Franck Vigroux and Antoine Schmitt, artists from Paris, are bringing their collaboration entitled “Chronostasis” to this year’s Recombinant Festival. Held in San Francisco and produced by Recombinant Media Labs (RML), this festival provides a space for the presentation of artworks and performances that are based on spatial media synthesis.
Founded in 1991, RML’s vision is to “research and deploy the cultural qualities and artistic potential” of artists from their nomadic network in their annual event series that showcases international immersive residencies. Artists-in-residence will present their works, along with creative and original works from the RML archives, in the CineChamber, which boasts ten screens to create a surround- screen experience for audiences. This apparatus can be used by creators and innovators to push their creativity to its limits. Vigroux and Schmitt delve into their latest work’s complexities, saying, “Chronostasis state is a cerebral illusion involving the neurons dealing with the immediate prediction of the future and to the listening of music, during which time seems to stop.” Antoine Schmitt’s live visuals of generative video mimic a catastrophic moment during which square pixels explode in various speeds and temporalities. The audiovisual experience is heightened by Franck Vigroux’s expert bending and phasing of music, which introduces electronic noises in addition to drones and chords. This performance artistically uses sound and visuals to play with the properties of time, which abstractly displays how this year’s season of After Tomorrow seeks to discover how the technologies of today are shaping our future.
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