Visual Music 2

Saturday, 13 October, 2007
“Visual Music: live & discussed”: Daphne Dornbierer and Yves Schmid visit fluctuating images for the event series - presentation

This is the second evening in a series of events called “Visual Music live & discussed”, part of the project “Visual Music” (2007–2008) by media gallery fluctuating images. Over the course of two years, the project will deal with the diverse artistic and institutional aspects of Visual Music. We invite scientists, artists and curators to focus their special perspectives on the topic.

The project “Visual Music” (2007-2008) is supported by the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg.

Daphne Dornbierer found her central field of attention during her studies at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich, the Haute Ecole d’Arts Appliqués à Genève and the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Genève: critiquing media, curating media, with a special focus on cyber media. She has realised installations and compositions featuring electronic music, co-founded the internet radio station Ratio.fm and in 2005 and 2006 she curated the most important VJ festival in Switzerland, VJ Mapping in Geneva. There she staged programmes at the Spoutnik cinema that dealt with the history and with a critique of music visualisation, and always presented and discussed the latest state of the art in technological developments.

Yves Schmid began developing software in the early 1990s during his computer studies at the Université de Lausanne, specialising in interface design. Soon he developed video games for Amiga (AliaMap and AliaAnim). In 1995, he founded a label for 3D animation, called Playground. The following year, he created a software for 3D animations, Open Media Toolkit, that quickly garnered international popularity and made him a sought-after counsellor for game manufacturers like Disney (Montreal), HumanCode (Austin) and Scitex (Tel Aviv).
Since the turn of the century, Yves Schmid has increasingly moved into the Real Time Processing of digital information.
His major breakthrough came with the GarageCUBE label and the many open-source applications developed there. In collaboration with Boris Edelstein, Schmid created Modul8 in 2002, one of the most widely used real-time softwares for video performances and VJing. Modul8 set new standards for creating live video images to music.
Besides being a programmer, Schmid has stepped up his work as a lecturer, teaching history and the aesthetics of video games and of the open source movement at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Genève.

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