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The Symposium on Creative Technologies was held at the Science Gallery, TCD, on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 14:00 - 19:00.  There were many strands of research teams at Trinity College who are involved in research re creative technologies.  The ATRL had a team there to present in relation to Digital Arts.  Matthew Causey, director of the ATRL invited some of us DAH (Digital Arts Humanities) PhD students to present our research in the Digital Arts slot.

I was one of the presenters as well as Neill O'Dwyer, Sharon Phelan, Aidan Delaney.
Cobi and Emma were providing moral support.
I presented on Visual Music!
There were some really interesting presentations, in particular those from Neil, Sharon and Aidan.

For more information, there is an archive link here:

Pina Bausch - Full Moon - Dance Theatre

Tralier From Vollmond Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch 2010 Next Wave Festival BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Music and the Body - Symposium - Sonorities Festival 2012

The  Two Thousand + TWELVE
<<< International symposium focusing on music and the body >>>  took place in SARC (the Sonic Arts Research Centre) at Queens University, Belfast on Saturday 24th March, 2012.  Running alongside the symposium was the annual week long Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, which again focused on the theme of music and the body.

Music and the Body Symposium
I attended the symposium and attended some of the 'open fader' concerts that were held in the SARC center on the sat (23rd) and sun (24th) March.  It was an incredibly interesting and exciting two days, at the cutting edge of technology, performance, music and the body.  Perhaps it gave me a glimpse into the future. 

The idea that the body can emanate music through technology and to then use that body and in particular its inner workings to create musical material in a performance setting, is wondrous.  For me, it brings a my…

Short Presentation on My PhD Research Topic - Visual Music

For the core module - History of Digital Arts, Matthew Causey and Rod Stoneman asked each of the Digital Arts PhD candidates on the DAH programme to prepare a short presentation on our PhD research topic, key ideas and influences presented on the 20th February 2012 in the ATRL, Trinity College, Dublin.  For this presentation, I prepared a powerpoint presentation on My Research is... Visual Music.

My Research is... Visual Music by Maura McDonnell, PhD candidate, Digital Arts and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin

Slideshow embed of powerpoint slide:
Maura McDonnell - Visual Music Research Topic
View more presentations from webexistential

Marcio Ambrosio - Oups

Marcio Ambrosio - Oups
Interactive Video Installation

"Capturing and tracking camera, animated image integration and projectionCreated in 2007
Oups! was born from the wish to mix new technologies and classic animation in a playful and artistic way.  Each animated sequence has a script and the visitor interacts and transforms himself into an actor of this story.  When the visitor enters in a defined space, a camera records his image and projects it on a screen in front (like a mirror) in real size and time. The visitor sees himself integrated to an animation setting that follow his movements. He founds himself immersed in a creative universe of images and sounds.  The animation sequences that feed this universe are stored in a video library, new animations may be added to enrich the project. Oups! universe is playful and naive, accessible to all publics and ages."

Video embed
Oups! Presentation Updated! from Marcio Ambrosio on Vi…

Architecture - SUBdv - Sonic Design Studio

"Designed as a rehearsal space for the Lee Konitz Nonet and Blue Seven Jazz ensembles, the design for the Sonic Studio rehearsal space was developed using the algorithmic digital modeling technique of geodetic sub-division. The configuration of ceiling acoustic panels produces multi-directional sound reflections from the variably sized and angled surfaces, creating a diffuse sound landscape within the room. These panels were fabricated using computer numerically controlled laser cutting technology. "

CREDITS subdv: Franklin Lee and Anne Save de Beaurecueil
Contractor: Garra Construcoes: Paulo Chang
Acoustic Engineer: Alberto Ranelluchi
Photograph: Rodrigo Schust

SHIRO TAKATANI - La Chambre claire

La Chambre claire © Shiro Takatani (Japan, 2008)
Performance at the Biwako Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Shiga, Japan, 2010.

Youtube Embed

Internet Umbrella


This is so clever - what a wonderful idea to create an internet umbrella.

"Pileus is an umbrella connected to the Internet to make walking in rainy days fun. Pileus has a large screen on the top surface, a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass. The current prototype has two main functions: photo-sharing and 3D map navigation.
The photo function is connected to a major web service: Flickr API. A user can take photo with a camera on the umbrella, and pictures are uploaded to Flickr in two minutes with context tags via a wireless Internet connection. User can also enjoy theirselves watching photo-streams downloaded from Flickr with simple operation of wrist snapping."

