[Jul 24] Artist’s Guide to Useful Technology in Berlin at Transart Institute

To introduce Transart Students to the Harvestworks Certificate Program, Dafna Naphtali & Hans Tammen will present Harvestworks’ “Artist’s Guide to Useful Technology in Berlin, an ongoing project of workshops, performances, symposia, consultations, tutorials and problem-solving forums presented at art and music centers to demonstrate Interactive Art. TRANSART INSTITUTE in partnership with Harvestworks is offering up to one semester of advanced standing to you if you completed the Harvestworks Certificate Program and wish to embark on their MFA in Fine Art and New Media. 

Artist’s Guide to Useful Technology
July 24, 18:00, Tanzfabrik, Berlin

As art becomes more dependent on technology, a thorough understanding of both the possibilities and implementations becomes increasingly important for artists in all fields to realize their vision. This presentation will be of interest for artists who wish to make extensive use of technology in their projects, e.g. immersive environments, augmented reality, sensors, audio, video, Max/MSP/Jitter, etc. Hans Tammen and Dafna Naphtali of Harvestwork’s presentation will include Max/MSP/Jitter, a program that provides real-time video, 3-D, and matrix processing capability for live interactive performances and installations. Topics covered will include: project case studies, technical approach and project management; live sound processing & V-J software instruments, with in-depth discussion of artistic implications.

Dafna Naphtali is a electronic-musician/performer/singer/composer from an eclectic musical background (jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music). Since the mid-90’s she composes/performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music using her custom Max/MSP programming for live sound processing of her voice and other instruments, and also interprets the work of Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers. With her large variety of projects with well regarded musicians in the US, Europe and India, she has received awards from NYFA, NYSCA, Franklin Furnace, American Composers Forum, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and American Music Center, and recorded several CDs, including “What is it Like to be a Bat?” a digital punk trio with Kitty Brazelton (on Tzadik). Dafna teaches at New York University and Brooklyn College, Harvestworks and privately.

Hans Tammen is responsible for the oversight of all projects related to Max/MSP/Jitter and Physical Computing at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center and manages the education program, the audio, audio postproduction and video studios. He encounters the projects of around 250 clients, students and artists in residence every year. Use of computer technologies is an integral part of his performances and works. He programs a computer for realtime live sound processing and uses his guitar equipped with proximity sensors as a human interface and controller. He specializes in multichannel audio performances, where a single (mono) motif is juxtaposed against a multichannel pattern that surrounds the audience.

Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new works using technology, supporting the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. Harvestworks aims to create an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media; to create a responsive public context for the appreciation of new work by presenting and disseminating the finished works; to advance the art community’s and the public’s “agenda” for the use of technology in art; and to bring together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts collaborating in the use of electronic media. Harvestworks assists with commissions and residencies, production services, education and information programs, and the presentation and distribution of their work.


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