Herman Kolgen (CA)

NOCTURNE 2
MUTEK 2016, montreal

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) 03/06/2016

WHO: Montréal-based multimedia artist Herman Kolgen
STYLE: Investigations into the synergy of sight and sound, powerfully emotional and physically affecting audiovisual installations
LATEST WORK: Seismik, Eotone, Aftershock
LABELS: MUTEK_REC, Line
MORE: Kolgen performs a new version of his earth shaking Seismik with new devices that provoke new outcomes
MUTEKs: Montréal: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, Spain: 2015, Mexico: 2013. As Skoltz_Kolgen – Montréal: 2012, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, Mexico: 2007, 2005, Micro_MUTEK Montréal: 2004 MUTEK ARCHI_TEXTURE Montréal: 2003

Herman Kolgen’s high tech audiovisual installations render the invisible visible, through radiographic detection and data. Though his projects have conceptual concerns, they all remain physically tangible, pushing sonic boundaries into body vibrating territory and altering visual perceptions, playing on notions of physical, cerebral and emotional tension.

The internationally renowned, multifaceted artist has been modelling “audiocinetic” sculptures for over 20 years. His installation pieces boast a hybrid technical language and a singular, immaterial aesthetic, sitting at the juncture of many artistic practices. From 1996 to 2008, Kolgen dedicated the majority of his immersive practice to the Skoltz_Kolgen duo, performing at prestigious international events such as Berlin’s Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, Austria’s Ars Electronica, and multiple appearances at MUTEK. He’s also traveled the world with his work, including with ongoing projects Dust, Inject and Aftershock, landing at museums, festivals and less likely locales.

Kolgen’s tension-charged performance Seismik taps into seismic waves, frictional resistance and the Earth’s tremor related phenomena in real-time. He developed software that picks up on magnetic fields and seismic activity, in turn generating abstracted sound and dramatic visual motifs, such as vertical through lines to explore strains and fractures. His new version of Seismik, made specifically for this year’s MUTEK, marks a major upgrade to the real-time connectivity and reactivity with seismographs, adds a geophone device that analyzes vibrations in the room and is connected to seismographs on the other side of the planet, and elaborates on the data interface, audio, imaging and open frameworks. The result is said to shake body and soul.

PLAY 2
MUTEK 2015, montreal

30/05/2015

Internationally renowned, multifaceted multimedia artist, Herman Kolgen, has been modeling sumptuous ‘audiocinetic’ sculptures for over twenty years. The Montréal-based sight and sound virtuoso, continually hatches new conceptual approaches to celebrate the powerful synergy (and intimacy) at the heart of his audiovisual works. His installation pieces boast a hybrid technical language and a singular, immaterial aesthetic, sitting at the juncture of many artistic practices. From 1996 to 2008, Kolgen dedicated the majority of his immersive practice to the Skoltz_Kolgen duo, performing at prestigious international events such as Berlin’s Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, Austria’s Ars Electronica, and multiple appearances at MUTEK. At recent editions of the festival, he has presented the sweeping multisensory trip Train Fragments (2013) as well as Seismik (2014), a dazzling, tension charged performance that tapped into seismic waves, frictional resistance and the Earth’s tremor related phenomena in real time. This year, Kolgen does the unimaginable: he peels back the curtain on his high wire conceptual coups. With INKUBATOR, the artist shares the raw, minimalist, often unpolished elements of his sonic and visual research, breaking it all up into object oriented modules seldom performed before an audience.

DIGITAL QUÉBEC

British Film Institute 13/03/2015

Herman Kolgen presents Seismik, a dazzling, tension-charged performance that taps into seismic waves, frictional resistance and the Earth’s tremor-related phenomena in real-time.

True to Kolgen’s conceptual preoccupations and radiographic approach, he again renders the invisible visible: he has developed software that picks up on the Earth’s magnetic fields and seismic activity, in turn generating abstracted sound and dramatic visual motifs. (40 min + 12 min).

