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 7th of November, Friday
Contemporary Art Centre, 21:00

Intro: Vytautas V. Jurgutis 'L7' new work premiere
DIISSC ORCHESTRA works program
3 VJ's


Robert Henke (b. 1969) builds and operates machines that create
sounds, shapes and structures. He is fascinated by the beauty of technical
objects, and developing his own instruments and algorithms is
an integral part of his creative process. His material is computer generated
sound and images, field recordings, photography and light; transformed,
re-arranged and modulated by mathematical rules. Henke’s
work has a particular focus on the exploration of spaces, both virtual
and physical. Many of his works use multiple channels of audio or are
specifically conceived for unique locations and their individual spatial
properties. The results include music on the edge of contemporary club
culture, surround sound concerts, compositions in the tradition of academic
computer music, and audiovisual installations.
His long-term project Monolake is one of the key icons of the electronic
club music culture emerging in Berlin after the Wall fell. Henke is also one
of the main creators of the popular music software Ableton Live, which
completely redefined the performance practice of electronic music.
His work has been presented at Tate Modern, London, the Centre Pompidou
in Paris, Le Lieu Unique Nantes, PS-1 New York, MUDAM Luxembourg,
MAK Vienna, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia,
and on countless festivals.
He writes and lectures about sound and the creative use of computers,
and held teaching positions at the Berlin University of the Arts, the
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford
University, and the Studio National des Arts Contemporains – Le
Fresnoy in Lille, France.
Lumière (2013) is an immersive multi sensory experience, exploring
the limits and possibilities of a commonly underrated medium. Powerful
lasers draw rapid successions of morphing shapes and connected
points in space whilst musical events provide a syncopated rhythmical
counterpoint. Precise geometric figures are contrasted with floating organic structures, the archaic sign language of an alien culture
communicating via traces of extremely bright light. Massive and overwhelming at times, fragile and delicate at others.
Lumière is not a pre-rendered screening but a highly improvisational performance on the edge of concert and visual arts, driven by a constantly refined piece of software written by the artist himself specifically
for this project. Lumière is an ongoing work in progress with
every performance representing a unique snapshot of the current
state, adapted to work best in a given performance space.
The title Lumière simply means light in French but also refers to the
pioneers of early cinema, Auguste and Louis Lumière.
Lumière premiered at Unsound Festival 2013 in Krakow and has been
touring Japan, Europe, the USA and Canada, including festivals and
venues like CTM/transmediale Berlin, FutureEverything Manchester,
Donaufestival Austria, Elektra/MUTEK Montréal, Digital Revolution at
the Barbican London, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels and The Rest Is
Noise at Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam.



Vytautas V. Jurgutis 'L7' new work premiere

DIISSC Orchestra presents a program of recent compositions enriched with new musical elements, sounds and interpretations.

Video projections for today’s Intro are created by three artists Eglė
Eigirdaitė, Akvilė Anglickaitė and Agnė Matulevičiūtė, the VJ group
that got together for this performance. The visual interpretation
doesn’t follow the sound waves strictly, but forms a polylogue with
music. While the mixed expressions of visual techniques develop, the
listener immerses into cheerful mass of sound and image.