How Technology influences Art - a research group at the Maastricht Institute of Performative Arts - Zuyd

Technology Driven Art is an artistic research group at the Faculty of Arts (Zuyd University),
dealing with the influence of technology on the evolution of the Arts.
Technology Driven Art organises practice based, artistic research projects across all the Art departments,
involving the Arts students of Zuyd University.
In these , we stimulate an intuitive, critical or subversive use of new technologies in art creation by students.
The slogan could be:
Thinking with your Hands.
Technology Driven Art works in close collaboration with the artistic research centre
What Art Knows by Ruth Benschop at the Faculty of Arts (Zuyd University).

Most of the projects of this research group have their own website.
For more detailed information you can consult these sites:
(some are still under construction - it's an ongoing proces…)
scriptiekunst.org
tda-3Dscanning.org
tda-smartdesign.org

Spectrum Workshop on Artificial Intelligence


A hands on workshop on the artistic use and implications of Artificial Intelligence
by Casper Wortmann, Ties van de Werff and Peter Missotten
in collaboration with iArts and lectoraataok.nl

Starting in 2020-21, iArts and both research groups within the Arts Zuyd started a two months, hands-on workshop on the use and the implications of Artificial Intelligence within the creation of Art.


Op een gegeven moment - Cor Langerak


Een theatervoorstelling waarvan de tekst elke avond door een algoritme live gegenereerd wordt…

Geen enkele uitvoering van Op een gegeven moment zal hetzelfde zijn. 
Iedere voorstelling opnieuw genereert een zelflerend artificieel intelligent systeem (AI) een nieuwe voorstellingstekst, die live wordt uitgevoerd door een groep van vier acteurs. Er is niet van tevoren gerepeteerd, het materiaal dat de AI genereert is nieuw en onbekend.
Op deze manier ontstaat een samenwerking tussen techniek, acteurs en het publiek, die zich volledig in het moment van de voorstelling afspeelt.
Voor het generen van de toneelteksten is het AI-model getraind op de volledige collectie van Nederlandse toneelteksten van De Nieuwe Toneelbibliotheek.
De voorstelling wordt gespeeld door twee pensionerend acteurs (Woody Richardson Laurens en Bert Luppes) en twee studenten van de Toneelacademie (Jan Groenland en Merlijn De Meyer Engelbeen).
Op een gegeven moment buigt zich over de vraag wat een kunstwerk is en wie de auteur…

Premi
ère op het Boulevard Festival 's Hertogenbosch. Gepresenteerd op het Zuyd Event in het MECC op 24 juni 2022

To be or not…

Researching the live presence in a virtual world.
Research by Woody Richardson Laurens and Peter Missotten.
A collaboration with 8 European PLETA.eu Theatre schools another international partners
Postponed to Nov-Dec 2021, due to Covid19

TO BE OR NOT…
Using virtualisation tools in live performance art
Recording of the Live stream of Dec. 16, 2021 can be found here!

In this rapidly evolving technological society, ‘being live’ is slowly replaced by ‘being online’. Nowadays, it’s fair to say that most of our human contacts are mediated through some kind of virtualizing technology. We almost phone/email/chat/facebook more than we talk person to person.

In his theory about the speed of technology (dromology, as he calls it) the French philosopher Paul Virillio warned us decades ago: the fastest technology always prevails, and at the same time it organises it’s catastrophe. Just unplug the wifi router at your school and you will get a pretty good idea of what this catastrophe could feel like.

A live performance is by definition the slowest art medium we know: it’s in essence un-mediated. As such, it’s under threat of the ever speedier, virtualising media (cinema, television, gaming, internet). At the same time, it’s unique qualities become more tangible: the dirty slowness of being (a)live.

What if we infect our live performances with virtualising technologies? What if we replace some of the actors with animated 3D scans? What if we organise a live battle between the flesh and the virtual? What if we organise a virtuoso dance with the virtualising devil? Will some kind of inter-medial art form emerge, or will we just loose the battle? Will it show us something about our human condition in this age of technology?

Although this project was conceived quite some time before the Covid19 pandemic (and postponed due to the travel restrictions),questioning the live presence of the actor/performer,became weirdly acute during this pandemic. What is the essence of theatre?What's the essence of performing live?

These questions are pretty close to the best-known quote from theatre history:
to be or not…

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Stuur je scriptie in voor Scriptiekunst 2022 / Send in your thesis for the Thesis Prize 20221

De lectoraten van de kunstopleidingen ZUYD nodigen alle studenten uit mee te doen aan de 8e wedstrijd voor de beste scripties. Scripties geschreven in het schooljaar 2021/2022 komen in aanmerking voor deelname. De deadline voor indiening is 31 juli 2022. De winnende inzendingen worden op de website gepresenteerd maar ook in boekvorm uitgegeven. Tevens ontvangen de winnaars een iPad ter waarde van €500.

Ben je nog op zoek naar inspirerende voorbeelden voor je scriptie? Kijk dan even op scriptiekunst.org, waar alle winnende scripties binnen de kunsten ZUYD van de afgelopen 7 jaren staan. Daar kan je ook jouw scriptie insturen: wie weet wordt die dan gepubliceerd in boekvorm en win je één van de iPads ter waarde van €500.

