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."

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 instruments for the measurement technology and other research fields, in Kogler's installation into a sculptural experience. The viewer imagines himself surrounded by a super-structure, the space in which he stands, in its present form by systematically dissolves impulses: he loses the ground under your feet"
source: youtube text above translated from german to english via google translate!

View really interesting visitor video in exhibition space at MUTOK, Vienna


Image from Peter Kogler website of project

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


Rod Maclachlan




"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: 


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






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


Roy Lichtenstein’s Three Landscapes

View (shaky) excerpt on youtube - but you get the idea of how magnificent the imagery and the relationship between each screen in the installation.

"Three Landscapes, a little-known triple screen film installation by Roy Lichtenstein, unseen since its showing at the Los Angeles County Museum in 1971 as part of the groundbreaking exhibition Art and Technology. The result of a short residency at Universal Studios in Hollywood, the films, newly restored by the Whitney on their original 35mm format, are testimony to Lichtenstein’s experimentation with form and his fascination with cinema."
Source: youtube excerpt description from above

Currently showing (January 2012) at Whitney Museum of American Art http://artforum.com/picks/section=nyc#picks29997
Quote review by Maika Pollack from this website below
"An installation of three silent, one-minute films by Roy Lichtenstein gives a rare glimpse into the Pop artist’s experiments in 35-mm moviemaking. Created during a two-week residency at Hollywood’s Universal Studios special effects lab in February 1969 and filmed primarily in Montauk, the works extend Lichtenstein’s interest in commercial landscapes to imagine a Pop seascape. Each looped film’s split of sea and sky is bisected by a tilting, animated comic-book horizon. The first screen shows a static sky of blue Ben-day dots; underneath the bright pattern a body of water is filmed lapping, lit as if illuminated in red neon. In the second film, white clouds are scattered above a group of tropical fish, and the black horizon line that divides sky from sea rocks like a ship’s deck. The last features a single white seagull in a cartoon-blue sky above a sunlit, vacation postcard–ready seascape. The images play simultaneously against the ticker-tape hum of reel film, which one can see circling through pizza box–size film casings behind the three suspended projection screens.
Shown together for the first time, the three films develop formal contrasts between sky and water, stenciled dots and thick contours, motion and stasis. Yet these lo-fi holidays in the sun also provide a distinct contrast to the more famous Pop movies of Andy Warhol, created during the same decade. Where Warhol shot stars with a scopic investment heightened by the grainy, ambiguous, and “inexpert” quality of his productions, Lichtenstein brought together filmed and animated elements to create pastiche landscape pictures born of special effects in which the real becomes a prop to the unreal. Made after Lichtenstein’s iconic comic-book paintings of the 1960s, the films all feature limitless horizons reminiscent of Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, 1818, or any of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s seascapes. If the subject matter of Pop art has been called banal and impersonal, this work is instead transcendent: a Pop sublime.  Maika Pollack"

Troika Ranch - Loop Diver

View on Troika Ranch Vimeo Channel

loopdiver 2009


troika ranch




From Troika Ranch website

"The development of loopdiver began with a simple idea: to explore the concept of loops, a structure pervasive in culture since the popularization of the computer. We first created a 6-minute long performance that was complete in its own right, with movement, music, video and theatrical lighting; then, using a special software tool, we transformed a videotape of that performance into a 60-minute long choreographic 'score' from which we rigorously generated the live choreography. While the digital materials (video, sound, light) maintain the absolute precision and perfection of the computer, the learned choreography is necessarily imperfect due to human interpretation. When placed together on stage, we see the performers in a constant struggle to adapt to an externally imposed machine rhythm. loopdiver asks the viewer to join in on this simultaneously dreamlike and maddening journey as the performers attempt to escape their prisons of repetition. The meaning of the materials grows and changes as it appears again and again, ultimately challenging us to dive in a break free of our own repetitive and potentially destructive behavior."



Sofia Gubaidulina's "Seven Words" performed in Eurythmy

"Sofia Gubaidulina's "Seven Words" is a composition for cello, bayan, and strings based upon Christ's Seven Last Words on the Cross. This is a section of the composition performed in Eurythmy by the Goetheanum Stage Ensemble. For this beautiful film version, the camera work and editing were by Sam Russell with final production by Hagens Recording Studio. Note: this version presents the music and eurythmy of the original performance, without voice-over." source:


Youtube Embed

"Sofia Gubaidulina's "Seven Words" is a composition for cello, bayan, and strings based upon Christ's Seven Last Words on the Cross. This is a section of the composition performed in Eurythmy by the Goetheanum Stage Ensemble. For this beautiful film version, the camera work and editing were by Sam Russell with final production by Hagens Recording Studio. Note: this version presents the music and eurythmy of the original performance, without voice-over." source:


Scenography - Iduun - Video Mapping

"scenography of the drama Astrée X written and staged by Gildas Loupiac, for a creation freely inspired by Terry Gilliam"

It’s a scenography made of video mapping, with sounds, lights and videos interactivities. To be completely free in following the actors, iduun is using several software, such as Live, Modul8, MadMapper and Max (for the special Monome Module), and makes them work together.

Written and staged by:

Gildas Loupiac


Barthélemy Antoine-Loeff and Alexandra Petracchi

Sound design:

Charles Dubois


Marilyne Morel


Thomas Lequesne, Géraldine Szajman and Etienne Bodi

From the 7th of september to the 2nd of october

(monday and tuesday excepted) at 20 PM.



53 rue des Saules, 75018 Paris / Lamarck-Caulaincourt (12)

Link for more information