Vimeo Embed Demonstration

Pileus Internet Umbrella from Takashi Matsumoto on Vimeo.
Pileus is the internet umbrella to make rainy days fun! Prod. by T. Matsumoto & S. Hashimoto. from Keio University…

Audio Palimpsest

"Audio palimpsest is an interactive sound-based installation which explores applications of indeterminacy and randomness in an interactive platform. Based on a reconfigured cassette recorder, Audio Palimpsest is meant to be viewed indoors, where upon interaction, it will start recording ambient sounds in the space and playing it back simultaneously. Over time and after multiple interactions, content of the magnetic tape builds up, layering previous recordings thus creating a palimpsest of sound."

 Youtube embed

Luis Buñuel Films

Luis Buñuel Films

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Ensayo de un Crimen)

Youtube - Full Film

The Exterminating Angel

Youtube - Full Film

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Youtube - Full Film

plot descriptions:

Futurism – Movement and Sensation

by Maura McDonnell

Futurism praised and glorified the energy, speed and danger of machines in art.  The futurists had disgust for and rebelled against the 'relics of the past' (interestingly these relics in museums were ok for the old, the disabled and prisoners - people with no future?).  The new beauty was not the old art of the past, such as the sculptor piece 'Victory of Samothrace', but the beauty of speed.

How was something so ephemeral and invisible to the eye as speed to be rendered in painting?
Something invisible but felt?

In the two painting manifestos and in particular the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting, added to the futurist list of statements is the celebration of science - 'victorious science'.  Science could reveal what was hidden in nature and to our vision, x-rays had penetrated the 'opacity' and materiality of the body.  Chronophotography and the time-lapse photography of Eadweard Muybridge

Dumb Type Memorandum

"Dumb Type, the artists´ collective that was founded in 1987 in Kyoto is almost unparalleled in its fusion of the body and new media. Both artists and audience are transported to border zones of perception between life and death, inner and outer, image and reality. The group asks the question posed by many Performers in East Asia: is the body a projection space for social, economic and political processes which are written into every individual? Or is the body the last core of resistance of archaically anchored identity in a culture?"



Ballet triadico 1970

Reconstruction of Ballet Tradico from the Margarete Hastings sketches.

Part 1

Part 2

A very interesting website (in French) - an online research website of the work of Oskar Schlemmer at:

A really interesting seminar - Rerunning Ballet Tradico Seminar "the seminar is intended as a space for reflection on the creation stage, particularly on what some call "broad-ranging dance reconstruction" and that we are more interested in the processes that determine results, we have called "rerunning" a term that assumes more open as interpreter of anyone who wants to rerun a past stage work."

Oskar Schlemmer Drawings:
Useful links and resources

Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 6

Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 6
On the Structural Use of Sound
 Robert Bresson - on his own film practice said,

"sound, because of its greater realism, is infinitely more evocative than an image, which is essentially only a stylization of visual reality. "A sound always evokes an image; an image never evokes a sound...that he replaces an image with a sound whenever possible, thus remaining completely faithful to the principle of maximum bareness and spareness underlying his creative method." (p90)

Gregory Markopoulos - Twice a Man

Gregory Markopoulos - Sorrows

Agnes Varda's La Pointe course 
Part 1

Orson Welles in his Othello (1952) 
- Part 1

Mizoguchi's The Crucified Lovers Part 7/7

Mizoguchi's The Crucified Lovers


Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 4

Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 4 - The Repertory of Simple Structures

EXAMPLES Alain Resnais - Marienbad (1961)

Partial Opening scene excerpt with english subtitles
Full film youtube link:

See also information at criterion collection - also short excerpt
Filmmakers listed L'Herbier, Gregory Markopoulos, Eisenstein, Romm - Boule de suif, Germaine Duluc, Jean Epstein, Abel Gance, Marcel L'Herbier
L'Herbier - El Dorado sharp focus v soft focus
Eisenstein, Dovzhenko, Romm, Boris Barnett
Yasujiro Ozu - The Only Son Excerpt
see also: Excerpt

Alain Resnais - Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
Georges Melies - Le voyage dans la lune (1902) - hand coloured
Le papillon fantastique (1909) - Georges Méliès
Abel Gance Napolean Excerpts with commentary
Three screen excerpt youtube
Resnais - Night and Fog Part 1/3 excerpt Part 2/3:

Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 3

Chapter 3 - Editing as a Plastic Art

Films and filmmakers dicussed in chapter 3

Sergei Eisenstein - The Battleship Potemkin - Odessa Steps sequence

Sergei Eisenstein - The General Line - Religious Procession scene

Sergei Eisenstein - Ivan the Terrible 

Cubism Artist: Juan Gris

Godard's Breathless

Rouben Mamoulia Applause (1929)

Bresson Pickpocket 

AntonioniLa Notte

Orson Welles Othello

Filmmakers references: 

Sam Fuller's films, Abel Gance, Germaine Dulac, Jean Epstein, Marcel L'Herbie, Godard, Resnais, 
Hanoun, Juan-Antonio Bardem

Michael Cacovannis
Woman in Black, 1956, by Michael Cacoyannis


Akira Kurosawa High and Low (1963) - Excerpt

Mikhail Romm Boule de suif  (1934) - Excerpt


Peter Kogler - Installation - Vienna

Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2010

View video excerpt on his website at:

"Kogler's oeuvre is dominated by the increasing virtualization of our living space. His main motif is the ant, with its symmetrical ornamental body in its organized labyrinth-living."

 Youtube embed of Schirn Kunsthalle

"The Austrian multimedia artist Peter Kogler is a pioneer computer-generated art. With an impressive 360-degree multi-projection of the two-time documenta participant in the Schirn creates an illusionistic space by 12 projectors who commandeers the viewer completely. Lines of a uniform grid lose their fixed coordinates and stretch out into a play of amor-pher figures. All elements are projected in a per-manent transformation of their specific structure and bring the room to vibrate visually. In the vibration of the room sound mix elements of sound artist Franz Pomassl. The sound produced by home-made ​​devices and instrument…

Rod Maclachlan - Aftertime

Rod Maclachlan - live visuals for music performance

stunning, dramatic visuals

Aftertime ~ Roly Porter with Cynthia Miller. Visuals by Rod Maclachlan. Live at Faster Than Sound from Rod Maclachlan on Vimeo.

"A edited excerpt from a live performance of Aftertime the debut album from Roly Porter (Vex'd) featuring Cynthia Miller on Ondes Martenot. Filmed at The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings as part of Faster Than Sound, 29/10/11. Visuals conjured live by Rod Maclachlan using cameras focused on plants, smoke, rotating coal along with sound reactive dust shaker and dark water contraptions. Video feedback created using video mixers."
vimeo description:

Enchanted Forest - Animated Wallpaper Installation

Enchanted Forest
What a really interesting project - An animated wallpaper installation.
A collaboration between surface designer Natasha Lawless and Antivj label visual artist Joanie Lemercier.

View on Vimeo

The Enchanted Forest from Natasha Lawless Design on Vimeo.

Information from website:

"This is a prototype for an animated wallpaper installation as part of Natasha's ongoing 'Captivate Project' in collaboration with Joanie Lemercier. The piece is inspired by Natasha's favourite Grimm’s fairy tale, ‘The shoes that were danced into holes’ which tells the tale of twelve sisters who descend each night to the underworld, to dance amongst avenues of trees with silver, gold and diamond leaves. 

Designed as a full four-way repeat and intended for a large scale setting, 'The Enchanted Forest' captivates the viewer, creating a meditative atmosphere, as the forest of diamond leaves lights up, as if by magic. The work is a dialogue between illusion and reality. It…

Staub Leben - Live reactive environment.

Arístides García Staub Leben - Live reactive environment This is quite incredible - in its drama, and visual impact and performance.
 Staub Leben Vimeo Link

Staub Leben from lasal on Vimeo.
Credits for project on vimeo link

 "UdK Berlin, Intermediales Bewegungslabor. Campus-Kollision, Januar 2012, HZT-Uferstudios. Prof. Nik Haffner: Projektleitung. Arístides García: Projektleitung, Konzept, Programmierung. Nikola Pieper: Technische Leitung. Körper: Emilia Pfohl, Marine Bertrand, Hanne Müller, Marieke Hohberge, Swann Nowak. Juan Gabriel Harcha : Tanzer. Hannes Mück : Kamera."

Arístides García - website link