[dance-tech] STELARC in Madrid - SESION PUBLICA - TALLER DE LAS TECNOLOGÍAS DEL CUERPO

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Presentation of the workshop
Presentation by STELARC

Performances by Rudolfo Quintas y André Gonçalves

Wednesday 19th DECEMBER  21.00 h

in La Casa Encendida - Auditorium

STELARC: zombie, cyborg & phantom bodies
The projects and performances explore alternate anatomical architectures 
realized as prosthetic attachments, robotic extensions, surgical alterations 
and avatar surrogates. There is an increasing proliferation of prosthetic 
parts, plastinated bodies and partially living entities. The body increasingly 
performs as a component in extended technological systems. Its awareness is 
extruded and its operation is extended into the realm of the alternate, the 
involuntary and the alien. The split body becomes a host for remote agents and 
generates phantom presence. It becomes both a possessed and performing body.

 
Stelarc has performed with a Third Hand, a Virtual Arm, a Stomach Sculpture and 
Exoskeleton, a 6-legged walking machine. In 2003 he completed the Prosthetic 
Head project, the Muscle Machine and collaborated with TC&A with the Extra Ear: 
¼ Scale. His present projects include the tissue cultured Partial Head and the 
robotic Walking Head. In 2006 he had surgically constructed an ear on his arm. 
He is currently Chair in Performance at Brunel University West London and 
Senior Research Fellow at the MARCS Labs at the University of Western Sydney. 
He was awarded a New Media Arts Fellowship by the Australia Council for 2005 & 
2006. His art is represented by the Sherman Galleries in Sydney. 
www.stelarc.va.com.au
 
 
Performances by Rudolfo Quintas y André Gonçalves
THE AUGMENTED BODY, PERFORMING THE IMPLICIT GESTURES
By Rudolfo Quintas, music by André Gonçalves and Software Collaboration by 
Damian Stewart 
In this Augmented Reality performance we propose to visualize and augment the 
gesture's implicit messages in order to achieve an out-of-body experience also 
known as 'Astral Projection'*. The Body, as concept research and sensory place, 
is a central element, were the visual and musical contents emerge in dynamic 
feedback adaptation between the performer and the system. 
*Astral projection (or astral travel) is an interpretation of an out-of-body 
experience achieved either awake or via lucid dreaming or deep meditation. The 
concept of astral projection assumes the existence of another body, separate 
from the physical body and capable of travelling non-physical planes. Commonly 
such planes are called astral or spiritual. Astral projection is construed in 
terms of the spirit or astral body leaving the physical body to travel in the 
spirit world or astral plane. The concept of astral projection has been 
familiar for thousands of years, dating back to ancient China and other ancient 
cultures.

Burning the Sound

Burning the Sound is a sound performance about the nature of rituals, power and 
control. It uses the fire from a lighter as instrument to subvert the patterns 
of computer sequenced samples that produce constant rhythm. Technology and Fire 
seem to share the fundamental principle of mankind: good and evil. But 
technology isn't "good or bad". The politics of this statement exist in the 
principle that we (as society) must be consciousness of our role in it, in the 
same way that fire is not "good or bad". What we do with it is what can change 
our lives. Fire was the first instrument of power and control that engaged men 
intelligence, used as a strategy both to survive and to kill. Technology shares 
this principle. It is our awareness that can make us to have a decision in its 
process. In Burning the Sound, the samples that produce the Beat are exorcised 
trough the impulse of fire, deconstructing it, until it reaches rhythmical 
patterns only able to be absorbed by the brain. The performance emphasises the 
aim to push the ritualistic primitivism, gesture and body to technological 
mediated computer sound performances.         


Rudolfo Quintas - Rudolfo is a 27 years old artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. 
In the last 7 years he has been developing artistic projects in the 
contemporary art domain by the convergence of several artistic disciplines with 
the sciences of computation. The body has been a central element in his works 
in domains such as Augmented Reality, Gesture and Motion Analyses, Performance 
and Installation Art. www.swap-project.com 

André Gonçalves - Since the late 1990s, Portuguese artist, André Gonçalves has 
been working in several fields such as music, video, installation and 
performance. Recent projects have included intermedia interactive installations 
such 'Resonant Objects', 'I Thought Some Daisies Might Cheer You Up' and 'You 
Got Me Floatin'. André has exhibited his work across the US, Europe and South 
America, his discography includes releases on the labels Sirr, Crónica 
Electrónica and Grain of Sound (PT), Winds Measure (US), Transacoustic Research 
(AT) and Cherry Music (JP).





