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FeralAIR
at Schmiede Hallein 2019

FeralAIR at Schmiede Hallein 2019

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Welcome to FeralAIR

Our relations to and through digital gadgets are typically mediated by interfaces and computation that induce latency, implicitness and detachment. The feral lab at Schmiede19 makes this all better. Better things that talk back instantly. Things that avoid latencies and implicitness by going analoge. Things that interact at the speed of light.
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Feral Labs Network is a European collective of temporary dislocated hubs for research in art, technology and communities. Our project’s activities include various Artist-In-Residence (AIR) initiatives. The aim of these AIR programmes is to enhance and enable projects between the arts and the maker movement. In September 2019, FeralAIR took place in Hallein, in close cooperation with the international program Schmiede Hallein.
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Antoni Rayzhekov

Antoni Rayzhekov is a media artist, based in Sofia and Vienna. In his current project Boreout he is researching the field of affective computing. In other words: He is trying to make a computer understand the emotional state of its audience.
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To reveal a blurred out picture, the audience has to get really bored. A computer is measuring their brain activities: if the participants are bored enough, the picture gets clear and the accompanying sounds turn into music.

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For Antoni, boredom has very creative, recreational and even political aspects to it. By participating in the installation, people are creativelly "forced" to defocus and self reflect.

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We asked Antoni about his impressions and experiences at FeralAIR 2019 and how his project developed during the residency.

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Chun Shao

In her project, artist Chun Shao explores the relationship between feelings and tactile sensations. Playing with the experience of touch, her project Emotive-textiles presents a series of tangible emotions through a half-traditional and half-digital crafting process.
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Chun's current project derives from another work called HerFinger. Both projects are investigating the various relations between human feelings, textile materials and movement: To create organically moving textures, traditional embroidery stitches, beading, and fabric manipulation techniques are explored and interweaved with electronic actuators.

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Silicon features different degrees of tenderness and forms an uncanny association with the human skin. In her work, Chun reflects on the material and the role it plays in manipulating our own body.

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In her work, Chun is interested in the relationship between individual, society and technology. In this context wearables are particularly interesting. They reference to the absence of the human body.

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APNOA & Rohrmoser

During their FeralAIR residency Claudia Rohrmoser and the artist duo APNOA (Sebastian Drack & Tobias Feldmeier) worked on a project called Apparatus Solitaire, an audiovisual site-specific installation. It was assembled inside the “Verdampferturm” tower, which is part of the former salt plant.
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The installation aimed to create sensorially perceivable intersections between the real-manifested and the virtual-latent anthropogenic environments. A machine learning algorithm, trained with concepts of industrial architecture, was slightly transforming the unique industrial surrounding inside the tower.
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The projection surfaces, placed 5 meters above the audience, were visually exposing phases of the algorithm, as they were genetically intertwined with the architecture. On-site sound recordings were creating a stunning 3-dimensional sound perception. Sound, light and space together were transforming the characteristics of the environment in real-time.
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Video Designer Claudia Rohrmoser was born in Salzburg, Austria. She studied Experimental Media Design at Berlin University of the Arts and Multimedia Arts at the FH Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. Focusing on visual music, her works include animation shorts, documentaries and video scenography. Rohrmoser worked several years as a lecturer in experimental animation at FH Salzburg and as a professor of motion design at the BTK and UE University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Currently she is professor in Digital Media and Experiment at FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.

APNOA is an audiovisual collective, founded by Sebastian Drack and Tobias Feldmeier. The artists aim for forward-thinking ideas and strategies in practice and theory, in order to provide immersive multi-sensory experiences and narratives, presented as audiovisual performances, installations and multimedia productions. Their work is settled in the field of performative interaction and seek for an ambiguous character generating synesthetic correlations whithin the act-theoretical semantics and immediate, aesthetic perception.


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Partners & Credits

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