FriFormaA\V: Noitu - Semantic_Vacuum
SEMANTIC_VACUUM is a newly developed audio-visual concert piece by Noitu (Sašo Puckovski) that explores the stimulation of our usual senses in an attempt to provoke the experience of the rare neurological phenomenon known as synæsthesia - where stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway involuntarily sparks experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway, evoking sensations that challenge conventional perception boundaries.
At the aural core of the performance lies the cutting-edge fusion of Haken Audio's EaganMatrix sound engine and the touch-sensing, sound-sculpting potential of the "Expressive E Osmose" synthesizer. Through the use of fully improvised, live sound collaging and spatial sound manipulation techniques, the audience is traversed back and forth, across the thresholds of perceptible frequency ranges, non-standard tuning systems, and atonal sound timbres. The spontaneously generated sonic landscapes constantly expand and contract, enveloping the listeners into microscopic terrains and synthesized audio phenomena where the synthetic and the organic converge and shape-shift.
The optical aspect of the performance is attempting to forge a profound connection between sound and sight. Frequencies are dissected and channeled into different bands, each controlling a distinct visual element happening in real-time, thus blurring the line between what is heard and what is seen, attempting to create a delightful confusion within the observer's sensory system.
To realize the above-mentioned optical stimulation, a 2-channel video projection is used. The first channel projects onto a screen or wall behind the performer, while the second channel transforms a custom-made optical object into a hologram-like monolith sculpture that is placed somewhere between the performer and the audience. Both video channels are driven in real-time by a computer running the MAX/MSP environment, resulting in a dynamic interplay of retina stimulation outbursts that complements and enhances the auditory journey.
The performance invites the audience to venture beyond the ordinary. It's an exploration of the boundaries of perception where audio-visual expression transcends, offering a multidimensional sensory treatment to everyone who experiences it.
Production: KUD Mreža / FriFormA\V, Ljubljana
Programme curated by Nataša Serec & László Juhász
Co-production: Institute ON Rizom, Ljubljana
Partner: Ljudmila Association, Laboratory for Science and Art, Osmo/za, Ljubljana
NOITU (Sašo Puckovski)
NOITU is the audio-visual project of Saso Puckovski, a cross-disciplinary artist originating from Skopje, North Macedonia, and currently based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Having a particular fascination with the intersection of the physical and the virtual, Noitu frequently focuses on blurring the boundaries between sonic, visual, and interactive arts. His current interests primarily center around site-specific and environmental interventions, constructing immersive spatial experiences by seamlessly merging sound and imagery, as well as consistent exploration within the realms of live sound performance and sound improvisation practices. Noitu’s aural output can vary greatly, often incorporating meticulously crafted sonic textures and liminal audio sculptures, occasionally juxtaposed by syncopated rhythmic structures with unpredictable time signatures. Within a live performance setting, he usually delves into the exploration of auditory perception thresholds, non-standard tuning systems, and primarily obscured sound timbres.