Synaesthetic Syntax: Watch Party at IKLECTIK, London

FestivalSeptember 13 202011 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Expanded Animation at Ars Electronica presents Synaesthetic Syntax: Sounding Animation / Visualising Audio, a one-day symposium that brings together animators, musicians, artists, technologists and academics to discuss the interrelationships between audio and animation. Papers cover topics such as synaesthetic connections between sound and image, the role of gesture, improvisation and presence in live performance and the creative use of geometric and algorithmic patterns.

Our Keynote speaker is media artist, Rose Bond, who produces work at the juncture of cinema, animation and experiential design. She will be presenting her latest animated collaboration with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra on a live performance of Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ars Electronica festival is mainly taking place online this year with a number of small events taking place at different associated venues around the world. The Expanded Animation strand will have a series of small, socially distanced ‘Watch Parties’ in Linz, London and Portland.

Discover Berio´s sinfonia by Rose Bond:

The London event is on Sunday 13th Sept from 10h to 18h BST (11h – 19h CEST) at IKLECTIK, where a small group of attendees will watch the online symposium together at a social distance. The event is hosted by Birgitta Hosea of the Animation Research Centre. Attendees are requested to wear face coverings. Refreshments will be provided, but not lunch.

This event is supported by the University for the Creative Arts.

Synaesthetic Syntax Symposium Schedule:

  • 10:15–10:45 Keynote: Rose Bond (CA/US), Sounding Together – Choreographing the Unpredictable
  • 11:00–11:05 Welcome: Birgitta Hosea (UK), Juergen Hagler (AT), Harry Whalley (UK)
  • 11:05–12:40 Panel I: Hearing Colour Seeing Sound
  • 11:05–11:10 Introduction: Birgitta Hosea (UK)
  • 11:10–11:30 Vicky Smith (UK), Expanded Cinema and Para Animation: More than Audio and Visual
  • 11:30–11:50 Alexander Stublic (DE), Presence and interaction in synaesthetic space
  • 11:50–12:10 Sama Mara (UK), A Hidden Order – Revealing connections between geometry and music through harmony and mathematics
  • 12:10–12:40 Panel Discussion (Chaired by Birgitta Hosea)
  • 12:40–14:00 Break
  • 14:00–15:30 Panel II: In front of your eyes and ears
  • 14:00–14:05 Introduction: Harry Whalley (UK)
  • 14:05–14:25 Giusy Caruso, Bavo Van Kerrebroeck, Pieter Jan Maes (BE), PIANO PHASE for two pianists in VR
  • 14:25–14:45 Umut Eldem (BE), Towards a “Live Synaesthetic Visualisation”? Considerations in Artistically Visualised Sound
  • 14:45–15:05 Jānis Garančs (LV), Algorithmic conflation and re-configuration of audiovisual space and movement in the series of experiments with financial data audio-visualisations as immersive artworks
  • 15:05–15:30 Panel Discussion (Chaired by Harry Whalley)
  • 15:30–16:00 Break
  • 16:00–17:30 Panel III: The Kinaesthetics of Music and Vision
  • 16:00–16:05 Introduction: Juergen Hagler (AT)
  • 16:05–16:25 João Pedro Oliveira (US), Gesture Interaction Between Sound and Image
  • 16:25–16:45 Fred Collopy (US), Visual Synthesizer Design: Where Modern Art Was Headed
  • 16:45–17:05 Eric Dyer (US), Physical Presence and Material Desire: Eric Dyer’s sculptural and performative animation art practice
  • 17:05–17:30 Panel Discussion (Chaired by Juergen Hagler)
  • 17.30-18.00 Closing Note: Rose Bond (CA/US), Birgitta Hosea (UK), Juergen Hagler (AT)