Direction & Curation

Abstrakt Abstrakt - The Systemized World
NODE10 Forum for Digital Arts
November 2010, Frankfurter Kunstverein

In the second edition NODE became more than just an expert meeting. International artists, creative programmers and the general public came together to explore, discuss and investigate ‘Abstrakt Abstrakt – The Systemized World’, the leitmotif of NODE10. I had the creative direction and production and invited other curators to work with us.

Here is the video wrap up by Judith Holzer. Sound by Jakob Korn & Nu.

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abstrakt Abstrakt
Exhibition

Through the exhibition ‘abstrakt Abstrakt - the systematized world’ we sought out to analyse the nature and effect of abstraction systems. Abstraction systems reproduce the ‘world’ in a new medium (e.g. the financial system) and have great effect on our lives through complex regulatory circuits. The extensive and powerful autonomy of such systems becomes obvious in moments of their dysfunction, like during the interruption of air traffic due to a scientific simulation of a vulcano cloud, or by the drop of the stock market due to automated computer trade. Under a regime of rationality scientists and engineers become performing agents of this development, and bring ever new abstraction systems (and even abstractions of abstraction systems) into action, empowered by computerisation and ‘software-isation’.

Exhibiting artists: Ralf Baecker, Ben Fry, FIELD, Leander Herzog, Robert Hodgin, Thilo Kraft, Louise Naunton Morgan, Brandon Morse, John Powers, Patrick Raddatz, SOFTlab, Jorinde Voigt and Zimoun. Curation: Eno Henze.

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abstrakt Abstrakt
Symposium

The two complementing events of the festival, exhibition and symposium, sought to analyse the nature and effect of these systems of abstraction. While the exhibition drew upon artworks as visual evidence for the changing conditions of production in an abstract world, the symposium approached the topic from a more theoretical perspective, enriched by contributions from economists, scientists, artists and philosophers.

Symposium: Frieder Nake, Klaus Mainzer, Ludwig Engel, Lutz Dammbeck, Marius Watz, Matthias Böttger, Sebastian Oschatz, Stefan Bergheim

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Creative Technology Community Experts Workshops

NODE10’s educational platform presented 24 workshops on creative coding, prototyping interactive sketches, tinkering electronics and developing plugins for the graphical software toolkit ‘vvvv’.

Workshops: Digital Media in Performing Arts, Visual Music , Projecting on the things, vvvv for beginners, Mathematics for vvvv, Shaders and graphics effects, Plugin Coding for vvvv (basics), Plugin Coding for vvvv (advanced), 3D Transformations, Web user interfaces, Box2D – Physics Engine, Multitouch Paradigms, 3D Character Animation, Arduino & the TinkerKit (basics), Arduino & the TinkerKit (advanced), Data Visualization, Video LED with e:cue, 2D Video Tracking, Boygrouping & Multiscreen Setups, Advanced electronic tinkering with Fritzing, vvvv as a language,

With: Elliot Woods, Woeishi Lean, Massimo Banzi, Chris Plant, Alessandro Masserdotti, Elias Holzer, Sebastian Gregor, André Knörig, joreg, Christian Engler, Frank Langer, Jens Freihoefer, Johannes Timpernagel, Sebastian Huber, Matthias Zauner, Studio Strukt, Julien Vulliet, Natan Sinigaglia, Nils Buhlert, Tebjan Halm, Katharina Mayrhofer, Phillip Steinweber, Jochen Leinberger, Alexander Graf, ID_Frankfurt, Kristina Veit, Nina Vallon

Festival Direction
David Brüll, Ingolf Heinsch

Creative Direction
David Brüll, Ingolf Heinsch

Curation abstrakt Abstrakt
Curation Exhibition ‘abstrakt Abstrakt‘ Eno Henze, Marius Watz

Curation ‘NODE Deluxe‘
David Brüll, Ingolf Heinsch, Valérie-Françoise Vogt

Curation Educational Program
Joreg, Valérie-Françoise Vogt