Artists: HOL

LPM Live Performers Meeting 2013 Rome
Edition XIII May 23rd - 26th 2013 | Rome
Audio Visual Performing Artists Meeting
May, 23rd 2013, 3:00 pm | May, 27th 2013, 4:00 am
May 23 - 26, 2013
Brancaleone, Rome Italy, Rome, Italy

HOL

HOL

Brazil Belo Horizonte

Brazil, Belo Horizonte
HOL, a project created in the beginning of 2008 by the transmedia artist Henrique Roscoe (aka 1mpar), intends to mix contemporary art, live audiovisual performances, digital art and the construction of custom-made interfaces and instruments.

The project plays out in the form of live audiovisual performances. Initially, a concept is created and, out of it, all the sound and image elements are developed in order to show emotions and sensations about the chosen theme. This narrative happens in a different way from traditional cinema and video, by the fact that it is performed live, taking a new form in each presentation, besides using abstract shapes to create metaphors of the real world. These analogies are made using the fundamental elements of the image that, through its colors, shapes and movements suggest sensations that will give the spectator ways to understand the poetics of each composition. The use of these elements is based on the studies of the Russian artists Malevich and Kandinsky. Both believed in the power of fundamental elements of image in the construction of personal narratives. Malevich, with his Suprematism, emphasized the intrinsic power of shapes and Kandinsky sought, through his work, extend painting through the suggestion of movement and the use of musical elements in his works (exemplified in titles borrowed from musical terms as Fugue, Improvisation, etc.).

HOL is a high technology project, and at the same time, it uses traditional elements of modern and contemporary art. It has its influence from an art field called visual music where sound and image elements, synchronized, create a seamless narrative in which musical elements such as rhythm, harmony, etc, are translated into the visual field. The project is influenced by pioneering artists in this area like Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren and, more recently, Alva Noto, Ryoji Ikeda, among others. However, HOL adds to the purely aesthetic focus – common to this type of work – the conceptual question, inserting reflective and critical elements about each theme.

Another important feature of the project is the creation of all programming of each performance from modular and generative software as vvvv and max / msp, allowing complete customization of what will be played live, both in sound and image. It would be something like creating a new software for each part of each presentation. Moreover, the random issue, widely used in the musical works by John Cage for example, plays an important role in determining paths that are not fully controlled by the artist. This procedure allows an expansion to infinity of possibilities to play each performance. Thus, each piece is unique and happens differently every presentation, though it always stays loyal to its theme.

Taking the concept of personalization to a higher level, the project goes further by also creating its own instruments, some of them allowing a complete separation from the computer and enabling the implementation of an audiovisual live performance using fully autonomous instruments created and programmed by the artist.

Festivals and exhibitions

2012
Sónar Pro – Brazil
Festival Interarte – Brazil
Não Onda – Brazil

2011
Hacklab Bahia – Brazil
Festival Cultura Digital – Brazil
Festival Amplitude – Brazil
Festival Instante – Brazil
roBOt Festival – Italy
Live Cinema – RJ/SP/Brazil
AVLAB – SP/Brazil
Kino lounge / MIS – SP/Brazil
ZIP – BH/Brazil
Sismógrafo – BH/Brazil
Residência Marginalia Lab – BH/Brazil

2010
Multiplicidade – RJ/Brazil
Circuito SESC de Artes – SP/Brazil
Festival Contato – SP/Brazil
FAD – Festival de Arte Digital – MG/Brazil
Jornada Brasileira de Imagens ao Vivo – CE/Brazil
VJ Torna Brasil – SP/Brazil
Video Ataq – RJ/Brazil
Festival Depois das Fronteiras – DF/Brazil
Mapping Festival – Swiss
Re-new – Dennmark
Live Performers Meeting – Italy

2009
Generative Arts – Italy
Kunstfilmtag – Germany
Giguk Videoart Festival – Germany
Dialectos Digitales – Bolívia
Espacio Enter – Spain
ON_OFF Festival – Brazil
One minute Festival – Swiss
Siana – Semana Internacional de Artes Digitais e Alternativas – Brazil
Images contre nature – France
Art Basel / Artport Cool Stories – Swiss
Palazzo Barberini – Italy
Athens Video Art – Greece
Computational Aesthetics – Canada
Human Emotion Project – Spain
Celebrar Brasília – Brazil
VisualBrasil – Spain

2008
Mostra Nacional de Live Cinema – Brazil
Festival PerroLoco – Brazil
FILE – Festival Internacional da linguagem eletrônica (2008) – Brazil

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