The next phase in Kurt Hentschlägerʼs generative video and audio work, CLUSTER moves the focus to group behavior and interaction, particularly swarm phenomena. A simple, yet absurd setting is proposed—3D human characters turn into a school of fish. In the weightless choreography, human figures appear mostly as a pulsing, amorphous mass, a cloud of blurry matter from body parts and light. By its never fully predictable generative nature, CLUSTER describes a meta-organism with a decidedly anti-individualistic character.
The soundscapes in CLUSTER are rendered by the events driving the work—swarm motion and behavior, as well as changes in light and color. A rhythmic grid bonds the individual parts together. CLUSTER goes through several stages, starting out from an abstract primordial “soup,” and then building into a cloud of blurry semi-realistic matter—body parts and light—to eventually arrive at a clearly humanoid cluster, packed tightly, spinning and tumbling through space, bodies glued together by gravity and kinetic forces. Individual efforts to escape the “cloud” are attempted, but are futile.
Seating for this performance is very limited.
Chicago-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger creates audiovisual performances and installations. He began to exhibit his work in 1983, creating surreal machine-objects, and since has been working with time-based media, film, video, animation, and sound.
The immersive nature of his work reflects on the metaphor of the sublime and the human condition, and his current work further researches human perception and the impact of new technologies on both individual and collective consciousness.
Between 1992 and 2003 he worked collaboratively as one half of Granular-Synthesis. Employing large-scale projected images and drone like soundscapes, Granular-Synthesis performances and installations confronted viewers on both a physical and emotional level, overwhelming them with sensory stimulation.
Select presentations include the Venice Biennale, the Venice Theater Biennale, National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, PS1 (New York), Creative Time, Inc. (New York), Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Museum of Applied Arts (Vienna), National Museum for Contemporary Art (Seoul), ICC (Tokyo), Fondation Beyeler (Basel), and Arte Alameda (Mexico City).
He received a Quartz Electronic Music Award in 2010.
CLUSTER – Production Credits
© Kurt Hentschläger 2009-2012
Coproduction: Arcadi, France
Additional production support and residency provided by EMPAC/ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.
Audio Collaborator - Lauren Weinger
Ogre/Bullet & Max Msp Programming - Rob Ramirez
Ableton Live & Max for Live Programming - Ian Brill
3D Character Design - Chris Day
Management and Representation: Epidemic / Richard Castelli