SESIÓN PUBLICA - TALLER INTERNACIONAL DE LAS TECNOLOGÍAS DEL CUERPO



Presentación del taller

Presentación de STELARC

Performances de Rudolfo Quintas y André Gonçalves



Miércoles 19 de diciembre 21.00 h
en La Casa Encendida - Auditorio


STELARC: CUERPOS ZOMBIE, CYBORG y FANTASMA
Los proyectos y performances exploran arquitecturas anatómicas alternativas 
desarrolladas en forma de extensiones prostéticas y robóticas, alteraciones 
quirúrgicas y sustitutos avatares. Hay una creciente proliferación de elementos 
prostéticos, cuerpos de plastilina y entidades parcialmente vivas. El cuerpo 
actúa cada vez más como un componente en sistemas tecnológicos complejos. Su 
conciencia se despliega y su capacidad de operación se extiende en el reino de 
lo alterno, lo involuntario y lo extraño. El cuerpo dividido se convierte en un 
receptáculo para agentes remotos, genera presencias fantamáticas. Se convierte 
en un cuerpo que a la vez que actúa está poseido. 



Stelarc lleva cerca de 40 años revolucionando la escena del arte digital y la 
performance, sentando las bases del cuerpo amplificado electrónicamente, el 
cyborg y el posthumano con proyectos pioneros de las más radicales 
reinvenciones del cuerpo como Stimbod, Ping Body, Third Hand, Exoskeleton, 
Stomach Sculpture o la muy temprana performance Suspension. Ha realizado 
performances con una Tercera Mano, un Brazo Virtual, una Escultura en el 
Estómago, un Exoesqueleto, y una Máquina Andante de Seis Patas. En 2003 
completó el proyecto de Cabeza Prostética, la Máquina de Músculo y colaboró con 
TC&A en la Oreja Extra: Escala ¼. Sus actuales proyectos incluyen la Cabeza 
Parcial cultivada con tejidos y la Cabeza Andante Robótica. En 2006 se operó 
para insertar quirúrjicamente una oreja en su brazo. Actualmente es Chair en 
Performance en Brunel University West London y Senior Research Fellow en el 
MARCS Labs en la Universidad de Western Sydney. Le concedierion una beca de 
Arte y Nuevos Medios del gobierno de Australia en 2005 & 2006. Su trabajo está 
representado por las Galerías Sherman en Sydney. www.stelarc.va.com.au

 
 

Performances by Rudolfo Quintas y André Gonçalves



El Cuerpo Aumentado: Performance de los gestos implícitos - En esta performance 
de Realidad Aumentada proponemos visualizar y aumentar los mensages implícitos 
del gesto para alcanzar un experiencia extracorporal conocida como "Proyección 
Astral". El cuerpo como investigación conceptual y lugar sensorial, es un 
elemento central, donde los contenidos visuales y musicales emergen en una 
realimentación dinámica entre el performer y el sistema. De Rudolfo Quintas, 
Música by André Gonçalves, Colaboración en el desarrollo de software de Damian 
Stewart.



Quemando el sonido  - En esta performance el fuego se utiliza para porcesar 
señales electrónicas.

Rudolfo Quintas - Artista afincado en Lisboa, Portugal, de 27 años - lleva 7 
años desarrollando proyectos artísticos multidisciplinares en covergencia con 
las ciencias de la computación. El cuerpo ha sido un elemento central en su 
trabajo, en campos como la Realidad Aumentada, el análisis del gesto y del 
movimiento la performance y la instalación. www.swap-project.com 

André Gonçalves - Desde los años 90 el artista portugués André Gonçalves ha 
trabajado en diversos campos como la musica, el video, la instalación y la 
performance. Proyectos recientes incluyen intalacinones intermedia interacivas 
como 'Resonant Objects', 'I Thought Some Daisies Might Cheer You Up' y 'You Got 
Me Floatin'. André ha expuesto su trabajo en EEUU, Europa y Latinoamerica. Ha 
grabado con con sellos como his discography includes releases on theSirr, 
Crónica Electrónica y Grain of Sound (PT), Winds Measure (US), Transacoustic 
Research (AT) yCherry Music (JP).



