Bernd Lintermann

Art and Science: Pushing the Limits of the Creative Process in Media Art

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
April 20, 2016

On April 21–22 internationally renowned researchers Bernd Lintermann and Markus Noisternig will give insight into the most sophisticated computer-based applications in real-time generated immersion for sight and sound. Both have been collaborating with EMPAC's research, production and development of new technology and new works.

TALK

Bernd Lintermann works as an artist and scientist in the field of real-time computer graphics with a strong focus on interactive and generative systems. The results of his research are applied in the scientific, creative, and commercial context. While at EMPAC, Lintermann will present a pair of talks to introduce work being done at the intersection of art and science and outline specific computational strategies.

Lintermann and his software were the foundation for the first big multi-year EMPAC production, the panoramic, interactive film by the Wooster Group, made for the opening of EMPAC. He has worked with internationally renowned artists, like Bill Viola, Jeffrey Shaw, and Peter Weibel, and has created a vast range of interactive, immersive, and 3D environments.

One significant example is the software Xfrog, a procedural modeling and animation system with a focus on complex organic structures used by various entertainment companies, including Electronic Arts, Lucas Digital, and Digital Domain. The software has been used in movies such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. In 2015, Xfrog was nominated for a Scientific Achievement Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures.

Part One (2 PM):

Art and Science: Pushing the Limits of the Creative Process in Media Art I
In his first presentation, Bernd Lintermann will give a technical introduction to computational strategies he developed for algorithmic modeling, interactive scenarios, and immersive environments, including the software Xfrog. This talk is especially geared towards programmers, artists, and practitioners of digital media.

Part Two (7 PM):

Art and Science: Pushing the Limits of the Creative Process in Media Art II
In the second presentation, Bernd Lintermann will present examples from the oeuvre of works he has developed in various interactive media formats, also in 3D stereoscopic projection. These will include virtual reality installations for museums, stage performances, panoramic and dome projections, and stereoscopic projections for music concerts. This presentation will provide an experiential encounter with Lintermann’s work and a point of reference for where the frontiers of art and science are today.

Curator:: 
Johannes Goebel

Bernd Lintermann has been artist and scientist in residence at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany since 1996. From 2005 to 2011, he was head of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media. From 2006 to 2014, he had an appointment as Professor at the State University of Design, Media, and Arts in Karlsruhe. Since 2012, he has been Adjunct Professor at the School of Creative Media at the City University, Hong Kong. His artistic collaborations and lectures have been presented worldwide.

Dates: 
Talk
Bernd Lintermann
Art and Science: Pushing the Limits of the Creative Process in Media Art I
Studio 2
April 20, 2016, 2PM
Talk
Bernd Lintermann
Art and Science: Pushing the Limits of the Creative Process in Media Art II
Studio 2
April 20, 2016, 7PM

EMPAC 2015–16 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.