Creatures
Performances 2012 - 2014

Creatures Cluster
Site-specific installations
2014 -  in progress

Free-form oscillator circuits, metal wires, lights, jumper wires, Axoloti core
 
The 1st installation, March 2014, was a co-production of HISK and Overtoon

Credits to Johannes Taelman (Axoloti Platform),
Ralf Schreiber & Christian Faubel

The Creatures are autonomous modules that draw their energy from light to generate a variety of soft sounds or pulsing movements. They are developed with two simple analogue oscillator circuits inspired by living organisms: the Suneater and the Solar Sound. The Suneater (invented by Mark Tilden) is a circuit designed to gather energy from light to produce pulsed motion. The Solar Sound module (invented by Ralf Schreiber) produces a wide variety of gentle sounds depending on the intensity of light received by its solar cell. Since it is impossible to create identical circuits, each Creature is unique.


The project started in 2012 with sound performances in different trans-formations: Creatures Sextet, Ensemble, Orchestra. The performing synthesis was determined after an intensive observational period of the interrelated sound patterns occurring between specifically connected modules in series receiving controlled light intensity. The output was an amalgam of structured improvisation elicited through manipulated light sources, while the generated sound patterns were amplified and mixed live. The last performance took place at the Transmediale festival (Jan 2014) and from then on the project moved towards greater autonomy, through the implementation of site-specific installations.

The Creatures Cluster is an apparatus of interconnected modules and light sources that reciprocally affect each other. As a web built entirely in space, the sculptural, kinetic, and acoustic nature of the synthesis refers to an open nervous system, a symbiotic system or an ecosystem. From a rather anti-authoritarian point of view, as well as to preserve the autonomous, organic and self-sustaining nature of the cluster, there is no programming applied to effectuate interactions. Instead, the modules and light sources are directly connected to evoke light intensities that register changes in the oscillatory activity of the system in accordance with the concept of autopoiesis [a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself]. Thus, the light sources are organically integrated into the functioning of the cluster that is fed by and feeds back into the oscillating activity of the creatures. As a result, the system constantly responds to the varying conditions which create new light and oscillating patterns, and the causal reasoning continues ad infinitum between potential chaos and homeostasis.

Since both the possible combinations and interconnections of the individual Creatures, as well as the conditions of creation and function of the Cluster, are impossible to reproduce or repeat in space or time, each installation is specific and unique. In this sense, the development of the project is ongoing.

Creatures Cluster, site-specific installation
Red Dawn, Hisk, Ghent, Belgium (22 November - 15 December 2014)
Creatures Cluster, site-specific installation
NOVAXX 2019, Centre Wallonie- Bruxelles |Paris, in collaboration with Lafayette Anticipations
(November 2019 – January 2020)
Creatures Cluster, site-specific installation
Máquina loca. Teatros del Canal, Madrid, Spain (5 -14 March 2021)
Creatures Cluster, site-specific installation
Hyper Organisms. iMAL, Brussels (24 June - 20 September 2021)
Photos (c) Caroline Lessire
Creatures Cluster, site-specific installation
You Know Who.  Abdülmecid Efendi Mansion, Istanbul, Turkey (20 September  - 11 December, 2022)
Creatures Cluster, site-specific installation (1st installation)
Sense of Sound, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium (2 March - 25 May 2014)
Performing with the Creatures
Transmediale Festival 2014, HKW, Berlin
The Creatures Ensemble, Performance (30 Jan 2014)
Excerpt from performances:
Across the Great Divide, Creative Human - Machine Improvisations. International conference.
Medea Electronique & Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece. The Creatures Ensemble, Performance (19 Oct 2012)
Q-02_workspace for experimental music and sound art, Brussels, Belgium.
The Creatures Orchestra, Performance (7 Dec 2012)