404.zero

404.zero (RU)

This accomplished and ever-ambitious duo of A/V architects and toolmakers cook up mind-altering experiences in generative art that require expertise in math, coding and the science of sound. By creating metastasizing digital matter of frighteningly porous frontiers exclusively through TouchDesigner and modular gear, they push back the limits of a footage and sample-free language that is opulent and breathtakingly singular. Taking as starting points their most irrepressible fascinations with death, the unknown and the cosmos, they craft thrilling, precise, painterly code-art that broaches big philosophical questions and provides mesmerizing though highly speculative answers.

Together, Kristina and Aleksandr create modern generative art and innovative tools that raise the bar on the synergistic possibilities of visuals and sound. Media artist Kristina has been integrating multidimensional features, performers and theatrical acts to her A/V exploits since 2015. She was nominated for the Cannes-affiliated Future Lions the following year. Aleksandr co-founded the Tundra collective, which produces large-scale A/V installations. Since meeting at Moscow’s Mars Contemporary Art Centre in 2016, they’ve collaborated on a slew of immersive affairs, starting with a live performance with English composer Greg Haines at the Moscow Planetarium. Always up for the challenge of conjuring new things—modular music, generative visuals, TouchDesigner tools—their first live A/V performance, Silencio, had them fully customize their own synthesizer toy based on the Axoloti patcher board. Since then, these cross-disciplinary wizards have also created Zerror, an impressively comprehensive and customizable performance tool for TouchDesigner. The duo has thus far upended conventional dogma at festivals and exhibitions in Russia, Indonesia, Europe, the U.S. and Peru, in addition to winning a prize at multimedia art and video mapping festival Genius Loci Weimar.

Given their immaculate rep for shaking up paradigms in modern generative art, it was only a matter of time before these digital diviners brought their modular memories of an opulent and disembodied future to the festival’s A/Visions program. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars: withdraw from consumer culture and head for 404.zero’s melting portal into an uncharted alterna-dimension.

A/Visions 1
MUTEK 2019, montreal

Théâtre Maisonneuve
22/08/2019

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