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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Welcome!", or, "On Die Wolke's decidedly confusing, quasi-unruly intentions"

This is our new blog, part of the makeover that Die Wolke Art Group got this spring. This will be the place where we'll be posting our thoughts and ideas, as well as share several of the things we learn by implementing them.
So, expect everything from short theses and commentaries to tutorials and demonstrations, based on our works, the concepts behind them, the technology that makes them possible, as well as anything we may come up with doing all that, that we'd like to share. We're still planning all that, so bear with us. 
Some of the things we intend to explore include art/technology integration and man/machine interfacing, using tools such as Max/MSP/Jitter and Supercollider, Arduinos, and a variety of sensors; hardware hacking/abusing, like Kinects and game controllers; computer control of lighting and sync methodologies; set and costume design; digital video. On the theoretical side, we look forward to exploring the semiotic aspects of performance art, as well as engage in practical considerations related to perception theory and phenomenology. All in due time though, as we don't want to distract ourselves too much from new productions.
If this sounds a touch on the convoluted side of things, it's because it's meant to be. Our new headquarters, called Vitruvian Thing, is intended to be the "home of the fuzzy mind and the experimentally inclined psyche". Quite simply, we're a diverse group of individuals, techies, theoreticians, artists, musicians, performers, and a growing one at that. We don't have members per se: we have friends and collaborators, many of which we shall invite to share their opinions in this very blog. This all-round, anti-methodological approach is our natural (almost Newtonian) reaction to contemporary urbanism.
In a sense, we seek to reinvent ourselves as creative individuals, while at the same time to escape the apparent constraints of genre, audience expectations, and general normality. We do not merely wish to create interdisciplinary art: we want what we do to be about persons and personalities; we want the techie to work with the poet, the gearhead with the philosopher, the minimalist with the cyberpunk. And we want to bring these people together.
We look forward to sharing this redefinition of our group with you. In all of its absurdity, audacity, and ambition, it is but a dream.

If we shadows have offended, 
Think but this, and all is mended— 
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.