Matthew Biederman, Brian Springer, Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan: SPEKTR!

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Art Event Overview:


    PARTNER EXHIBITION 28 July, 9:30pm till late. 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road. Free admission

    SPEKTR! is a unique performance in which tactical media workers conduct an audiovisual ‘mapping’ of the electromagnetic spectrum to create sound and video landscapes. The events begin at dusk as the sun sets, and often end at dawn as the sun re-emerges as the ascendant in the radio sky. 88 frequency zones will be mapped in real-time, structured together with a fifteen-year archive of digital and analogue signals that the artists have been collecting from all over the globe. For Singapore, the team will concentrate on the prolific output of electromagnetism created by the dynamics of world trade, shipping, aviation and control systems along the Straits of Malacca.

    The SPEKTR! structure is based on the filing of the U.S. Patent 2,292,387, that was granted to avant-garde composer George Antheil and Hedy Kiesler Markey (a.k.a. Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr) in 1942. This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect. The idea was not used until 1962, when it was deployed by U.S. military ships during the Cuba blockade. Today their frequency-hopping idea serves as the basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology used in devices ranging from cordless telephones to WiFi Internet connections.

    Artists: DelRray (Matthew Biederman), Brian Springer, Nullo (Aljosa Abrahamsberg) and MX (Marko Peljhan) . DelRay, Nullo, Springer and MX have collaborated in different settings since 1995.

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    Co-produced by PROJEKT ATOL and RX-TX. Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana Cultural Department, Canada Council, City of Nova Gorica Cultural Department and Euroinvest d.o.o.  The project was commissioned by AV Festival 08 in March 2008.


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