[ STEIM ] STEIM Hotpot Lab #1

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STEIM Hotpot Lab #1

Kyle Lapidus (LoVid)
Bert Bongers
Cathy van Eck

Wednesday, Jan 27 2009
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Door open: 20:00 hrs.
Charge: Free

STEIM Hotpot Lab is a new series of events that mixes presentations,  
performances and workshops. For the first edition we will have artist  
talks by Kyle Lapidus: one half of video performing and instrument  
building duo LoVid, and by Bert Bongers: interactive instrument  
builder and professor now residing in Sydney. We will also have a  
short performance of in Blik - a performative sound installation for  
five tin can towers, by composer and sound artist Cathy van Eck.


LoVid is an interdisciplinary artist duo composed of Tali Hinkis and  
Kyle Lapidus. Their work includes live video installations,  
sculptures, digital prints, patchworks, media projects, performances,  
and video recordings. They combine many opposing elements in their  
work, contrasting hard electronics with soft patchworks, analog and  
digital, or handmade and machine produced objects. This  
multidirectional approach is also reflected in the content of their  
work: romantic and aggressive, wireless and wire-full. They are  
interested in the ways in which the human body and mind observe,  
process, and respond to both natural and technological environments,  
and in the preservation of data, signals, and memory. http://www.lovid.org

Cathy van Eck (1979 The Netherlands/Belgium) is a composer and sound  
artist. Her work includes compositions for instruments and live- 
electronics, as well as performances with sound objects, which she  
often designs herself. She studied composition and electronic music at  
the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at the University of the Arts  
in Berlin. She attended several courses, among them Centre Acanthes  
2000 in Avignon, the summer course for composition and computer music  
at IRCAM in Paris and the composition course at Schloss Solitude in  
She performs her works regularly during festivals like Gaudeamus  
Festival in Amsterdam, TRANSIT in Leuven, NYCEMF in New York, SPARK  
Festival in Minneapolis, Klangwerkstatt in Berlin, Performance  
Festival Der Längste Tag in Zurich, Hapzura Digital Art in Israel,  
Avantgarde Schwaz in Austria and Spaziomusica in Italy.
She is currently doing a doctoral degree at the Orpheusinstitute in  
Ghent and University of Leiden in the DocARTES Program, her  
dissertation subject is Loudspeakers and Microphones as Musical  
Instruments. Her supervising professors are Richard Barrett and Frans  
de Ruiter. Since March 2007 she has a teaching position at the  
department for music and media arts of the University of the Arts in  
Bern, Switzerland. http://cathyvaneck.net/

Bert Bongers is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Design,  
Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney, where he  
has set up the Interactivation Studio - a new Lab for research and  
design of interactivated environments, interfaces and instruments.

The aim of his work is to create solutions for what he calls the  
"Human-Computer Mismatch", to enable a better communication between  
the two virtual worlds or domains - the human mind and the computer  
programs. These worlds meet, and interact, in physical space and  
therefore an interface artefact should enable a rich, physical,  
multiple degree-of-freedom computer input (control) and multimodal  
output (feedback) to intensely address the human senses. Haptic  
interaction has been a central notion in his work. For nearly twenty  
years he has researched the interaction of artists and others who want  
to convey their ideas through using computers. By actually building  
interfaces, from electronic musical instruments to interactive  
architectural spaces, he has proven that it is possible to create very  
sensitive devices with relatively low cost sensors, actuators and  
other hardware. It enables users to reach inside of the machine to  
take back the control, to make the processes in virtual space  
malleable through physical interaction.

He has a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering, an MSc.  
degree in Ergonomics / Human - Computer Interaction from UCL London,  
and a PhD in HCI from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He worked as  
an instrument builder with STEIM (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental  
Music) in Amsterdam and at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, as  
a technical manager and professor at the Rijksakademie (the post  
graduate artist in residence academy) in Amsterdam, as a researcher on  
haptic interfaces and multimodal representation for multimedia home  
systems and networks at Philips Corporation, NL, as a researcher on  
novel interfaces for motion-impaired computer users at the University  
of Cambridge, England, and worked with the architectural offices of  
NOX and ONL on the interactivation of spaces. Bert has lectured and  
published about his work, including books and book chapters. As a  
consultant he worked on interactive technology for projects such as an  
opera at ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Media-House project of the Metapolis  
group of architects in Barcelona. More here.


Call for Handmade Music Amsterdam! Feb 17, 2010
For the next Hotpot Lab we will be inviting Peter Kern from  
createdigitalmusic and will host a Handmade Music event. We would like  
to invite instrument builders, hackers and tinkerers to show their  
invention and self-built instruments. Send us an email if you want to  

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