The 'Intermedia - Common Grounds' course is an experimental practice based research into the cross-media applications of the various aspects of image and sound. The course offers students a platform in which the boundaries and synergy between both their own medium and various forms of presentation are explored. Special attention is given to the common ground between different media and different approaches: analogue, digital, visual, sound, movement, etc. A documented process followed by a performance at the end of this course, should show that the student, supported by the supervisors, is able to investigate, question, explore and transpose his / her music and / or visual language through a personal artistic project into the mediated environment.
Isn’t it obvious to talk about the rhythm of a picture, the power of a form, the dynamic and the composition of a painting, the sound color, a soundscape, the movement
in the music, the movement in a painting, etc. Wether it’s about form and color, sound or movement, basically, we speak the same language. Every notation is a step across the borders of different media, from sound or language to the symbol, the sign. Writing is a translation, a fundamental dialogue between graphical sign and its content. Sound frozen into a symbol until somebody, a musician, a storyteller brings it alive again.
The interdisciplinary cross-campus collaboration unites musicians and visual artists to experiment with multimedia starting from their own practice and to realize an interdisciplinary performance. 'Intermedia - Common Grounds' is an ambitious project. It requires a serious and ongoing effort from all participants.The visual element might be realized in all possible media. Classical drawing-painting, all kinds of techniques are possible: graphic techniques, animation, stop-motion, photo, video, digitally manipulated or not, digitally generated images, live performance, projections, etc. The auditory element might be an existing composition, a new work or an improvisation. The artistic finality can take the form of a rather classical performance, an installation, improvisation, soundtrack, live performance, etc. Collaboration between students is strongly encouraged. The students agree on the process they follow and what the final output will be.
'Intermedia - Common Grounds' is a campus-wide Master Elective at LUCA and is under the guidance of Vincent Caers, Peter Jacquemyn, Jan Pillaert and Klaas Verpoest.
Vincent Caers | http://www.vincentcaers.be
Vincent Caers is percussionist and electronic musician. His main interest lies in interdisciplinary projects combining percussion, live electronics and visual arts. As an artistic researcher, he explores new formats for contemporary percussion performance and their impact on the audience’s experience. Vincent obtained master degree’s in percussion, chamber music and contemporary music performance before becoming research assistant at the LUCA School of Arts. He obtained degrees in electronic music at Ircam and Berkley College of Music. He regularly performs as a freelance musician with different ensembles and orchestras.
Peter Jacquemyn | http://www.jacquemyn.com
On the one hand Peter Jacquemyn is a musician, playing the bass, using his voice, experimenting with different ways of playing together, combining music coming from different cultures, etc. He’s fascinated by a lot of non-western, so-called ethnic music traditions. On the other hand Peter also focuses on other disciplines like visual arts, drawing, sculpture, installations, performance. Being in both worlds has led him to develop an artistic oeuvre of music and visuals on an equal level. Music is more than background, visuals are more than decor.
As a tuba-player Jan Pillaert is always pushing the limits of his instrument. He looks for new approaches in creating sound and interaction through the tuba. This research is enriched by collaborating with a wide range of performers, musicians, dancers, live visuals, installations. In these encounters, the focus is on the instant improvisation and live-creation of interactions.
Klaas Verpoest | http://klaasverpoest.com
Klaas Verpoest, is a Lecturer New Media Design at the Graphic Design department of LUCA Faculty of the Arts, campus St.-Lukas Brussels and a research fellow at the Mediated Environments Research Group | LUCA Intermedia Research Unit.
His artistic oeuvre has its finality on intangible, unstable carriers and mainly in the performing arts. Verpoest is active as a video-performer in numerous multi-modal performances. He is not looking for a concrete visual translation, but combines and confronts the different components, sound, image and movement into a singular generative narrative, which may be seen as an idiosyncratic visual response to the performers.
Geraldo Si | http://www.geraldosi.de Geraldo
Si began his dance career in 1981 with Pantanaliadança, Brazil. In 1990 Si came to Germany to join the Wuppertaler Tanztheater led by Pina Bausch, where he danced as a soloist for four years. In 1996 Si founded x.x.y. theater in Wuppertal and directed several of its productions.
Inspired by the collaboration with Suprapto Suryodarmo, for the past twelve years Geraldo Si has focused most of his work on improvisation and the concept of “growing through movement”. In 2002 he initiated an on going series of events „SichtLaut“. On these performance evening dancers, actors and musicians experiment within the borders of improvisation.
The COMMON GROUNDS course is an experimental practice based research into the cross-media applications of the various aspects of image and sound. The course offers students a platform in which the boundaries and synergy between both their own medium and various forms of presentation are explored. Special attention is given to the common ground between different media and different approaches: analogue, digital, visual, sound, movement, etc. A documented process followed by a performance at the end of this course, should show that the student, supported by the supervisors, is able to investigate, question, explore and transpose his / her music and / or visual language through a personal artistic project into the mediated environment.