The raw material of the performance is a selected topical issue; its content, the comments, reactions and social media posts it provokes. An algorithm draws on data and analyzes internet users’ activity in real time to create scores for each of the six musicians in the ARTéfacts contemporary music ensemble.
The algorithm also ‘directs’ the lighting, giving the audience a holistic experience which combines sound and vision.
Viewers can wander among the musicians, and the process by which on-line data is transformed into scores is illustrated on screens. If they want to, viewers can also leave their own trace on the algorithm's feed, and hence on the performance.
For the music, the composer Nikoleta Hatzopoulou collaborated closely with the programmer Alexandros Drymonitis, who created the algorithm, creating a work consisting of distinct parts (melodies, rhythms, harmonies, motifs etc.) which the algorithm draws on to create the score.
The lighting designer Melina Mascha also worked in a way that allows the algorithm to combine and compose the lighting live.
The algorithm's code will be uploaded onto the open digital platform GitHub to allow other programmers to add to the project by writing code for other musical instruments, or even by developing the main algorithm further.
The ARTéfacts ensemble
formed in Athens in 2007. The ensemble has a core of seven members and a circle of regular collaborators who include artists from various fields as well as musicians.
Intent on exploring and interpreting the contemporary repertoire, the ensemble seeks to offer audiences a new perspective on its performance both by broadening the concept of a concert and investigating the expressive potential of the modern multimedia show.
The ARTéfacts ensemble has made numerous appearances in Athens, as well as at festivals in Greece and internationally.
A number of composers have composed works especially for the ensemble, including: Kornelios Selamsis, Maurilio Cacciatore, Stathis Gyftakis, Nicolas Tzortzis, Dimitris Andrikopoulos, Balázs Horváth, Branka Popovic, Laurent Durupt, Cassandra Miller, Doina Rotaru, Cornelis de Bondt, Grzegorz Marciniak, Ofir Klemperer, Thanasis Deligiannis, Christos Alexopoulos, Manos Ventouras and Esther Lemi.
The ensemble has also released two recordings: the CD THIVA Km102, and the live recording of their performance Cohabitation
with K. Bhta, an Onassis Stegi production.
is a musician active in experimental electronic music and noise. He studied at the postgraduate level at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam. His music practice centres on the texture of sound and of noise, exploring the limits of control with form as a primary goal. His educational goal is to provide knowledge on multimedia programming.
He has worked with artists from different arts disciplines as well as with various ensembles, both interdisciplinary and musical. He is a member of the Medea Electronique art collective and collaborates with the ARTéfacts ensemble.
As a member of Medea Electronique, he is behind Electric Nights, an Athens-based festival for live electronic music. He has presented his work in Europe and America and works as a freelancer in electronic music and multimedia programming. He is the author of “Digital Electronics for Musicians”
, published by Apress.
is a composer, musician and researcher. She studied composition and the viola da gamba at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (BMus and MMus in Composition) and completed a one-year course in sound Studies. She also studied Astrophysics at the University of Wales in Cardiff (BSc in Astrophysics). Since 2014, she has been a doctoral candidate in the Department of Architecture and Engineering at the Technical University of Crete, where she is conducting research in the area of Architecture and Music relating to composing in space and time.
As a composer and musician, she has worked in a wide range of musical genres: Early Music, contemporary, improvisation and pop. She has written instrumental, vocal, electronic and electro-acoustic music, chamber operas, music for theatre, dance, documentaries and multimedia installations. She has participated with her compositions in international festivals including Gaudeamus Muziek Week, Opera Dagen Rotterdam, Dag in de Branding, Spectrum, Bebersee, Bang On A Can, Sirga, and FIME.
As a performer on the viola da gamba, she has played with early music ensembles, while she also conducts research into the instrument on the level of improvisation, timbre and the performance of contemporary repertoire.
graduated in Theatre from the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She went on to pursue postgraduate studies in Theatre Direction (University of Middlesex) and Theatrical Lighting (Central School of Speech and Drama). She has lived and worked in Athens since 2000. She has collaborated with various groups and organizations in Greece and abroad, designing and implementing lighting for more than 200 productions.
She has worked for the National Theatre of Greece, the Greek National Opera, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Onassis Stegi, the Athens and Thessaloniki Megaron Concert Halls, the Municipal Regional Theatres of Patras, Kalamata, Roumeli and Kozani, as well as free theatre institutions including the Theatre tou Notou, The Theatro Technis, the Neos Kosmos Theatre, the Metaxourgeio, the Theatre on Kefallinias Street, and the Beggars Operas.