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Antoine Schmitt News Jan-Feb 2017

Antoine Schmitt News . See the French Version

Poietic 2017

Poiesis refers to the maturation of the conditions for change, of passage from non-being to being, from noise to sign, from thought to reality. 2017 will be strongly political, among many democratic countries. Let's make it so that the forces of deep change find their way to reality. May 2017 be poietic and politic, but also poetic !

As a good start, the politico-poetic installation City Lights Orchestra will be deployed in the magnifient 1960's buildings "Labourdette" in Marseille. But first, an open workshop intended to build an opensource connected lamp for subliminal social networks will be held at Résonnances FabLab in Marseille. At the same moment, the Time Slip pre-post-political installation will be installed in the Lo Pati museum in Amposta (ES). And then, Tempest will unleash its poietic forces all around the US of A.

Be poietic or die !

Antoine Schmitt
City Lights Orchestra - Visual symphony for city windows



CIty Lights Orchestra

Urban installation 2012

Tours Labourdette, Cours Belsunce, Marseille
29 january 2017, 17h45 - midnight.
Festival Révélations
City lights orchestra is an open visual symphony for the windows of the city. At night, each connected computer illuminates the window of its office, of the home and blinks, pulsates, beats, fades in and out, each according to its own score, but all in rhythm with all the others. The smartphones in the street do the same. Anyone can participate at anytime : the symphony is composed to accept an unlimited number of participants and it never stops. It recomposes itself indefinitely, according to a living score generated from an inital musical DNA. It deals with individuality and globality, complexity and organization, order and chaos. The whole city becomes the orchestra : both spectator and interpret of the symphony that is playing, for the time of an event, of a festival, or permanently. It is a global city experience.
Révélations is proposed within Chroniques - Imaginaires Numériques - Acte 3, a progam by ZINC, Seconde Nature and their parnters, launch event for Future DiverCities. With the support of the European Commission within the program Creative Europe for the project Future DiverCities, of the Conseil Départemental des Bouches du Rhône, of the Région PACA, of the Ville de Marseille.
City Lights Device Workshop - Photo : Jérôme Abel Reso-nance Numérique


City Lights Device Workshop

23 - 28 January
Fablab of Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR)
Workshop - Free

As a prolongation of the installation City Lights Orchestra, and in collaboration with the designer Damien Gernay, we invite the public to create during 6 days, a connected lamp, for social network usage.

Realized by Zinc and Seconde Nature, within the Labs of the european project Future DiverCities, in partnership with Reso-nance Numérique and Videospread.

More info...

Exhibition REAL TIME
Curator : Pau Waelder
Lo Pati Art Center, Amposta (ES)
27 jan > 19 mar 2017
with also Guillem Bayo, Clara Boj y Diego Díaz, Martin John Callanan, Grégory Chatonsky, Thierry Fournier, Varvara Guljajeva i Mar Canet, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Nicolas Maigret, Katie Paterson, Thomson and Craighead, Addie Wagenknecht, Carlo Zanni

On the screen or on a public display, a news ticker constantly displays scrolling textual news, but these news are conjugated at the future tense : “the NASDAQ will drop 4.3 points today”, “A plane crash in Madrid will kill 153 people”, “The Giants will crush the RedSocks 10 to 3”. Apart from the tense of the verbs, all the news are completely true…

TIME SLIP is a visual artwork anchored into philosophical questionings on destiny, its potential pre-written nature or its causal determinism, and in the end, a work on free will in a universe where time and its causality can slip. It confronts the spectator to the control of his own destiny. It is also a work on the motive energy of unpredictability and risk, more and more central in the contemporary world.

TIME SLIP is based on a custom software that feeds from the official news agencies and changes the tense of selected news from near past to near future tense. TIME SLIP is always up to date. It is a programmed generative artwork.

Concert A/V 2012
Franck Vigroux : Live music
Antoine Schmitt : Live video

USA Tour

White Box (NYC, NY) : 1, 2, 3 feb
Le Laboratoire (Cambdrige, MA) : 6 feb
Grey Area (SF, CA) : 8 feb

Just after the big bang, the universe was completely shapeless, filled with matter and energy, but irregularities were born , which became atoms, suns and planets… Within the primitive soup on Earth, indistinct molecules started to group as bacterias, to become life, animals, humans… Tempest recreates the sound and fury of these original maelstroms within which it searches for the origin of form, it looks for other forms.

Audio and visual performance, Tempest associates the analog instruments of Franck Vigroux with the visual algorithms of Antoine Schmitt, to create a real system-universes of pure chaos, that can be seen in the movements of millions of particles and can be heard through the roaring of air. By manipulating the internal forces of this chaos, the performers give birth to audio and visual shapes that develop in time, with more or less stability, more or less evidence.

And still :
• until 24 sept 2017 : Quantic Space Ballet – Exposition Journée de Coïncidence – Plateforme (Paris, FR)

And next :
• the creation of a generative video installation for the new show of Puce Moment (Vivat, Argentières, FR)
• an improvisation session with the poetic and poietic Violaine Lochu and Garth Knox within the OW-AO#4 festival (Le Générateur, Gentilly, FR)
• and more to come...

Installation artist, 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, alone or through collaborations, has 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 portal, Antoine Schmitt explores the field of programmed art.

His work has received several awards in international festivals : transmediale (Berlin, second prize 2007, honorary 2001), Ars Electronica (Linz, second prize 2009), UNESCO International Festival of Video-Dance (Paris, first prize online 2002), Vida 5.0 (Madrid, honorary 2002), CYNETart (Dresden, honorary 2004), medi@terra (Athens, first prize 1999), Interférences (Belfort, first prize 2000), and has been exhibited among others at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), at Sonar (Barcelona), at Ars Electronica (Linz), at the CAC of Sienna (Italy), at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (France), in Nuits Blanches (Paris, Amiens, Metz, Bruxelles and Madrid). It is part of the collections of the Espace Gantner (Bourogne, FR), of the Cube (Issy-Mx, FR), of the Paris Municipal Contemporary Art Fund (FMAC), of the Artphilein (CH), Fraenkel (USA), Meeschaert (FR) foundations...

Antoine Schmitt is represented in Paris by Galerie Charlot, and collaborates with bOssa.