Herman Kolgen at Alpha-ville LIVE, Kings Place, London, 18 May 2014, 7-9pm

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Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray’s photography Elevate de Poussiere, Dust explores the changes in the state of matter. At the edge of the imperceptible, pigments are suspended around a magnetic field, random fibrous networks take shape and then form composite objects, hypnotic in their complexity. Sound particles paired with luminous aggregates exist on a scale that cancels out all points of reference.

Inject is a visual masterpiece in high definition awarded with the honorary mention at Prix Art Electronica 2010. In Inject, Herman Kolgen illustrates a loss of touch with reality, and the strange disconnection between the physical and emotional states of being.

A human body is injected in a cistern over the course of 45 minutes. The pressure of the liquid exerts upon him multiple neurosensorial transformations. From his epidermal fiber to his nervous system, he reacts to influxes of viscosity in this liquid chamber. The performer had to be immersed for over eight hours a day in the glass tank, oscillating between weightlessness and lack of oxygen. With the aid of various digital video recording and photographic systems, Herman Kolgen assembled many series of temporal sequences images than then assembled into a flexible and modular body.

Kolgen looks at Inject now and sees its emotional charge, how its is aggressive and extreme but at the same time a perfect “example of how my life is mixed with my art”, how his art is very personal and has always progressed that way. http://www.mutek.org/en/magazine/298-multidisciplinary-action

This event is kindly supported by the Québec Government Office, London and the Canada Council for the Arts.

[HERMAN KOLGEN BIO] Internationally renowned, multifaceted artist, Herman Kolgen, has been modeling sumptuous ‘audiocinetic’ performances for over twenty years. The Montréal-based sight and sound virtuoso, continually hatches new conceptual approaches to celebrate the powerful synergy (and intimacy) at the heart do his audiovisual works. Constantly exploring, Kolgen works at the junctures of different media, as well as elaborating a new technical language and distinctive aesthetic. Kolgen’s works take the forms of installations, video, performances and sound sculptures. He has performed at prestigious international events such as Berlin’s Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, Austria’s Ars Electronica, Elektra and Mutek.

Herman Kolgen website: http://www.kolgen.net/

Herman Kolgen on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user2308701


Event details:
Date: Sunday 18.05.2014

19:00 – 19:45 | Inject
19:45 – 20:05 | Interval
20:10 – 20:55 | Dust
+ Q&A

Online price: £14.50/ Savers £9.50
Tickets can be purchased via Kings Place website: http://bit.ly/1eRkK5I