Stefan Tiefengraber lives and works in Linz/Austria. His work ranges from kinetic sound and interactive installations to audio-video performances. Tiefengraber experiments with the modification of devices, which are originally manufactured for different purposes. Combined with the perception of the audience, this experimental attempt of exploring old and new materials leads him to new and unpredictable results. In addition to his artistic work he takes a curatorial role for sound art concerts at Tresor Linz, which he co-founded in 2016.
His work was shown at New Media Gallery (Vancouver/Canada), Galerie gerken (Berlin/Germany), Ars Electronica Festival 2019 (Linz/Austria), 16th Media Art Biennale WRO 2015 (Wroclaw/Poland), etc.
Photo Credit: Elisa Unger
Afroditi Psarra is an Athens-born, Seattle-based, multidisciplinary artist and educator. Her research focuses on cyber crafts and other gendered practices as speculative strings, and open-source technologies as educational models of diffusing knowledge. She is interested in the use of the body as an interface of control, and the revitalization of tradition as a methodology of hacking existing norms about technical objects. Her work has been presented at international venues such as Bozar, Ars Electronica, ISEA, Transmediale and CTM, Eyeo, Piksel, and WRO Biennale between others. She is currently an assistant professor of experimental art practice at the University of Washington.
"TRANSMISSION, PATTERNS, AND NOISE"
From the beginning of this collaboration, we tried to address the challenges that arose from the current COVID-19 crisis in our personal artistic practices. A common characteristic of our work is that it engages with tangible materials and physical interfaces, and what the current condition has made us reflect upon, is how we could create a piece that would connect the physical spaces that surround us, and connect our two remote locations, Linz and Seattle, in a hybridized way. In this sound installation, we used a copper mesh roll, to create antennas and circuits that can pick up and amplify the electromagnetic transmissions of our intimate spaces. We created a feedback system that uses a sound sensor and a stepper motor to adjust the length of the antennas according to their transmissions, which through this feedback loop ends up controlling the speed of the motors, thus the frequency of the EMF transmissions. By mixing up the soundscapes of our respective spaces, we created a 30-minute long drone piece that documents this passage of time and the endless oscillations, rhythms, and patterns that arise and fade in the turbulent transmissions of our radio antennas.
The whole video: https://vimeo.com/427120659