Alle Beiträge von Laura Skocek

abstracts

2017

 
This collection of „abstracts“ was produced during a month-long stay at the Rimbun Dahan residency in Kuang (Malaysia).
 

They are a direct response to the surroundings and produced with no particular goal in mind other than hone skills and gain knowledge about the place.

 

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Sketches for kinetic sculptures

 

Bat

 

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Study with leaves

 

Tangible

Sketch for reactive (tangible) poetry machine

By putting coins in the pocket of the jacket the pictured text will disappear only to bring forward a new creation of words gradually until it is disappeared again.

 

Otherwise the residency had a strong documentary focus and led to the production of a documentary on the Thaipusam festival: View video

 

Also an interview for an animated documentary on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons was filmed. The film is currently in post-production (in collaboration with IPPNW – International Physicians for the Prohibtion of Nuclear Weapons).

 

Laura Skocek, 2017

citizens

Experimental video

Year: 2015

Duration: 1’40“ // resp. 20“

In „citizens“ temporal and spatial structures around arriving people and playing children dissolve.
The look of the city can be guessed during a brief moment when the temporal axis is shifting and one catches a brief glimpse of one of the buildings.
It is hinted at the ambiguity that these people have to deal with. The scene is situated in a non-defined „city haven“.

Forced Leisure

Interactive hammock, 100x400x100cm

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Year: 2015

Christoph Gruber & Laura Skocek
Techniques: sewn conductive thread, Arduino + vvvv

idea & sound design: Christoph Gruber & Laura Skocek
textile sensor design and installation: Christoph Gruber
electronics and programming (based on Firmata, Arduino and VVVV): Laura Skocek

 

ArticulAction Interview

 

 

Eine Hängematte, Symbol für Freizeit, Entspannung, und sogar Freiheit, wird mit Elementen einer Zwangsjacke konterkariert.
Eingewobene textile Sensoren messen den „Grad der Entspannung“. Bewegungen und Ausbruchsversuche werden an unterschiedlichen Stellen wahrgenommen und in störende Audiosignale umgewandelt, die den Probanden beschallen.

Zeitfenster der Mußemöglickeit werden in unserer Gesellschaft nach dem Vorbild unseres Erwerbslebens verplant und ausgenützt. Es wird dabei stets auf Produktivität abgezielt.
„Forced Leisure“ bietet einen safe space, einen Mußekokon zum Nichtstun. Die interaktive Installation spielt mit dem Imperativ „Entspann dich JETZT!“
Wer sich daran nicht halten kann und aktiv werden möchte, wird schnell und laut daran erinnert, dass jetzt die Zeit zum Entspannen ist.

Der Titel „Forced Leisure“ ist den sogenannten „Leisure Theories“* entlehnt und spielt auf die erzwungene Erwerbslosigkeit an, die vor allem Langzeitarbeitslose betrifft, die am Jobmarkt nur mehr schwer vermittelbar sind, als auch Personen, die von Vornherein vom Erwerbsleben ausgeschlossen werden (Asylsuchende, zum Teil Frauen) oder für die es nur unzureichende Inklusionsmaßnahmen gibt, die eine für sie sinnhafte Beschäftigung ermöglichen (Menschen mit Behinderung).

 

A hammock, a symbol of leisure, relaxation and even freedom, is combined with elements of a straitjacket.
Textile sensors are woven into the fabric and measure the “degree of relaxation”. Movement and attempts of escape are detected in different spots and transformed into audio glitches, which are used to treat the proband.

Time frames for leisure are premeditated in our society, imitating the way we live our work life, thoroughly planned and with the greatest possible efficiency in mind.
“Forced Leisure” offers a safe space, a leisure cocoon for doing nothing. The interactive installation plays with the imperative “Relax NOW!”
A person who does not want to abide to that and who wants to get active, is reminded loudly and immediately that now is the time to relax.

The title “forced leisure” is borrowed from “leisure theories”* and refers to forced unemployment, affecting mostly permanently unemployed persons as well as those that are excluded from working life in the first place (asylum seekers, partly women) or for whom only insufficient measures of inclusion in the job market exist, that would make a meaningful occupation possible for them (people with disabilities).
 

*Rojek, Chris: Capitalism and Leisure Theory. Routledge, 2013.

