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NSI (Non-Standard Institute) is the brainchild of Tobias Freund – who also performs solo as tobias. at this year’s edition – and Max Loderbauer, formerly one half of Sun Electric, the experimental duo who were instrumental in advancing the cause of home-listening electronics in the 90s.
NSI captures something of the adventurous home-listening techno qualities that Sun Electric mined in the last decade, but brings along practically all the innovations that have changed the genre over the years. Beginning in 2005, NSI delivered an inimitable, uncompromised style of improvisational minimalism that pitted them somewhere between the bone-dry industrial style of Pan Sonic and the otherworldly, arrhythmic atmospherics of Europe’s dark-ambient past.
In 2007 they issued the album Non-Standard Institute Plays Non-Standards (Sähkö), which helped reintroduce these two veterans to a new generation of admirers and artists looking for inspiration of a non-standard nature.
On the visual front, NSI will be accompanied by longtime collaborator Jimmy Lakatos. A technical consultant for the first editions of MUTEK, Lakatos is today considered a videographer who operates on an international scale. He transposes his artistic preoccupations into wilfully precarious visuals, striking an equilibrium that results in a language at once personal and unique.
Co-founder and president of Geodezik, he specializes in multi-media design, video production, and the development of video systems for the stage, public events, and permanent installations. His extensive experience in professional direction give him a unique perspective in the arts world and on the social impact of digital technology.
For this collaboration with NSI, Lakatos will be adapting on a project begun this past winter for the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City. The concept revolves around the diffraction of light on reflective materials in real time, the results of which are at once suprising and fluid.