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Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology

Chaos & Cosmos BXL


‘Chaos & Cosmos BXL’ is a showcase that brings together three prototypes of interactive installations from Brussels based artists. George van Dam & Various Artists, Beatrijs Albers & Reggy Timmermans and Alexandra Dementieva - in collaboration with Yacine Sebti - were invited to produce new works for the media art festival CYFEST-13 that takes place in Saint Petersburg, Russia in November 2021.

‘Locusts / paperRain’ by George van Dam & Various Artists

Locusts / paperRain is an interactive installation by musician George Van Dam and artist collective Various Artists in collaboration with Yacine Sebti.

Locusts / paperRain explores the concept of disaster endings and new beginnings through visual and musical tension-release components. The installation can be seen as an experimental soundtrack of a looping Big Bang. In our current existential times, Van Dam and Various Artists want to create an interactive experience that plays with non-linear time loops and possibly activates critical reflections.

Various Artists
George Van Dam

On 11 April 2021 the artists will be present from 17:00 to 18:00 at the exhibition to give further explanation to the visitors on ‘Locusts / paperRain’.

'Oscillatory Motion' is an interactive installation presenting three entities, 60 cm high by 40 cm in diameter, which can be perceived as 'small robots', moving around between the audience and in a limited space. Luminescent vinyls on top broadcast a special compilation of sounds and music science fiction films of the 60s. The trajectories of these entities are programmed to be synchronised, and can change direction when encountering an obstacle. The project attempts to trigger our memory space confronted with the human cosmological projections of a certain era, creating a chaos apprehended by the infinite and interactive movement of a world that can be translated mathematically.

Beatrijs Albers
Reggy Timmermans

On 15 April 2021 Beatrijs Albers & Reggy Timmermans will be present from 17:00 to 18:00 at the exhibition for give further explanation to the visitors on ‘Oscillatory Motion’.

'Inland Wonderland' by Alexandra Dementieva

Inland Wonderland is an interactive object that deals with the concepts of chaos and order. Our universe obeys to the logic of four interactions - gravitational, electromagnetic, strong, weak - affecting it (not counting the Higgs field). Chaos on the other hand is only produced by human activity and our heads are the omnipotent producers of this phenomenon.

Inland Wonderland translates this contrast in interaction with the visitor who activates the helmet by lowering it. A human figure begins to move and starts to run in disorder, triggering other characters who are also running. The animation of people in chaotic motion lasts as long as the viewer holds the helmet.

Alexandra Dementieva
Adem Labo

On 18 April 2021 Alexandra Dementieva will be present from 17:00 to 18:00 at the exhibition for give further explanation to the visitors on 'Inland Wonderland'.

Object design by Peter Maschke

With the support of

This exhibition is supported by Vlaamse Gemeenschap culturele activiteiten premie, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC), in partnership with iMAL, nadine and Adem.

This activity has also been possible thanks to the support of ERDF and the Brussels-Capital Region.