Curator: Dafna Falk
A single ant is quite a simple creature but an ant colony is capable of anticipating changes in weather and designing complex underground structures. If we try to study the behaviour of one ant, we would find no trace of these complex behaviours since they result from encounters between all the ants in the nest. This is a classic case for a situation where the whole is larger than the sum of its parts. The term, Emergent Behavior, taken from complex system theory, refers to the behaviour of a collective system, or entity, which is driven not by the summation of its individual parts, but by the interactions between them. These interactions hold the power to define the complex entity as a new self-organised whole. The system’s collective behaviour leads to the formation of an unexpected new event.
Each work in the exhibition addresses such moments of emergence in their unique way. Capturing these events enables artists to hone the spontaneous processes into their works and to inform their formalistic properties in essential ways. These events of complexity resonate through every aspect of life and mark the allure of the formation of a being, an entity as a deterministic form. It was even argued that a strong and complex emergence cannot be reduced or simulated, and was even referred to as “magical”. Science had long made its objective to investigate such events of emergence, as they hold the key to understanding life, with all its glorious complexity.
Therefore, the works are generative – they are becoming and working by their own self- organising mechanisms. They draw a seam line between the godlike aura of magic and scientific examination, randomness and regularity, materiality and ideology, and the turmoil feelings of devotion till death.
Liat Danieli and Hagai Izenberg, The Singing of the Drones, Bees on timelapse, 5 min video loop, 2020 Director and Installation art : Liat Danieli Sound art: Hagai Isenberg Photographer and Editor: Yotam Eytan. For more info >>
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Daniel Treystman, i++, Virtual space of the A/V installation Screens, Computers, Speakers, 2020. Space modeling and platform design by Amos Peled Premiered at Musrara School of Art, Jerusalem. For more info >>
Liat Danieli and Hagai Izenberg, The Singing of the Drones, Bees on timelapse, video, 2020 Director and Installation art : Liat Danieli Sound art: Hagai Isenberg Photographer and Editor: Yotam Eytan. For more info >>
Alp Tuğan, Dasein of Others, 2020, video recording of live audio-visual performance, 5:23 min, sound. For more info >>
ABOUT THE ARTWORKS
Michal Lazarovitz, Death Spiral, 2019, 3:00 video loop installation, sound.
The work’s point of departure is found footage, documenting a natural phenomenon named “death spiral”, whereby a group of “blind” ants lose the pheromone track of their foraging party and begin to follow one another in an inwards spiral, until they die from exhaustion. To highlight the formal beauty of this tragedy, an “optical flow” algorithm was used to track the ants’ movements. The soundtrack, incorporated with Sufi music, creates a multilayered experience in which mankind and animal, the natural and the artificial, image and drawing become two sides of the same coin.
Michal is a multidisciplinary artist based in Givataim who works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, and installation. She completed the Post-Graduate Fine Art Program Studies of the Beit Berl Faculty of Arts, HaMidrasha. Currently studying for a master’s degree in the Multidisciplinary Program of the Faculty of the Arts at Tel Aviv University.
Gal Sharir, Artificial Icebergs, 2020, Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), using RunwayML, video loop.
Icebergs are melting faster than we have predicted. Using a neural network, hundreds of images of new icebergs are generated, based on existing photographs collected on the internet. We should keep in mind that while images are easy to generate, creating new icebergs is impossible.
Gal is Multidisciplinary designer, visual artist and developer based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Graduate of the joint program of computer science and design, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Nitzan Yehilel Cohen (Nitzky), Circular, 2020, scanned images and sound.
The work is a part of the series Circular, which drawings were made by manual manipulation during a digital scan. These drawings were then translated into a new system of vocal notation, sung by myself.
Nitzan Yehiel Cohen (Nitzky) is an artist researching the audio-visual relationshipand experience through different forms of drawing.
Liat Danieli and Hagai Izenberg, The Singing of the Drones, Bees on timelapse, 5 min video loop, 2020 Director and Installation art : Liat Danieli Sound art: Hagai Isenberg Photographer and Editor: Yotam Eytan
The video is part of the exhibition “The singing of the drones” created by Liat Danieli. In this work, Liat and Hagai combined the recorded raw materials into a high-tension work that takes place in real time. More than 20,000 honey bees live and play inside a sitar with an enlarged resonance box on the rooftop of Alfred Gallery in Tel-Aviv. As the bees leave their hive to collect nectar their wings sometimes fret lightly on the sitar’s string. The resonate strings of the sitar and environmental sounds such as the wind, birds and cars are recorded 24/7 and Were processed into our VideoArt.
Liat Danieli is a multi-disciplinary installation artist, specializing in installations that incorporate: Bio art, sound, sculpture, video and digital media. Member of the cooperative gallery Alfred, Tel Aviv.
Hagai Izenberg is a sound artist, composer and musician. founder member of the electronic duo Rendezvous.