A/VISIONS 4
MUTEK 2014, montreal

Impérial 31/05/2014

Internationally renowned, multifaceted multimedia artist, Herman Kolgen, has been modeling sumptuous ‘audiocinetic’ sculptures for over twenty years. The Montréal-based sight and sound virtuoso, continually hatches new conceptual approaches to celebrate the powerful synergy (and intimacy) at the heart of his audiovisual works. His installation pieces boast a hybrid technical language and a singular, immaterial aesthetic, sitting at the juncture of many artistic practices. From 1996 to 2008, Kolgen dedicated the majority of his immersive practice to the Skoltz_Kolgen duo, performing at prestigious international events such as Berlin’s Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, Austria’s Ars Electronica, and multiple appearances at both Elektra and MUTEK. After presenting the sweeping multisensory trip Train Fragments at MUTEK last year, Kolgen returns to EM15 with Seismik, a dazzling, tension-charged performance that taps into seismic waves, frictional resistance and the Earth’s tremor-related phenomena in real-time. True to Kolgen’s conceptual preoccupations and radiographic approach, he again renders the invisible visible: he has developed software that picks up on the Earth’s magnetic fields and seismic activity, in turn generating abstracted sound and dramatic visual motifs. As he did with Dust, Inject and Train Fragments, Kolgen plays on notions of physical, cerebral and emotional tension, in this case using the motif of vertical through lines to explore seismic strains and fractures of varying intensities. In more ways than one, Kolgen is the quintessential poster boy of this new Elektra/MUTEK partnership, having taken part in both events since their inception.

A/Visions 2
MUTEK 2013, montreal

Monument-National 30/05/2013

Internationally renowned, multifaceted multimedia artist, Herman Kolgen, has been modeling sumptuous ‘audiocinetic’ sculptures for over twenty years. The Montreal-based sight and sound virtuoso, continually hatches new conceptual approaches to celebrate the powerful synergy (and intimacy) at the heart of his audiovisual works. His installation pieces boast a singular, immaterial aesthetic, sitting at the juncture of many artistic practices. Kolgen has performed at prestigious international events such as Berlin’s Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, Austria’s Ars Electronica and MUTEK. For this year’s festival, Kolgen takes us on a sweeping multisensory trip, entitled, Train Fragments – a live audio-visual experience inspired by Steve Reich’s notoriously difficult string quartet, Different Trains. Performing alongside the Université de Montreal’s Sixtrum percussion ensemble, Kolgen’s improvised exploration of make-believe train fragments rides towards an ambiguous destination, as magnified metal parts and steam engines move in union to the rhythm of the live score.

 

Parcours Numérique
MUTEK 2012, montreal

Vitrine Place-des-arts 03/06/2012

The multidisciplinary artist, audio-cinetic sculptor and MUTEK and ELEKTRA festival staple, Herman Kolgen is renowned worldwide for his digital art creations. He will present MINDWIND, inspired by the tree of knowledge. 
 
Grande bibliothèque de la BAnQ
475 de Maisonneuve Boul. East
Montreal, Canada

 

A/VISIONS 1: Extended Focus

Monument-National 27/05/2009

[WORLD PREMIERE]

A multi-disciplinary artist renowned in Quebec for his media-based creation, Herman Kolgen is a veritable audio-visual sculptor who explores the fringes of how sound and image converge to create otherworldly experience. Kolgen is a veteran of MUTEK who has performed at the festival many times previously as a member of the duo Skoltz_Kolgen, alongside Montreal’s Dominique T. Skoltz.

For this year’s edition, Kolgen offers the world premiere screening of the disarming “IN/JECT” project, which takes its cues from the human art of submersion. When a body is submerged in a cistern, and the pressure of the water exerts multiple neuro-sensory transformations on the nervous system and oxygen depletes, reality is irrevocably altered. This is the space of mind that sets Kolgen on his soundtracking trajectory for what should be one of the most visceral audio-visual at this year’s festival.

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