Ein f18institut Projekt während der Baltic Biennale Artgenda2002
in Hamburg

artgendaTV wurde als künstlerische Plattform für alle an der
Artgenda teilnehmenden Künstler konzipiert, wir entwickelten
2 Live- und Produktionsstudios sowie diverse Postproduktions
Einheiten, bauten ein Soundlabor, Werkstatt und Küche.
Für die 2wöchige Veranstaltung hatten wir eine Vorbereitungszeit
von ca. 6 Wochen vor Ort im Studio, inkl. Aufbau und organisation
des Teams. Das Team bestand aus circa 40 unbezahlten
Kooperanten und Mitarbeitern die zusätzlich auch ihre eigene
Ausrüstung miteinbrachten.

Nähere Informationen zum Projekt und Team auf artgendaTV

Stefan Doepner
Tinka Scharfe
Jan Cummerow
Philip Sollman

Gefördert vom Kultursenat der Stadt Hamburg

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Short descreption of examplary projects:
audiovisual plattform of the Baltic biennial Artgenda 2002 in Hamburg by f18- Institute for Art,
Information and Technology
The framework of such an international biennial offers the possibility to generate and experiment with
new formats.
artgendaTV is meant to serve as an artistic medium for this purpose, as a projection surface for
performers and videos, as well as an information and documentation channel.
We set the editorial frame and the design of artgendaTV and we generate open formats in which the
artists can integrate their own work. The content of these formats depends on our guests’ input with the
agreement of our editorial staff.
Some of the formats contain specified frames concerning the content and the aesthetics, e.g. by
determining the recording devices and the cut styles/editorial style.
Surveillance cameras play an important role. Even though surveillance cameras are immanent
everywhere (in public life), their special aesthetic value is usually reserved for those few people who
have access to a CCTV (Closed Circuit TV). We use the aesthetic value, look and content of CCTV and
transform it into ”Public CTV”.
The huge picture-flow generated by the automated surveillance system poses a problem as far as the
analysis and meaning of such systems is concerned. It requires particular care when it comes to
processing the information and managing the images. Therefore sensor controls have been developed as
a support, i.e. automated analysis has become a central focus point for research. Only automated
analysis systems can cope with such a big amount of audio-visual information.
For example, A:I:ZAPP, developed by Nicolas Anatol Baginsky, is an automated format- supervisor that
manages a picture-flow on the basis of fixed parameters of the respective interests.
A:I:ZAPP is a video-editing unit controlled by artificial intelligence. It has the ability to analyse, select
and edit up to ten video sources.
Other than that there will be further automated devices such as - e.g.- the Goldfish Disco by Gwendolin
The moderators of the Goldfish Disco are two goldfish that can be located by a video-matrix. Different
places they can go to in the aquarium trigger a special MIDI signal1, i.e.: wherever the fish is swimming
at this particular point in time decides which movie will be playing next.
Besides that, special camera-systems, we developed ourselves will be used, such as e.g. radiocontrolled
autonomous robot cameras broadcasting special or unknown perspectives.
artgendaTV will mainly be broadcasted as a webTV program. The technical infrastructure and streaming
services are provided by in Hamburg. The artgenda biennial itself is meant to build a
network of the Baltic social and cultural spaces. To serve this purpose we would like to draw upon the
diverse networks of the artists in their home regions. Co-operation with Baltic and foreign TV channels
and streaming partners such as TV5 in Riga and Channel29 in San Francisco are being negotiated. The
Hamburg TV channel Offener Kanal is willing to broadcast some sequences of the artgendaTV program.
Public space
3 ”public displays”, consisting of ready made garages where the back walls have been replace by a
pane, will be used as projection surfaces for the artgendaTV program. The re-projections are fed by a
broad-band connection and are situated in significant Hamburg places.
These artgendaTV ”broadcasting windows” offer the opportunity of reaching people who are not primarily interested in art
and thereby widening both impact and perspectives.
1 i.e. control skilful MIDI devices, e.g. a MIDI keyboard which keys correspond to a video source instead of a sound