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Inspiration & Feedback on Art & Design. Please participate, share your views on any works of art or design; the artists and designers work you admire that give you inspiration in which ever form or discipline. Thanks you for taking time to read this. I’m interested to hear everyone’s opinion please share yours.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

I’m attempting to keep track of any motion / video research and inspiration on this page for the current brief; “Royal Liverpool Philharmonic”. Upon reading the brief my first initial thought was of the 2007 Proms and the Venezuela Youth Orchestra. After completing their set they returned in tracksuit tops sporting their national colours and performed a spectacular performance, you could feel the energy, flowing around the auditorium and how much the musicians were enjoying themselves. To me this excitement and energy is the key to this project / brief.

Another amazing collaboration which springs to mind is Jeff Mills – an influential radio DJ who used to mix for the highly influential Detroit Techno collective and holds quite a reputation for being a highly respected techno DJ conducting the Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra in ‘The Bells’. Using a classical orchestra in this way is a fantastic avenue to pursue when trying to recruit youths to the classical music spectrum.

The opening sequence to ‘Underground’ by Emir Kusturica has always stayed with me and upon reading the brief I was unable to get this sequence from my mind, there are so many elements about this sequence I love it is hard to pick just one.

The Twelve Dreams Of The Sun was a concert held by musician Jean Michel Jarre on the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt starting on December 31, 1999 and carrying overnight to January 1, 2000. It was attended by 120,000 people. The concert consisted of two parts, the Main Concert and a Sunrise Concert. The concert cost approximately $9,500,000 and it originated when Jean-Michel Jarre was contacted by the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak with a special project to celebrate the dawn of the new Millennium at the foot of the only remaining monument of the original 7 Wonders of the World – the Great Pyramids.

Jarre’s team had developed giant projections to be displayed on the faces of the Great Pyramids, however a heavy cloud of fog made the pyramids almost invisible, so most of the projections were discarded. Parts of the concert were broadcast live on TV stations around the world.

Rokeby’s best known work, Very Nervous System (1986-90) premiered at the Venice Biennale in 1996, won the first Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts (1988) and is permanently installed in several museums around the world.
The work uses video cameras, computers, and synthesizers to create an interactive space in which body movements are translated into music. The technology Rokeby developed for this work is widely used by composers, choreographers, musicians, and artists. It is also used in music therapy applications and is currently being tested as an activity enabler for victims of Parkinson’s Disease.

‘I created the work for many reasons, but perhaps the most pervasive reason was a simple impulse towards contrariness. The computer as a medium is strongly biased. And so my impulse while using the computer was to work solidly against these biases. Because the computer is purely logical, the language of interaction should strive to be intuitive. Because the computer removes you from your body, the body should be strongly engaged. Because the computer’s activity takes place on the tiny playing fields of integrated circuits, the encounter with the computer should take place in human-scaled physical space. Because the computer is objective and disinterested, the experience should be intimate.’

David Rokeby has won acclaim in both artistic and technical fields for his new media artworks. A pioneer in interactive art and an acknowledged innovator in interactive technologies, Rokeby has achieved international recognition as an artist and seen the technologies which he develops for his work given unique applications by a broad range of arts practitioners and medical scientists.
The Toronto artist, who was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario in 1960 and studied at the Ontario College of Art, uses technology to reflect on human issues.

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