Virtual Reality’s Impact on People with Depression

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In a study done by The Royal College of Psychiatrists, it was indicated that immersive intervention from virtual reality could have a positive clinical effect, especially to those who are patients of depression. The results are further supported by studies from UCL and ICREA (University of Barcelona). What is depression? Depression is a serious mood disorder with severe symptoms which affect the way a person thinks, feels, and handles daily activities. Some signs of depression include irritabi...

INTERACTIVE VJING : Jim Rolland vs MediCament

Following a call for applications, I was selected by the French Institute in Morocco for a two-week creative residency at the French Institute of Agadir in June 2016. The aim was to achieve a set of interactive Vjing on traditional southern Moroccan music. The group with which I was led to work is called MediCament. Their charismatic leader, Mehdi Qamoum, plays guembri (traditional instrument of the Gnawa music) and sings beautifully. His seven musicians are on drums, guitar, bass, keyboar...

Digital Art Explained – Is It Really Art or Not?

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For a lot of people, when they look at some digital art and then compare it with “traditional art” they feel like the digital art is cheating in some way. For these people things are as simple as this – if you have money to buy a graphics tablet you will be able to create digital art, if not your work will suck. If they already have a tablet, the next step is to buy the newest Photoshop and so on. It is true that a person can do a lot of things using these software solutions. ...

INFERNO: I was a robot at Elektra Festival

Amongst the main obsessions to haunt the modern-day imagination, robotics still feature prominently. In contemporary imagery, from Robot Cop to Iron Man, fantasy surrounding anthropomorphic machines continues to grow. So it is hard to refuse when you are invited to participate by the organisers of the “mechanical” themed Elektra Festival, AUTOMATA, in INFERNO, the Rolls Royce of robotic performances by the Quebecois artists Bill Vorn and Louis-Philippe Demers. This is an oppo...

Antique and chromatic Machines

Antique and chromatic Machines by Jean-Robert Sédano & Solveig de Ory   In this kinetic and participative installation your legs as well as your head are in the spotlight. The antique and chromatic Machines associate the elegant mechanics  "Modern style"  with digital art in a green version disconnected from the electric mains. The installation consists of four old sewing machines, which we have kept the pedal to animate a luminous di...

European Maker Week 2016 - Brussels

  A celebration of makers and innovators from all over Europe! Experience the creativity of Brussels' FabLabs and Hackerspaces! In the framework of the European Maker Week, supported by the European Commission, iMAL invites artists, designers, makers, hackers and tinkerers from Brussels to exhibit a selection of their projects. Come and discover a connected light totem, volumetric typography, an artwork vending machine, objects made from industrial leftovers, 3D printed creat...

[TechCrunch] The digital age of data art

Many artists use as material for art the raw data produced by our societies, seeking innovative means of display or transforming it into a work of art. By blurring boundaries between art and information, data art dispels the myth of the romantic artist while offering a fundamental artistic act in a critical commentary of the digital age in which we live. An age that is supposedly open and yet increasingly obscure or incomprehensible to non-specialists. By re-appropriating these reams ...

BIAN AUTOMATA: Montreal in AUTOMATIC mode

Are we now fully immersed in the age of machines? This is the question that we will all be asking, from 3rd June to 3rd July 2016, during the international cultural rendezvous organised by ELEKTRA and the Arsenal Contemporary Art space in Montreal, as part of the major exhibition for the 3rd International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN). An exhibition with as theme AUTOMATA: art made by machines for machines. It is impossible to make an exhaustive list of events gracing Montreal with their presen...

Iterations #2: I don’t know where this is going

A collective installation by Constant & esc Contrary to on-line services such as Open Street Map or google maps, the playful spatial earth itinerary simulator proposed in this installation points at the stormy weathers, the obstacles, the troubles and uncertainties you might encounter on a journey. Bodies and objects move through the space of I don’t know where this is going. They curve, bend, avoid, cut across, crossing lines of separation and connecting the dots from ...

What is there to see and do at the (sprawling) Sónar Festival 2016 ?

The Sónar Festival in Barcelona has brought multimedia artists, musicians and performers together from all over the world since 1994. With several hundred digital events squeezed in from 16th to 18th June, it is a mean feat to pick out the most interesting. Let’s take a closer look at the 3 buzzing days. In the space of two decades, Sónar has positioned itself to act as an excellent barometer for digital trends. Sometimes considered the best festival for electronic mu...

Summer Digital Workshops 2016

Processing, Blender, Digital fabrication, Arduino, Raspberry Pi Join us for the 12th edition of our Summer Digital Workshops! These six courses address techniques and practices increasingly used in performing art, installation art, (audio)visual art and of course digital art. They are all based on open(-source) softwares and hardwares. This year, the programme includes two new workshops exploring the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi single-board computer, as well as an extended 3D-m...

L:ED new creation : "Matilda"

L:ED has been commissioned by the FONLAD Festival to close its 2016 edition in Coimbra (Portugal). Thus, we have created "Matilda". Matilda mixes corporality, visuals and sounds to elaborate a complete performance, where dream and reality intersect, where the personality gradually embodies itself to reach its full potential. But, confronted to the outside, will Matilda's personality stay consistent, sound and safe? The piece is immersive so the viewer can give vent to...

ADAF: Athens in alternative digital mode

Baptised Digital Pop, the twelfth Athens Digital Arts Festival (ADAF) aims to highlight the different aspects of a new pop culture underway at the height of the digital age, when new practices linked primarily to new technology and the internet generate new behavioural and creative trends affecting us all on a daily basis, and tinged with an underlying sensitive militant tone. A year ago, the Ultima-Musée Pop du Jeu vidéo festival took over the Lieu Unique in Nantes highlig...