Creatures
Performances 2012 - 2014
Creatures Cluster
Site-specific installations
2014 -  work in progress
Free-form oscillator circuits, metal wires, lights, jumper wires, Axoloti core
 
A co-production of HISK and Overtoon
Credits to Johannes Taelman (Axoloti Platform),
Ralf Schreiber & Christian Faubel

The Creatures are autonomous modules that receive their energy from solar cells to generate a variety of soft sounds and pulsating movements. They are developed with two simple analog oscillator circuits inspired by organisms: the Suneater and the Solar Sound module. The Suneater (invented by Mark Tilden) is a circuit designed to gather energy from light to produce pulsating movements. The Solar Sound module (invented by Ralf Schreiber) generates a large variety of mild sounds depending on the intensity of light that touches its solar surface. It is impossible to build identical circuits, each Creature is unique.  

The project started in 2012 with sound performances in different 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 intensity of light. The performances were a mixture of structured improvisation elicited through manipulated light sources, while the produced sound-patterns were amplified and live mixed. 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 lights that reciprocally affect each other. As a web built entirely in space, the sculptural, kinetic, and auditory nature of the synthesis refers to an open nervous system and a potential social organization. From a rather anti-authoritarian point of view, as well as to profile the autonomous and self-supporting nature of the synthesis, there is no programming applied to effectuate interactions. Instead, modules and lights are directly compiled to prospect light sources that register changes regarding oscillations into the given cluster, evoked by the idea of autopoiesis [a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself]. The light sources are integrated into the spatial sculpture and respond to the oscillating activity that the cluster is producing. As a result, the system responds continuously to the varying light circumstances, which give rise to new oscillating patterns and causal reasoning occurs between possible chaos and homeostasis.


The work is in progress, each installation is site-specific and unique.

Creatures Cluster, site-specific installation
Red Dawn, Hisk, Ghent, Belgium (22 November - 15 December 2014)
Creatures Cluster, site-specific 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)