[ISEA2011] Paper: Javier Alejandro Garavaglia & Claudia Robles Angel – WOODEN WORLDS: Aesthetical and Technical Aspects of a Multimedia Performance Using Real-time Interaction


Wooden Worlds is an audiovisual, interactive performance by Claudia Robles Angel and Javier Alejandro Garavaglia. The piece, of variable length (conceived however to be about an hour long), is a complex multimedia performance, in which viola, video, photography, soundscapes, live electronics and live processing of pre-recorded sounds interact with each other in real time, all of which intersect in art, science and technology. The paper describes the technical aspects of the work as much as its aesthetical approach and intention. The concept of haptic images, as described by Deleuze [1] and their usage in the artwork is also introduced and explained.

[1] Deleuze, G., Guattari, F. and Massumi, B. 2004. A thousand plateaus: capitalism and schizophrenia. Continuum International Publishing Group, NYC, p. 545.

  • Javier Alejandro Garavaglia. Composer and performer (viola/electronics) born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; he shares also the Italian and German citizenships. He is currently Course Leader of the BA Music Technology (Sound for Media) at London Metropolitan University (UK), where he teaches music technology and composition, including Masters and PhD students. He studied composition at the Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires – Argentina) and made postgraduate courses in composition and electronic composition under the supervision of Prof. Nicolaus A. Huber (1990-1992) and Prof. Dirk Reith (1990-1995) at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen (Germany). Ph.D. awarded by London Metropolitan University: The Dramaturgy of Music: its Impact on my Composition. (2010). He has lectured 1997- 2003 at ICEM (Folkwang Hochschule Essen – Germany) and he was between 1999 and 2008 Associate Director of the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival (University of Florida – Gainesville – USA). Since 2009 he is juror of the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF).Since 1997: permanent subscriber of EMF. He has several publications about different topics of his research in journals, books and on the web (Spanish, German and English). His compositions have been performed in several places of Europe, the Americas and Asia. His compositions include works for solo instruments, chamber music, ensembles and big orchestra with or without the inclusion of electronic media. Some of his electroacoustic works can be found on CD releases.
  • Claudia Robles Angel is a media artist born in Bogotá (Colombia) and currently living in Cologne (Germany). She finished studies in Fine Arts in 1990 at the University J. T. Lozano in Bogotá (Colombia). She pursued postgraduate studies such as: Film Animation (1992-1993) at the CFP (Milan-Italy); MA in Visual Arts (1993-1995) at the École Supérieure d’Art Visuel (Geneva- Switzerland) and Sound Design and Electronic Composition at the Folkwang University Essen (Germany) with Prof. Dirk Reith from (2001-2004). In 2004 she won the second prize at the competition Hoeren und Sehen organized by the ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe and the Institute fuer Neue Musik in Darmstadt (both in Germany) for her audiovisual composition Bewegung in Silber. She was artist in residence (2004-2006) at the ZKM. Her most relevant work presented there was the piece Seed/Tree (audiovisual Installation/Butoh performance with live electronics). Her work is worldwide known, having participated in several group and solo exhibitions around the globe, for example at the Bauhaus- archiv Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, Germany (2003); the European Capitals of Culture: Sibiu and Luxemburg (2007); Enter3 in Prague, Czech Republic (2007), the International Computer Music Conference ICMC in Copenhagen, Denmark (2007) and Montréal, Canada (2009); at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 in Yokohama, Japan, at the DRHA: Sensual Technologies – Brunel University London, UK (2010), and lately at the Festival for Digital Media: Re-New2011 Copenhagen, Denmark and at the NIME 2011: New Interfaces for Musical Expression Oslo, Norway.  claudearobles.de
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