Eyal Yehowa Gruss, Lahat Haḥerev Hammit’happeḵet, 2018, screen recording excerpt of the work
Eyal is a new-media artist and machine learning researcher. He holds a PhD in physics, and is a Talpiyot graduate. Eyal creates poetry, interactive installations, computer generated art, algorithmic poetry, audio-visual performances, AI art and online interventions. Eyal also runs a new-media opportunities newsletter and hosts a mini-residency for new-media artists interested in AI.
Lahat Haḥerev Hammit’happeḵet (Hebrew for “flame of the overturning sword”) is an attempt to automate Eyal’s practice of Laḥašqesem (Hebrew for “magicspell”), where he creates personal mesostic incantations adhering to strict syntactic rules, which are written on a typewriter and pressed into a pin. This electronic version, is a novel cyclic cellular automata, where the Hebrew alphabet constitutes the states of the automata. As it evolves, words and mesostics forming spontaneously, are frozen in time to become islands of unchanging mantras.
Daniel Treystman, i++, Virtual space of the A/V installation Screens, Computers, Speakers, 2020. Space modeling and platform design by Amos Peled Premiered at Musrara School of Art, Jerusalem.
A curious physical phenomenon occurs when a number of pendulums with different properties are set in motion next to each other: while each pendulum moves individually, together they become an unpredictable web of a polyrhythmic system with 15 components. The resulting arithmetic progression creates a series of unique encounters, which are converted into an immersive audio-visual installation. A virtual experience of the installation was made to present the work in the absence of the physical experience.
Daniel Treystman (b. 1996, Israel) is a musician and audio-visual artist. His range of work includes studio compositions, live acts and multimedia installations. The main instruments in his work are acoustic drums and computer-based processing and synthesis. He is part of the metal trio Karkait, and an active member of Jerusalem’s lively experimental art scene.
Jasmine Nackash, Consensus
This project’s objective is to examine the relationship between an individual’s worldview and that of its surrounding – how they affect, limit, and shape each other over time. Through reorganization of basic units, each participant can strengthen or weaken what has been done before them, eventually contributing to the materialization of an “agreed” object.
Jasmine is a multidisciplinary designer and visual artist living and working in Jaffa.
Romy Arden, Brownian Movement, video loop, 2020
Brownian movement is a random order of movement that emerges from the movement of others. I imagine it as a flow that goes in-between of everything, a morbid form that moves along and against other flows. In this work I used brownian movement algorithms to create what seemed to me as water colour painting with code. The video loop shows 3 possibilities of development of the brownian movement.
Ronnie Karfiol, War Assistant, 2019, HD video, 6:05 Minutes, sound, subtitles.
War Assistant addresses questions of morality and warfare in an era of “Pure War”, a war so embedded in everyday life routine it continuously accelerates new weaponry technology. In an animated battle scene, inspired by real-life clashes between Israel and Gaza, a flying kite and a drone are seemingly clashing. However, the surreal way in which the kite and drone slowly merge into each other hints at their shared history and fate: like drones today, kites were used in aerial photography a century ago. Their surreal fight, therefore, is just a glimpse into how technological war, however tempting, has its limits.
Ronnie is a media artist from Tel Aviv, with works often trying to reflect upon the blurring, obscured frontlines between humanity and technology.
Lior Ben Gai, Red Nose Hexgliders, a part of Vital Signs series, 2020, 4:50 min video, sound.
Vital Signs is an online series, currently in development. It showcases the most recent findings of the Laboratory of Babel – a speculative research institute for the study of emergent virtual structures. In this episode we will observe a newly discovered species of continuous state cellular automata, called Red Nose Hexagliders.
Lior is a computational designer and lecturer, specializing in custom interactive software and computational modeling. He was an associate lecturer at the Dept. of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London and is a current lecturer at The Dept. of Visual Communication at Shenkar College of Design, Tel Aviv.
Alp Tuğan, Dasein of Others, 2020, video recording of live audio-visual performance, 5:23 min, sound.
“Dasein of Others” is a generative habitat of algorithmically created entities inspired by Leonhard Euler’s Catenoid Minimal Surface algorithm. All of the visual elements have a kind of mutual behaviour in order to create a linear story and sound is the kickstart of this generative environment.
Alp Tuğan works on creative coding, generative arts, interaction design and sonic arts. He’s creating audiovisual performances with RAW live coding duo. Tuğan also teaches Interaction Design, Creative Coding and Sound Design courses at Ozyegin University.
Ethan Crawford, Flock Frequencies and Cellular Sounds, live coding session.
Flock Frequencies and Cellular Sounds is a piece that uses two experimental software synths, specially built for this performance with the Sonic Pi live coding environment. These synths both use emergent behaviour algorithms to demonstrate how this can be used to make music.
High above, waves of Avians split and mingle, twist and turn.
Below, in the garden, the machines lie dormant, waiting.
A human strolls through them, pressing buttons.
The cells of the machines begin to hum quietly.
The noise intensifies as the machines awaken.
Once again, their music enters the world.
Ethan Crawford is a software developer whose interests also include music, AI and robotics. I enjoy performing live-coded music and helping to build tools such as Sonic Pi to let other people experience the same fun!