 

Christoph Gruber / Laura Skocek

 

Special thanks to Schmiede Hallein

Europe I-III

Video Vignettes

 

One Zero One

Year: 2015/2016

A visual poem mapping the moments and stages of waiting at the harbour.
Different situations captured during a 2-month stay in Reykjavik were arranged to measure the dimensions of a space beyond time.

Music: Deepchild – 7 ways to forget

Duration: 3’33“

 

Lithuania – Fragment II

Year: 2014/2016

Fragments of the journey of a researcher investigating the borders of humanity.

Locations: Parnidden Dunes, Nida, Klaipeda
Genre: Science Fiction
Music by: Sergey Cheremisinov – Waves

Duration: 1’55“

 

UPCOMING: Part III – Landlos

 

noise pieces

Reactive sound sculptures

Year: 2015

 

Noise is transformed into the beginning of familiar tunes by pulling and stretching.
A mind map of auditive memory can be discovered beneath a textile surface, the user is acting as a trigger.
The characteristics of the material make the emerging layers of sound subject to constant change, even when the sensing parts of the objects are not touched at the moment.

This is a continuation of the work Noise Rag.

 

 

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Installation sketch

Photos by Stephanie Paine

Woman Yelling at Waves

Performance
Reactive video sculpture
 
Year: 2015

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A woman yelling unintelligible words into the sea.

A staircase.

An interruption of thought.

 

Videos:
Performance documentary 2’55“ – camera by Christoph Gruber
Commercial break – 3 Videos à 12“

Materials: monitor, 2 plinths, Arduino UNO, MPR121 board, capacitance sensing staircase made of ITO plastic and cardboard, acrylic paint, tape, computer

Software: Arduino, vvvv

 
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„Scenery is Dim“ Exhibition Setting @ Sím Gallery, 101 Reykjavik – April 2015

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Noise Rag

dt.: Geräuschfetzen

Interactive object, 2015

Materials: Arduino UNO, Adafruit MP3 shield, conductive yarn, felted wool, speakers, custom made circuit boards, polymorph plastic

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Developed during a residency in Reykjavik, the object is a result of research in interaction techniques and textile sensors.
People were invited to use the object made of felt, elastic and conductive yarn and change the preprogrammed rhythm of the piece.
The title refers to bits of sound that were discovered during the residency.
The piece can be reporgrammed by one or more persons, the resulting rhythms that occur after a while remind of drilling sounds, alarms and low hums and heavy machinery – a sound poem that is constantly reprocessed and subject to change through tearing and reconnecting.
 
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Materials used in the stretch sensors have been inspired by this instructable of push_reset and KOBAKANT
 
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Also see this tutorial on how to connect analog sensors

ephemeral patterns

Premise:

In my artistic work I use physiological rhythms, brain activity measurements during non-tangible states of consciousness, as a basis for the movement of kinetic sculptures. Digital scan works revolve around the transformation of different kinds of movement produced by „natural“ rhythms like canvases moved by wind or sea waves.

During an artist-in-residence stay at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania (March, 2014) natural rhythms in the nearby National Park and in the village of Nida were discovered and used as artistic dataset.

“Ephemeral patterns” were collected, filtered and translated during the time in the colony. They were recorded during moments were perception was either heightened or in a contemplative mode.

Some of them can be sonified with electronic devices producing new patterns, referring to the difficulty or impossibility of measuring mental states or particular feelings and how we only approximate and are not able to depict phenomenons or the memory of them without modification.

Texts were collected from inhabitants and visitors, formed while being in the in-between-state of falling asleep, and meshed up to the sentence:

“In the name of the father this is the last thing you documented for the dogs.”

The collection of works is framed by a kinetic object, its form developed automatically.

In combination they can be seen as an ephemeral print of the location and the people residing there at the time of the stay.

This is a device to sonify patterns of movement, recorded during sunset at the beach near Nida Art Colony, during a windy day in Nida village and during a foggy day in the Parnidden Dunes.

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Sunset at the beach, translation 1

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Parnidden Dune, translation 3

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rhythmic study, waves 1

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This is a device to sonify images painted or dripped shortly after waking up.

The circuit has been adapted from a noise maker tutorial via www.bareconductive.net

Neringa, kinetic sculpture

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photo by Natacha Paganelli

 

The sound accompanying the video is a „foley“-recording, produced in the studio in order to recreate the cracking sound of ice,  echoing the melt down in the lagoon in Nida.

 

This art project has been financed with the support of the Land of Lower Austria //
Gefördert durch das Land Niederösterreich

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