Complex behaviors, whether in feedback systems, chaotic circuits, social systems or computer programs are fascinating objects of study. The Society for Nontrivial Pursuits (present, past and future students, alumni/ae, teachers, and associates of the class Generative Art / Computational Art at UdK Berlin) explore the possibility spaces of such systems for experimental performance. We design, build and program our own audio/visual performance systems based on a variety of devices, sensors, analog electronics, and software synthesis. We deploy them in extremely diverse projects between installations, performances and experiments.
S4NTP has been active since 2010, and comprises a flexible team with a wide range of artistic and technical experience. We hold regular performance evenings (Spektrum Berlin 2014 - 2018, Arkaoda since 2019) and exhibitions in Berlin, and have performed and exhibited at festivals, conferences and exhibitions worldwide (Austria, Slovakia, Great Britain, Turkey, China).
JaMoP aims at turning a large collection of text recordings, spoken in different languages by a wide variety of individuals, into an ongoing algorithmic stream of sound. This stream will be available world wide through web radio, and will be live on air in selected stations. Here you can listen to the live stream:
HyperDisCo is an improvised audiovisual performance by a large networked group. We all write and re-write code at the same time, and all code gets shared between all players. The jointly created sound and graphics processes embody the flow of ideas in the group; with text chatting and visual shouting mechanism allowing for more and less discreet ways of developing the piece by verbal discussion.