FRANCK VIGROUX (music) + ANTOINE SCHMITT (images)
CAROLINE PARK + ASHA TAMIRISA
FRANCK VIGROUX is a composer-performer who works with a very wide range of sounds from electroacoustic to industrial noise, modern composition and experimental electronic music. He has performed and recorded with internationally renowed musicians such as Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), Reinhold Friedl, Elliott Sharp, Joey Baron, Zeena Parkins, and Ars nova ensemble instrumental. Vigroux integrates new media and performing arts. Since 2009 he designs trans-disciplinary shows and collaborates with Compagnie D’autres Cordes, a production agency dedicated to performing arts. Vigroux’s records are published on labels such as DAC Records (France), Leaf Label (UK) Cosmos Rhythmic (Germany), Monotype Rec (Poland).
ANTOINE SCHMITT creates artworks in the form of objects, installations and situations to address the processes of movement in all of their modalities, and question their intrinsic conceptual problematics, of plastic, philosophical or social nature. Heir of kinetic art and cybernetic art, nourished by metaphysical science-fiction, he endlessly interrogates the dynamic interactions between human nature and the nature of reality. Originally programming engineer in human computer relations and artificial intelligence, he places the program, a contemporary artistic material and unique by its active quality, at the core of most of his artworks, to reveal and literally manipulate the forces at stake. Antoine Schmitt has also undertaken an articulation of this approach with more established artistic fields like music, dance, architecture, literature or cinema, and has collaborated with Franck Vigroux, Atau Tanaka, Vincent Epplay, Jean-Jacques Birgé, Delphine Doukhan, K.Danse, Patrice Belin, Don Nino, Cubenx, Alberto Sorbelli, Matthew Bourne… As theoretician, speaker and editor of the gratin.org portal, Antoine Schmitt explores the field of programmed art.
CAROLINE PARKis a composer and sound artist who creates customized software for solo performances, collaborative improvisations, sound installations and studio compositions. Her work explores sonic physicality, silence and volume with a critical and thoughtful approach to technology. She has performed at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, Jordan Hall, Studio Soto, Pioneer Works, New Museum, and the Stone. Her work has been programmed on festivals and conferences including Boston Cyberarts, Musicacoustica Beijing, Deep Listening Conference, and Tone Deaf Festival. Caroline is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic and computer-based art practices. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the MEME program at Brown University and teaches experimental electronic music at the Rhode Island School of Design.
ASHA TAMIRISA is a sound and media artist most interested in audiovisual composition, instruments and interfaces, and gender, race, and technology. Her work has been presented at venues such as the ICA Boston, UnionDocs, The Tank, Spectrum, I-Park Foundation, WomanMade Gallery, and on festivals/series such as Punto Y Raya, OFFoff, Magic Lantern Cinema, the Drone Cinema Film Fest, and Altered States Film Festival. She has released music on Private Chronology and on Pan Y Rosas. She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic / computer based art practices. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Computer Music and Multimedia while pursuing an M.A. in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.
PROXEMIA is electroacoustic composer, electronic musician and multimedia artist José Rivera. He is interested in exploring the intersections of aural and spatial experience. Trained in architecture, his sound practice often incorporates processed field recordings and various musical elements that are used in the shaping of an augmented acoustic reality. His current work is primarily expressed through the disciplines of experimental music, multichannel installation and performance, sound design, acoustic ecology, cartography, art, and architectural design. Recent works have been exhibited at the ICA Boston as part of the Leap Before You Look/Black Mountain College Exhibition, MIT’s List Visual Arts Building, and Le Laboratoire Cambridge. Along with numerous sound projects, performances and collaborations, his fluid body of work also includes an openair performance space for a youth dance and drumming group in rural Ghana.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.