Live A/V Performances

Three engineers. Three audiovisual operations. Live wires, hacked circuits, twisted signals, and carving knives. Bring earplugs.

ΔV/ΔT by Jonas Bers, Image courtesy of the artist

Thursday March 30th @ 9PM

Everyone is invited! Admission is $10.


Cats Cradle Back Room

300 E Main St.
Carrboro, North Carolina 27510

Six Seventy-Two Variations

by Tomonari Nishikawa

This is the second variation of the on-going 16mm film projector performance piece, “Six Seventy-Two Variations.” Nishikawa uses a wood carving knife to scratch off the photographic emulsion of the looped film and produces visual and sound as a live performance.

About Tomonari Nishikawa:

Nishikawa’s films explore the idea of documenting situations/phenomena through a chosen medium and technique, often focusing on process itself. His films have been screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including Berlinale, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, London Film Festival, Media City Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. In 2010, he presented a series of 8mm and 16mm films at MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and his film installation, Building 945, received the 2008 Grant Award from the Museum of Contemporary Cinema in Spain. He served as a juror for the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival, the 2012 Big Muddy Film Festival, and the 2013 dresdner schmalfilmtage. He is one of the co-founders of KLEX: Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival and Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image. He lives in Japan/USA, currently teaching in Cinema Department at Binghamton University.

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Prepared Desktop

by Jon Satrom

Jon Satrom’s Prepared Desktop leverages the digital defaults and mundane functions of our technologies. Scripts, presets, and glitches collide as he tickles the edges of his OS.

About Jon Satrom:

Jon Satrom is an artist, educator, and organizer who problematizes old and new media structures, interfaces, and conventions. He is a kludge artist and a creative problem creator. By day, he fixes things, interviews folks, and creates digital tools at studiothread. By night, he breaks things in search of the unique blips inherent to the systems we use.
Satrom performs realtime audio/video noise and new-media (often w/ XTAL FSCK, I ♥ PRESETS, & Magic Missile), develops artware (in partnership w/ PoxParty), and has co-programed and experimented with organizational and curatorial systems w/ dirty new-media && glitch comrades (including GLI.TC/H && r4wb1t5!.)
He has performed, workshopped, and lectured across spaceship earth (at places like: STEIM, Amsterdam NL; musicacoustica, Beijing CN; transmediale, Berlin DE; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago US; Centro Multimedia, Mexico City MX; SXSW Interactive, Austin, TX US ). His works have been experienced and featured within white cubes, glowing rectangles, ( 65GRAND, Chicago IL US; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder CO US; MU Eindhoven NL; NUMA, Paris FR; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul KR; and SUDLAB, Naples IT; ) and dead trees ( GLI.TC/H READE[R0R]; Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking; Interface cultures: Artistic Aspects of Interaction; Mobile Digital Art: Using the iPad and iPhone as Creative Tools and The Art and Science of Interface and Interaction Design). He feels a bit weird having to list these accomplishments (more here) and would rather interface with you directly. Satrom also finds it strange to write in third person… 

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by Jonas Bers

ΔV/ΔT is an ongoing single-channel audiovisual composition performed entirely and exclusively in realtime, primarily with tools designed by the artist and built by hand.
Pronounced “DELTA V, DELTA T”, ΔV/ΔT is the formula for acceleration — change in velocity divided by change in time. ΔV/ΔT is concerned with connections between the technological singularity, sensory perception and the physical universe; and phenomenological aspects of intense audiovisual stimulus.

About Jonas Bers:

Jonas Bers is a New York based media artist working with hand-built and hacked audiovisual systems. Bers’ performances use salvaged scientific apparatus, VHS-era editing machines, surveillance equipment, and military surplus devices as tools to generate both sound and video in real-time.
Bers has performed and exhibited at Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), The New Digital Art Biennale (Ghent), Vector Hack (Zagreb, Ljubljana), Hack’N’Act (Modena, Ferrara), La Lumière (Montreal), and in numerous NY cultural institutions, notably, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, La Mama, The Chashama Gala, and the Transient Visions Festival of the Moving Image.

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