The processual sculpture “Fragments” is in permanent development and consists of artefacts of the “Rotting Sound” project of artistic research*. Waste, things collected, things stored and things put aside, texts, pictures, data, sounds etc. are the basis of the shape-changing work. It is located at the Auditorium of Rotting Sounds. For this exposition, media representations of physical fragments have been arranged, then subjected to multiple stages of erosion processes specific to digital data. Object or exhibition, museum or archive, collection or documentation are moments of intrinsic research and decomposition, accompanying the process and resting in the distant but immediate eye of the virtual observer.
*“Rotting Sounds – Embracing the temporal deterioration of digital audio” is a cooperation of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. It is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) as project AR445-G24.
Tobias Leibetseder is a composer, performer, sound- and media artist. In his work he engages with the aspects of space and transformation. Studied jazz/fusion guitar at the American Institute of Music. Studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology. Studied computer music and electronic media at the Institute for Composition and Electroacoustics at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Studied media composition and computer music at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. Works in the field of electroacoustic music, sound art, radio art, graphics, design, media art.
Thomas Grill works as a composer and performer of electroacoustic music, as a media artist, technologist and researcher of sound. His artistic work encompasses most varied fields of audible and trans-media art, focusing on loudspeaker-based music, electroacoustic improvisation, as well as installations and interventions. He earned a doctorate in composition and music theory at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Graz. Post-Doc research followed at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI). He is currently heading the Certificate Program for Electroacoustic and Experimental Music and the project of artistic research “Rotting sounds” at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria.
Keywords: rotting sounds, fragments, artefacts, digital, assemblage, time, erosion, rot, transformation, deep time, media archaeology, encoding, codec, interpretation, degradation, glitch, disintegration, patina, failure, error, loss, residuals, information, fuzzyness, entropy, spores, objet trouvé, cross-medial sculpture, processual sculpture
Contributors: Almut Schilling and Till Bovermann
Visit the exposition in the database Research Catalogue.