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Presentación of the workshop

Presentación by STELARC

Performances by Rudolfo Quintas y André Gonçalves

Wednesday 19th DECEMBER  21.00 h

in La Casa Encendida - Auditorium

STELARC: zombie, cyborg & phantom bodies
The projects and performances explore alternate anatomical architectures 
realized as prosthetic attachments, robotic extensions, surgical alterations 
and avatar surrogates. There is an increasing proliferation of prosthetic 
parts, plastinated bodies and partially living entities. The body increasingly 
performs as a component in extended technological systems. Its awareness is 
extruded and its operation is extended into the realm of the alternate, the 
involuntary and the alien. The split body becomes a host for remote agents and 
generates phantom presence. It becomes both a possessed and performing body.

 
Stelarc has performed with a Third Hand, a Virtual Arm, a Stomach Sculpture and 
Exoskeleton, a 6-legged walking machine. In 2003 he completed the Prosthetic 
Head project, the Muscle Machine and collaborated with TC&A with the Extra Ear: 
¼ Scale. His present projects include the tissue cultured Partial Head and the 
robotic Walking Head. In 2006 he had surgically constructed an ear on his arm. 
He is currently Chair in Performance at Brunel University West London and 
Senior Research Fellow at the MARCS Labs at the University of Western Sydney. 
He was awarded a New Media Arts Fellowship by the Australia Council for 2005 & 
2006. His art is represented by the Sherman Galleries in Sydney. 
www.stelarc.va.com.au
 
 
Performances by Rudolfo Quintas y André Gonçalves
THE AUGMENTED BODY, PERFORMING THE IMPLICIT GESTURES
By Rudolfo Quintas, music by André Gonçalves and Software Collaboration by 
Damian Stewart 
In this Augmented Reality performance we propose to visualize and augment the 
gesture's implicit messages in order to achieve an out-of-body experience also 
known as 'Astral Projection'*. The Body, as concept research and sensory place, 
is a central element, were the visual and musical contents emerge in dynamic 
feedback adaptation between the performer and the system. 
*Astral projection (or astral travel) is an interpretation of an out-of-body 
experience achieved either awake or via lucid dreaming or deep meditation. The 
concept of astral projection assumes the existence of another body, separate 
from the physical body and capable of travelling non-physical planes. Commonly 
such planes are called astral or spiritual. Astral projection is construed in 
terms of the spirit or astral body leaving the physical body to travel in the 
spirit world or astral plane. The concept of astral projection has been 
familiar for thousands of years, dating back to ancient China and other ancient 
cultures.

Burning the Sound

Burning the Sound is a sound performance about the nature of rituals, power and 
control. It uses the fire from a lighter as instrument to subvert the patterns 
of computer sequenced samples that produce constant rhythm. Technology and Fire 
seem to share the fundamental principle of mankind: good and evil. But 
technology isn't "good or bad". The politics of this statement exist in the 
principle that we (as society) must be consciousness of our role in it, in the 
same way that fire is not "good or bad". What we do with it is what can change 
our lives. Fire was the first instrument of power and control that engaged men 
intelligence, used as a strategy both to survive and to kill. Technology shares 
this principle. It is our awareness that can make us to have a decision in its 
process. In Burning the Sound, the samples that produce the Beat are exorcised 
trough the impulse of fire, deconstructing it, until it reaches rhythmical 
patterns only able to be absorbed by the brain. The performance emphasises the 
aim to push the ritualistic primitivism, gesture and body to technological 
mediated computer sound performances.         


Rudolfo Quintas - Rudolfo is a 27 years old artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. 
In the last 7 years he has been developing artistic projects in the 
contemporary art domain by the convergence of several artistic disciplines with 
the sciences of computation. The body has been a central element in his works 
in domains such as Augmented Reality, Gesture and Motion Analyses, Performance 
and Installation Art. www.swap-project.com 

André Gonçalves - Since the late 1990s, Portuguese artist, André Gonçalves has 
been working in several fields such as music, video, installation and 
performance. Recent projects have included intermedia interactive installations 
such 'Resonant Objects', 'I Thought Some Daisies Might Cheer You Up' and 'You 
Got Me Floatin'. André has exhibited his work across the US, Europe and South 
America, his discography includes releases on the labels Sirr, Crónica 
Electrónica and Grain of Sound (PT), Winds Measure (US), Transacoustic Research 
(AT) and Cherry Music (JP).







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