Medienkunst aus Berlin
Anna Anders, Dietmar Arnold, Jovan Balov, Sandra Becker, Ana Bilankov, Noam Braslavsky, Michael Brynntrup, Daniela Butsch, Genia Chef, Heiko Daxl, Claus Feldmann, Hanna Frenzel, Ingeborg Fülepp, Steven Gagnon, Archi Galentz, Monika Funke, Margita Haberland, Gab Heller, Sanja Ivekovic, Franz John, Kain Karawahn, Susanne Kienbaum, Betina Kuntzsch, Ilka Lauchstädt, Walter Lenertz, Antal Lux, Benoit Maubrey, Bettina Munk, Mona Mur, Sven Holly Nullmeyer, Günther Petzold, Claudius Pratsch, Klaus Riech, Susken Rosenthal, Ilse Ruppert, Mariko Sakamoto, Joachim Seinfeld, Lisa Schmitz, Ira Schneider, Jan-Peter E. R. Sonntag, Thorsten Streichardt, Signe Theill, Clea T. Waite, Eku Wand, Ute Weiss-Leder, André Werner
Benoit Maubrey: Two Solos
AUDIO BALLERINAS and other Electroacoustic Clothing
Benoît Maubrey is the director of DIE AUDIO GRUPPE a Berlin-based art group that build and perform with electronic clothes (past examples: AUDIO BALLERINAS, AUDIO GEISHAS, AUDIO STEELWORKERS, BONG BOYS, AUDIO PEACOCKS...). Basically these are electro-acoustic clothes and dresses (equipped with amplifiers and loudspeakers) that make sounds by interacting with their environment. For example the AUDIO BALLERINAS use -- among other electronic instruments-- light sensors that enable them to produce sounds through the interaction of their movements and the surrounding light (PEEPER choreography). Via movement sensors they can also trigger electronic sounds that are subsequently choreographed --or "orchestrated"-- into musical compositions as an "audio ballet " (YAMAHA choreography). A variety of other electronic instruments (mini-computers, samplers, contact microphones, cassette and CD players, and radio receivers) allow them to work with the sounds, surfaces, and topographies of the space around them in a variety of solo or group choreographies. Rechargeable batteries allow them to operate both in- and outdoors.
Die Audio GruppeŒs work is essentially site-specific. Often the electronics is adapted into entirely new "Audio Uniforms" or "sonic costumes" that reflect local customs , themes, or traditions (AUDIO GEISHA/Japan, AUDIO CYCLISTS/France, AUDIO HANBOK/Korea).
In the more recent AUDIO PEACOCKS project wearable electronic instruments are constructed from polycarbonat plexiglass material shaped into a peacock¹s fan-like plumage. The plexiglass surface is equipped with 16 loudspeakers (150 watts power), amplifiers, and rechargeable 12 volt batteries. The "audio-plumage" is highly directional and functions like an electroacoustic radar dish. An Audio Peacock can use its own site-specific electronic instruments (see Ballerinas) or amplify and alter its voice using a built-in microphone, sampler, and digital filter mechanisms. The Peacock can also receive sounds from outside sources via transmitter/receiver and disseminate them in a space by orienting its high-tech "plumage".
VIDEO PEACOCK is the most recent performance project from Benoit Maubrey. An Audio Peacock costume made from white plexiglass is used as a mobile projection screen. In this audio-visual performance the electro-acoustic quality of a Peacock is visually enhanced via a video projector. Video-taped images are projected simultaneously to the sounds on the costume. In a more spectacular sense the Peacock's own real-time image can be projected live onto its costume as a form of "video-feedback". Additionally its own voice and sounds can be used to manipulate the projected images: in effect the Peacock "wears" its own sound.
For photos, PDF catalogs, and videos of these projects please look at the following web site:
DIE AUDIO GRUPPE / BENOÎT MAUBREY (director), Bahnhofstraße 47, 14806 Baitz Germany; tel: ++49-(0)33841-8265 fax: ++49-(0)33841-33121; e-mail: email@example.com
Geboren: 1952 Washington, DC; Studium: Georgetown University (B.A. 1975); Lebt und arbeitet seit 1979 : in Baitz (Brandenburg) und Berlin. Preise: European Award for Street Theatre, Holzminden 1995 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Award NYC 2006; Performances and Festivals (a selection): 2005 Intro Festival, Millenaris Park, Budapest. CORPUS Festival, Brugge, Belgien.The ELECTRONIC GUY solo Tour, Vancouver (Video In), NYC (Location 1). Die Blaue Nacht, Nurnberg. 2004 “Sonoric Atmospheres/Ostseebiennale der Klangkunst. 2003 LEM Festival (Gracia Territoria Sonor), Barcelona. 2002 AUDIO BALLERINAS, Location One, NYC. HIGH FIDELITY production, Musiktheatre im Revier, Gelsennkirchen (co-production mit Berndt Schindowski). Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst, Berlin.; 2001 KunstMuseum / Wolfsburg; New Haven Festival for Arts and Ideas. Seoul Performing Arts Festival. Medi@terra, Athens. Musee des Arts et Industrie, Saint-Etienne. FETA Festival, Gdansk. 2000 Monaco Dance Danses Forum, Montecarlo. Tollwood Festival, Munich. Postdamer Musikfestspiele, Potsdam. 1999 IDAT (International Dance and Technology Conference),Phoenix, Arizona. Danzdag, Kulturhus Aarhus, Denmark. 1998 MALTA Festival , Poznan, Poland. Stockton Riverside Festival, UK. International Symposium for Elecronic Arts, Chicago. "Audio Ballerinas and Electronic Guys" The Kitchen (NYC). 1997 AUDIO GEISHAS, ICC-NTT Tokyo City Opera House. 1996 SONAMBIENTE Sound Art Festival, Academy of Arts, Berlin. 1994 "Audio Drama", Theatre zum Westlichen Staathirschen, Berlin. Internation Symposium for Electronic Art, Helsinki. 1993 MEDIALE, Hamburg. 1992 Cleveland Performance Festival, Ohio. 1990 Festival les Arts au Soleil, Lille, France. 1988 Festival des Arts Electroniques, Rennes, France. "Parcours Sonores", Musée de La Villette, Paris. 1987 STEIRISCHE HERBST, Graz, Austria. 1986 ARS ELECTRONICA, Linz, Austria. Commisioned works (corporate events): BMW, VW, Volklingen Huetten, Hahn Meitner Institut/Berlin, Nokia, Sony Entertainment, NTT/Tokyo, Louis Vuitton / Seoul.