live audio-visual performance

effeeffe is a live audiovisual performance by the duo Lola and Yukao Meet. effe is about shamanism, afterlife and fetishes.

It is experienced as a voyage in a supernatural world, mesmerizing and poetic.

The audio side of the performance associates vocal loops, electroacoustic compositions, and a sequencer for rhythms and samples. The visual part of effe is digitally augmented live drawing captured through a tablet or through a camera. The drawing is augmented with generative effects based on particles and cellular automata. The duo associates the most cutting edge digital technologies with ancient vocal and graphical motives into a unique postmodern art form.

effe’s plot begins with an ambivalent dressing up into a fetish spacesuit, and a tribal face painting to connect with spiritual energies around us.

Why do birds emerge from the made-up face, call, and swirl around? Get yourselves prepared to a trip into abnormal reality! As in an ancient ceremony, a chanted poem accompanies a dance… and the digital drawing on top of the dancing body progressively entangles with energetic and expansive connections to soul and flesh.

An ecstatic ascent to the sky, a tree of life deeply connected to the subterranean forces, and lyric poetry supported by primitive drums initiate a shamanic adventure in a superhuman world.

There, twinned angels or healers take care of our wounded planet. A soothing melodic incantation transforms violence and fire into a glowing specter… who eventually turns into a flock of bird (probably our regenerated radiating souls).

Through the evocation of the otherworld, effe questions contemporary issues: Environment and the destiny of our planet, The loss of our connections with the sacred and the quest, for some of us, to regain spirituality in life, The troubling analogy between some current minority practices and ancient rites.

 

audio-visual performance — duration 36'
sound and graphics: Porphyrograph / interaction: pure data
 
downloadable trailer effe video (mp4) (2'30)
downloadable portfolio effe portfolio (pdf) (en)

Version française

Reference: Mircea Eliade, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, trans. Willard R. Trask (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972). Mircea Eliade: The Epilogue to "Shamanism"

 

Your Face - Birds soundtrack

PsychoPomp soundtrack

Temptation soundtrack

audio-visual performance

terrains vagues wandering is a counterhegemonic stroll for the serendipitous discovery a train of thought to the state of emergency. Through a “reverse engineering” of social spread, the performance follows associations of ideas through hashtag cooccurrences in tweets. The messages at the bottom of the screen, the moiré visuals based on google images, and the noise track built from soundclound samples, all rely on these polysemous associated hashtags.

On top of the audiovisual noise, the graphic performance uses these “vague” spaces for creative drawing as an alternative to the hegemonic economic and political structures of space and time. The cello, alternating laments and pain, expands with the proximity of the tragic ending. Rather than adding another logic, an audio-visual poetry enters the interstices of the ambivalent information flow, well-suited for vagrancy. The bonobo accompanying the graphics sacrifices its fragile innocence of endangered species, reflecting on our own vulnerability.

audio-visual performance — duration 32'
sound/graphics: Porphyrograph / interaction: pure data
 
downloadable video trailer for terrains vagues wandering (mp4) (3'28)
downloadable portfolio for terrains vagues wandering (pdf) (en)

French version

Reference: Carney, Phil, and Vince A. Miller. Vague spaces. In Jansson, André, and Amanda Lagerkvist, eds. Strange spaces: Explorations into mediated obscurity, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. (2009): 33-56.

audio-visual performance

generative nightsgenerative nights is an audio-visual performance about the exploration of a dark urban world in which humanity struggles with infinitely replicating micro-machines. Their growth and bursts are hypnotic and scaring. The visuals and sounds are rhythmically coupled by equipping the visual display with sensors. They capture the "light" on the surface and convert it into sounds according to their positions on the display. Just think of the graphics as a huge sequencer of one million interconnected cells with light sensors that capture the activity in some selected places of the image.

Based on cellular automata, the first part of generative nights is a unique experience of mechanical audio and graphical patterns. The steady rhythms and the pixellized visuals combine into pictures that evoke industrial halls, cities at night, or a biologist's lab bench. Humanity progressively takes control over the machine in the second part. The haunting vocals turn gigantic primitive totems into goddesses who take care of the city at night. Moved by the shamanic rhythms of the loops, luminous vestals and flying guardians, half yamakasi/half angels, haunt the buildings while the sleeping city traverses its dreams of fame and wrath. Alas! mankind freed from its mechanical slavery is caught back by its demons of power and vanity in the last part of the piece. Huge machines with long traces traverse the screen and seem planned to cause death. The drawing machine brings the performer's limbs into play but fails as Deus ex Machina. The hand of fate traps the melancholic solitary wanderer, while scaring shadows are cast over burning ruins. A flying horse carries the loner's soul towards better skies and the landscape disappears progressively under tumorous shapes. The chant for a better life is hopelessly covered by an uproar of uncontrolled mechanics.


Media: Lola: voice, sound effects, loops, generative sounds, Yukao: tablet and pen drawing, generative graphics, drawing machine

audio-visual performance — duration 36'
sound: Supercollider, Renoise & samples from freesound / graphics: Porphyrograph / interaction: pure data
 
downloadable live video for generative nights (mp4) (2'24)
downloadable live soundtrack for generative nights (wav) (2'39)
downloadable video trailer for generative nights (mp4) (2'35)
downloadable portfolio for generative nights (pdf) (en)
long notice for generative nights (html) (en)