an engineering, or rather a
mathematics, of time.

In the sound sculpture "The Edison Effect" by American sound artist Paul
DeMarinis, old gramophone records, wax cylinders and holograms are scanned
with lasers to produce faint music.  Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), best
known as the inventor of the light bulb, was perceived as a charlatan in
the scientific community.  His discovery of sound recording and invention
of the phonograph significantly affected our sense of time. With the
phonograph Edison created a mechanical model not for hearing, but of

In collaboration with the V2_lab Dutch artist Geert Mul is developing the
'Epic Generator': a software project enabling the user to experiment with
and explore forms of narration made possible through the use of digital
media. The software allows you to create interactive works that structure
video material in real-time; the work is constructed while you are
watching it.  Geert Mul will turn the dial of this Wiretap excursion into
time experimentation and speculation by demonstrating his work with
realtime video. 


Velimir Abramovic (YU/NL) was since 1988 affiliated as professor with the
Faculty of Dramatic Arts (University of Belgrade), where he taught
Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics and Film Theory, and with The Center for
Multidisciplinary Studies, where he taught the post graduate course: Space
and Time in philosophy and Natural Sciences.  He is founder of the
Tesliana Society (1992) and Editor in Chief of the Tesliana Scientific
Journal, (1993).  His main interests focus on the ontology of time, the
nature of creative process and system analysis.  Velimir Abramovic is a
member of the American Philosophical Association, and founder and director
of CAT (NGO for research in Time and Consciousness).  He currently lives
in Amsterdam. 

Paul DeMarinis (USA) has been working as an electronic composer since 1971
and has created numerous performance works, sound and computer
installations and interactive electronic inventions.  He has taught
computer, video and audio art at Mills College, Wesleyan University, San
Francisco State University and the New York State College of Ceramics, and
has been a video game designer for Atari Inc. and Scholastic Software.  He
has been commissioned to create permanent computer audio art works for The
Exploratorium, The Ontario Science Centre and The Boston Children's Museum
and has been the recipient of major awards.  Much of his work is concerned
with the redeployment of human sensory apparatus within the recording. 
Media.  Recent pieces include: The Edison Effect, Gray Area, The
Messenger, and The Lecture of Comrade Stalin. 

Geert Mul (NL)  Produces videos, interactive installations and
performances. These works are shown at pop festivals, musea, art festivals
and clubs. During trips and projects in Asia and Europe, he collects
images and sounds of people and their urban surroundings. The works often
relate to music. The notion that the meaning of a work derives from the
way the individual elements are structured, is an important motive in the
design of his video's and installations. 


Velimir Abramovic

Nikola Tesla

Paul DeMarinis

Thomas Alva Edison

V2_Organisation: Marjolein Berger
Eendrachtsstraat 10 - 3012 XL Rotterdam
tel: 31.(0)10.206.7272
fax: 31.(0)10.206.7271

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