Nicolas Collins
Nicolas Collins essay
Daguerreotypes 2006 Exhibition Ehemalige Polnische Botschaft Unter den Linden
Installation. For reanimated LCD displays.
Daguerreotypes 2006, Installation, Foto © Simon Lonergan
Conducting workshops in hardware hacking with poor art students is like visiting a tribe that ekes out a hardscrabble existence in a none-too-fertile land -- just as hoofs are boiled down to make Jello, and testicles are served up for breakfast, no part of an eviscerated toy goes to waste: sound-producing circuitry is bent and amplified, motors that spun wheels now twitch feathers in homage to Tinguely, and colorful plastic cases are adapted to hold yesterday’s or tomorrow’s circuit. But what to do with those tiny LCD screens, across which hockey-players once skated or blobs shot hoops? Removed from the corpse and reanimated with a few simple oscillators, these sporting scenes are transformed into animated digital daguerreotypes. Add a light source and a lens, and the fractured pixels jitter across walls, floor or ceiling. A quiet celebration of the ephemeral, peripheral and discarded elements in our lives.
Nicolas Collins, born 1954 in New York, lives in Chicago. He studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, worked for many years with David Tudor, and has collaborated with numerous soloist and ensembles around the world. He lived most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has taught since 1999. Recent recordings are available on PlateLunch, Periplum and Apestaartje. His book Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking was published by Routledge in 2006.
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Nicolas Collins
Alvin Curran
Joanna Dudley
Ulrich Eller
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Terry Fox
Bernhard Gál
Seppo Gründler
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Carl Michael von Hauswolff & freq_out orchestra
Susan Hiller
Robert Jacobsen
Rolf Julius
Georg Klein/Steffi Weismann
Katjia Kölle
Christina Kubisch
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Tilman Küntzel
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Donatella Landi
Bernhard Leitner
Aernout Mik
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Helen Mirra
Michael Muschner
Carsten Nicolai
Andreas Oldörp
Finnbogi Pétursson
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Robin Rimbaud aka scanner
Julian Rosefeldt
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tamtam [Sam Auinger/Hannes Strobl]
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Heinz Weber
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