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post-residency presentation
Adela Prochazkova / Oscar Martin + Irma Nex + Jana Jan
29/03/2019 - 19:00 - free

During this residency Adela Prochazkova has followed up her long term interest in theory of listening and sonority of urban paving. The residency project focused on further conceptual development of Henri Jacobs’ palimpsest paved on the promenade of Molenbeek canal which has been extended by creating sonic palimpsest of Molenbeek district with the aim to portray the multi-layered testimony written in local paving over time. Pavements and roads mediate the only essential physical contact of a person and a city and serve as a platform for sound events happening on their surface. Materials used for their surface reflect the aesthetic and material preferences of different epochs and sites, cobbles speak of the geological surroundings of the area and paving has the ability to form cultural heritage of city. Stone, as a natural material which has been used for paving since Ancient Egypt, is also an important cultural phenomenon accompanying the everyday life of a person with significant place in language, art, spirituality and imagination. Through historical and empirical research, recordings and statements of local community members the sonic ambiance of Molenbeek shaped by local paving was during the residency investigated and documented.


During the residence period Oscar Martin has been working on a new prototype of the installation BSM/NHC bionic sound machine – non human composer. > read more

The starting point of the installation it is to create a bio artificial ecosystem that evolves symbiotically, generating a non-human sound composer. The bio machine proposes an alliance between “intelligence” of a different nature, a chimeric device consisting of a biological pseudo intelligence (Physarum polycephalum) and an artificial pseudo-intelligence based on genetic algorithms. In a situation of exchange and mutual influence in their evolution the bio machine allow to discover new emergent behaviours perceptible through lights patterns,sounds and their organization in time. The artists also invites Irma Nex + Jana Jan.

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