Met de wedstrijd SCRIPTIEKUNST willen de lectoraten een grote diversiteit aan onderzoek en de documentatie ervan binnen de kunstopleidingen ZUYD stimuleren. Ook (geschreven) reflectie op je eigen artistieke praktijk komt in aanmerking. Alle inzendingen worden getoetst op gedegenheid, originaliteit en diversiteit van aanpak. De jury bestaat uit professionals en kunstenaars van binnen en buiten de kunstopleidingen ZUYD.

Indienen uiterlijk 15 juli via www.scriptiekunst.org.


The lectorates of the Art Academies ZUYD invite you to participate in the 8th competition to name the best theses. Theses written in the school year 2020/2021 are eligible for participation. The deadline to submit is 31 July 2022. The winning entries will be published in book form and on our website. The winners will also receive an iPad.

About to finish your thesis but still in need of some inspiration? Visit scriptiekunst.org. There you’ll discover the wild diversity of the winning Arts ZUYD theses from the last seven years. While you’re at it: submit your own thesis! Maybe it will get published as a real book and you win an iPad worth €500.

With the thesis prize competition, the lectorates hope to stimulate a great diversity of research and documentation of research within the art academies ZUYD. Documentation of your own artistic practice is also eligible for submission. All entries will be assessed for thoroughness, originality and diversity of approach. The jury consists of professionals and artists from inside and outside the art academies ZUYD.

Submit before July 15 via www.scriptiekunst.org.



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Dear Lollipop

went into premiere at cc Hasselt, on Tuesday nov 12, 2019.
The first Live Performance exclusively for Smartphones.
After downloading the 'Dear lollipop' app, visitors bring there phones to the theatre, place them in a comfy seat (with a supplied adapter), and then go to a waiting room where they can read the accompanying book, while watching there phones enjoying the live performance, on some security camera's.
After the show, the phones will comment on the performance for about a week.


Review in 'de Standaard' nov. 14, 2019


Houdt een iPhone van andere kunst dan een Samsung Galaxy? Het kunstenfestival Impact zoekt het antwoord in ‘Dear Lollipop’, een hilarische voorstelling waarbij alleen je smartphone in de theaterzaal welkom is….
Wellicht zullen we nooit helemaal weten hoe Dear Lollipop … eruitzag. Maar naast veel absurde humor roepen de performance en een bijbehorend boek wel prangende vragen op over onze verhouding met die onafscheidelijke telefoons. Is kunst het laatste wat ons zal onderscheiden van artificiële intelligentie? Of is onze creativiteit evengoed voorge­programmeerd?
GILLES MICHIELS - de Standaard


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In Print

* As part of the artistic research for Dear Lollipop, Max Wind wrote a book 'On the Artistic Taste of Artificial Intelligence'.
Visitors to the live performance got a copy for free. You can request yours here.
* Due to high demand, we're having a reprint of the inaugural speeches
* At last, we're editing three publications with (excerpts from) the winning thesis from our scriptiekunst.org prize 2018 and 2019
They will be available very soon indeed…


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Current Projects:

To be or not…
Researching the live presence in a virtual world.
Research by Woody Richardson Laurens and Peter Missotten.
A PLETA collaboration with 8 European Theatre schools (due to Covid19, postponed to March-April 2021

Implementation of 3D printing in 3D Design
a research project by Eric Steenman (Fine Arts Academy, Design)
stimulating the active use of 3D printing techniques in art creation

Smart Design with Arduino's
a collaboration between Kunstacademie and Media Academie with Anke Bos, Eric Steenman, Vincent Sijben and Hans Lasschuit

Opera as an intermedium
a research project in collaboration with the European Opera Academy

Interfacing Data: Interactive Media installation design
a research project by Rob Delsing and Tom Luyten at the Media Academie

Projectkunst.org
Commissioning media art by students

Scriptiekunst.org
a contest for the best art thesis



Past Projects in the picture:


Dear Lollipop
Researching the artistic taste of Artificial Intelligence. 2019
a research by Max Wind, Casper Wortmann and Peter Missotten.

TITANIC | UNTERGANG AN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH PLETA.EU 2017
More info on the 3D-scanning project

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Titanic / Untergang is an international collaboration between PLETA.eu (a platform of European Theatre Academies) and the professorship on Technology Driven Art. 8 students of seven different countries joined forces to investigate the use of technology in a live performance. As a challenge, Woody Laurens and Peter Missotten - the research coaches for this project - haven chosen the old gasometer of Maastricht as their platform. A huge space, 50 meter in diameter and some 13 meter high, with an echo time of 13 seconds.
How to transform this space into a panoramic setting for the sinking of the Titanic, in reverse? The answer is cables: lots of cables and some 15 video projectors, all of them controlled wirelessly. The participating students created media installations in which they improvised performances around the theme of the sinking of the Titanic. Alongside, they worked with 3D scanning techniques to get full body scans, using the affordable Structure 3D sensors. The quirks of the technique delivered fascinating wireframe models they integrated in the performance. Next stop was Bierbeek (B) where they shot loads of underwater movies in a lifesize watertank. Combine this with a golden, inflatable Titanic of their own making and a shabby, plastic iceberg, and you got yourselves a fascinating performance in a 360° panoramic setting. A bloody hot setting it was (due to the weather), sometimes resulting in a few projectors refusing to start up and a wobbly melting iceberg. That didn’t stop the students to perform in a hightech evocation of the sinking of the Titanic. Backwards.

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Programmamanager Onderzoek: Ghislaine Boere
Telefoon: 0433466414
Email: ghislaine.boere@zuyd.nl

Last Update June 8, 2021