SITE EIGHT / 10 February to 21 February 2010
An audio visual experience in which three and a half minutes of media tracks and footage are mixed in real-time. The work draws material from high definition video of German State Orchestra Halle instrumentalists, hand clapping, as well as footage from singer René Kuschmann. By structuring the playback through a 'suspense curve' algorithm, Break Up generates a constantly new, never repeated, abstract environment.
Each moment in time occurs to us as a unique and unmissable algorithm: our moments in real life are never repeatable, even if our own human nature turns in attempts to produce a replicate. Therefore each moment in whatever position we are in at this time is sacred.
Break Up exasperates this idea with its unique and individual moments seemingly repetitive, becoming a sounding heartbeat or a reminder of a train carriage arriving and departing - scheduled and repetitive in action but unrepeatable in moment.
Break Up generates three and a half minute Cut-Up audio and moving image without any user interaction. By remixing four channels of high definition video and audio in real time according to a random but not arbitrary progression, since the software parameters follow a predefined suspense curve. In watching Break Up we are allowed an opportunity to interpret a language of another kind. The language of an artificial intelligence speaking and droning through equipment like a siren of deep water: waiting for a listener; yearning for some understanding.
The symphonic sensibilities of a man made sound are restructured and reborn through software created by Max Neupert in a program lasting 6 hours - designed for the hours in the typical gallery day. Break Up becomes a trilogy that can never repeat: like a live band these sequences will never be heard or seen again. As we watch and listen we search for stable and repetitive ground, a point in which we can access a time create stronghold. Similarities may arise, such as the consequence of genetic make up in human kind, yet the program is a live composition in a mind and voice of its own. These often abstract soundings and images eventually reveal themselves and can be as familiar as two hands clapping or a drum beat.
Max Neupert is a software artist and lectures at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. His media and installation works are in public collections in Bonn and Berlin, Quebec and Montreal. More recently Neupert has participated in the 3rd Pure Data Convention, at the Museum of Image & Sound (MIS) Sao Paulo, Brazil and at the Neue Museum in Weimar, Germany. 2007 Neupert was an assistant for artists Ingo Günther, NYC and Lincoln Schatz, Chicago USA. In the past Neupert has been the invited artist in residency at SAT, Society of Art and Technology in Montreal, Canada and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria. Supported by Goethe Institute, Sofia. He is presented by general store Sydney.