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 Seismik, Dust, Inject and Aftershock, landing at museums, festivals and less likely locales.
After a metal rod pierced his skull in an accident, Kolgen embarked on his newest project, Impakt, exploring reactions to shock, to harmless objects that can nevertheless harm our permeable bodies, and whether violence can be transcended into the sublime. In playing with the limits of ballistics – imposing weapons, target-striking projectiles – his MUTEK-specific performance moves well beyond the brutal into perceptions of time and bodily movement, placing artist and audience within an unsparing realm of pure data transmission and virtual projections, a space where destruction is ultimately diverted, suspended, made poetic.