Andreas Broeckmann on Tue, 2 May 2000 14:16:42 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] 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 remembering.

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


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


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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