RECOGNIZED FOR HIS MULTIMEDIA CREATIONS FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS, HERMAN KOLGEN IS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST WHO LIVES AND WORKS IN MONTREAL. A TRUE AUDIOCINETIC SCULPTOR, HE DRAWS HIS PRIMARY MATERIAL FROM THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOUND AND IMAGE. KOLGEN WORKS TO CREATE OBJECTS THAT ASSUME THE FORM OF INSTALLATIONS, VIDEO AND FILM WORKS, PERFORMANCES AND SOUND SCULPTURES. CONSTANTLY EXPLORING, HE WORKS AT THE JUNCTURES OF DIFFERENT MEDIA, AS WELL AS ELABORATING A NEW TECHNICAL LANGUAGE AND SINGULAR AESTHETIC. HIS MULTIFACETED WORK IS, ABOVE ALL, CHARACTERIZED BY A RADIOGRAPHIC APPROACH TO NEUROSENSORY IMPRINTS AND STIMULI. IT’S THIS X-RAY EFFECT, WITH ITS IMMATERIAL QUALITY, WHICH ALLOWS THE INVISIBLE TO BE SEEN: THE INTERNAL INTENSITY OF SENSITIVE REACTIONS. INSPIRED BY THIS TENSION, AS BRUTAL AS IT IS FRAGILE, HE CONSTRUCTS RECURRENT NARRATIVE FISSIONS IN WHICH TEMPORAL FRICTION CONSTITUTES THE EPICENTER OF HIS WORK. IN CONTRAST, THE NOTION OF THE ORGANIC IS AT THE CORE OF HIS CONCEPTUAL PREOCCUPATIONS. COMBINED AND ASSOCIATED WITH THE DIGITAL AND THE ELECTRONIC ACROSS A WORK OF EXTREME SENSITIVITY, THE LATTER IS THEN DIVERTED TOWARDS HYBRID AND INDETERMINATE FORMS. HIS INSTALLATION PRACTICE EQUALLY INTEGRATES A VITAL WORK OF SPATIALISATION, NOTABLY REGARDING THE ASPECT OF SOUND. THE CREATION AND USE OF RANDOM SYSTEMS OF AUTOGENERATIVE IMAGE/SOUND ALSO ALLOWS THE CREATION OF AUDIOPHONIC SPACES MARKED BY THEIR IMMERSIVE QUALITY. NOTABLE ALSO ARE HERMAN KOLGEN’S NUMEROUS COLLABORATIONS WITH FELLOW AUDIO ARTISTS AND ELECTRONIC/ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC COMPOSERS (TAYLOR DEUPREE, AGF, SAWAKO, AKIRA RABELAIS, ETC). FROM 1996 TO 2008, HERMAN KOLGEN HAS DEDICATED THE MAJORITY OF HIS TIME TO THE DUO SKOLTZ_KOLGEN. HIS CREATIONS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED AT RENOWNED FESTIVALS AND EVENTS, SUCH AS: BERLIN TRANSMEDIALE, DE _ ISEA 2004, (FINLAND-ESTONIA) _ VENICE BIENNALE, IT _ ARS ELECTRONICA, AT _ SONIC ACTS, NL _ CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, FR _ CIMATICS, BE _ DISSONANZE, IT _ MUTEK, MTL, MX _ ELEKTRA, MTL _ SONAR, ES _ TAPEI DIGITAL ARTS, CN _ SHANGHAI EARTS, CN. IN ADDITION TO HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE VENICE BIENNALE IN 2006, HERMAN KOLGEN IS THE RECIPIENT OF NUMEROUS PRESTIGIOUS PRIZES, INCLUDING QWARTZ, ARS ELECTRONICA, THE FESTIVAL NOUVEAU CINEMA NOUVEAUX MÉDIAS DE MONTRÉAL, THE BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM AWARD FROM THE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, AND THE PRIX DU CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL FROM THE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL VIDÉOFORME DE CLERMONT-FERRAND (FRANCE).
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.
Vitrine Place-des-arts 03/06/2012
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.