Video Sound Art Festival

Daito Manabe: Face Visualizer

Video Sound Art Festival: Daito Manabe – Face Visualizer

MILAN, Italy — Nowadays our lives are increasingly influenced by technology in many different ways as undeniably we live in a digital world! Since the smartphone’s boom in 2007, digital photography, image manipulation, video making and editing have become part of our vocabulary and daily lives. Interface design and software development have made tools, once accessible only to professionals, available to everyone. Within a minute, I can take high resolution photos or make videos, edit them to my pleasure and share them with friends sitting on the other side of the world.

Recently, I visited the Video Sound Art Festival which took place in the beautiful scenery of Castello Sforzesco located in the heart of Milan. This event started three years ago with the goal of finding new spaces to exhibit young talents. The festival focuses on the implementation of new technologies in the art field and proposes a multi-disciplinary dialogue, spacing from data collection to live performance, from motion graphics to audio and video installations.

Nicolò Parsenziani: La mémoire est perdue - photo

Video Sound Art Festival: Nicolò Parsenziani – La mémoire est perdue

In my opinion, one of the most interesting features of this festival was the art of video mapping that allows to turn objects into a display surface for video projection. By using specialised software, a two or three dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual programme which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. The video is usually combined with music to create an audio-visual narrative.

Among the artists of this edition was Aaron Koblin, Google Data Arts Team Director. Some of his web art projects and interactive installations are already on display at the MOMA in New York, the V&A in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In this exhibition he showed a virtual and interactive map of the flights operating over North America in a lapse of time.

Another interesting contribution was made by Daito Manabe, a Japanese programmer who applies technological innovation to the possibilities of the human body, through the combination of physical performances and the Dance Theatre. In Milan, Daito showed a video with some reactions of some people to soft electrical pulses that seemed a dance combined with a soundtrack. His “face-performance” called Face Visualizer, Instrument and Copy has been exhibited in about 30 festivals of music art and cinema worldwide like the Sonar Festival in Barcelona and the Transmediale in Berlin.

Cristian Acquaro: S1 - style frame

Video Sound Art Festival: Cristian Acquaro -S1

This year we had lots of programmers with a high technical knowledge who starting from that they have been able to combine the most technical part with the creative one. I think it is very interesting to see how their works contain a mix of skills software, graphic, visual, mathematics and artistic, stated Laura Lamonea, Founder & Art and Creative Director.

In order to give an opportunity also to young talents, Video Sound Art launched a new open call to award the excellence of contemporary visual culture. The winner of this edition was Alessio Ballerini with a video called Nature and its transfiguration out of sync.

This has been a great opportunity to get people closer to projects that favour young generations, opening the doors to technological innovation in the art field and igniting the naturals sharing of skills, emotions and experiences of the future.

The Video Sound Art Festival has offered ten days of creative contamination and dialogue between different languages ​​with live performance, sound design and workshops. What a Festival!

Video Sound Art Festival: Ced Pakusevskij

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