I've just got back from Ars Electronica [...] here are the winners of the Golden Nicas.
'458nm ' by Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber and Jan Bitzer from the Film Academy of Baden Württemberg were the winners of the Computer Animation / Visual Effects category.
'It's midnight. A smattering of moonlight falls upon the forest floor. Two mechanical snails move slowly through the darkness. They confront one another and briefly take the measure each other's powers before uniting in love play. With mounting ecstasy, their transparent bodies begin to glow,but just before climax a dark shadow looms over them;'
The Digital Music category was awarded to sound pioneer Eliane Radigue for a contemplative piece entitled 'L'ie circ;Ie re-sonante.'
According to Eliane Radigue, 'L'ie circ;Ie re-sonante' (The Resonating Isle) was inspired by a moment in which the musician saw an island in a lake while the water reflected her face. Such an image is twoelements in one-- a 'real' picture and an optical illusion. The depth of the water is reflected by thedeeper tones; the higher tones float above them like the island jutting out of the water.
Eliane Radigue composes electro-acoustic music. In the early '50s, she was one of the pioneers of this genre (together with Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry). The same consistency and economy with which she works exclusively with an ARP synthesizer has characterized her musical mode of expression for decades. Lately, she has been discovered as a model by a younger generation of musicians.
Interactive Art winner was Paul DeMarinis for his installation 'The Messenger'
E-mails from all over the world are received by a computer and distributed to three systems of bizarre output devices that enable installation visitors to experience the messages sensorially. First, to 26 washbasins arrayed in ...